Liton eyes opening slot in Asia Cup

06 Sep,2018

Wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das said on Wednesday said he would do his level best to grab the opening slot alongside opener Tamim Iqbal during the forthcoming Asia Cup, scheduled to kick-off on September 15.

The opening spot of the national team turned into musical-chair in the recent time as the team management tried several players like Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Mithun in the past series alongside Tamim only for none to settle down in the position. 
Liton, who last opened for the Tigers in an ODI against South Africa in October, is expected to return to the slot after Soumya, Anamul and Imrul failed to make it to the team.
Mithun is part of Bangladesh’s 15-man squad for the Asia Cup, but he is only expected to bat down the order this time around.
‘Actually this is a great opportunity as I am out of the one-day squad for a long period of time. If I get the chance I will try to do my level best,’ said Liton. 
‘Making regular start is a different thing. We got two matches of the Asia Cup ahead of us which are really important. If I get the chance there, I will try to perform well.
‘There is nothing like performing well. Everyone wants me to score runs, so do I,’ he added.
Talking about getting a permanent spot in the squad, Liton said, it would be a big challenge for him but he was reluctant to leave the chance without any fight. 
‘There will always be challenges because we are going towards a big event and if I play in the opening spot, definitely that will be a big challenge for me but I will try to deliver my hundred per cent,’ Liton said.
Liton, who built a reputation of being inconsistent after making a good start, admitted he was yet to be on the level of international stars and had been working on his shortcomings. 
‘Great players used to make their innings big when they get a good start but I couldn’t do it as I am not on their level,’ he said.
‘But I am trying to do something big.
‘Actually all you need is one ball to get out. So I am working on that to make my shots more perfect.
‘Staying in the wicket is not the end as you also need to score runs at the same time, and to score runs it is necessary to hit as many as possible. 
Talking about Afghanistan’s main man Rashid Khan– who troubled Bangladesh agonisingly during a Twenty20 series in June – Liton suggested that it would be difficult for the leg-spinner to have similar impact in 50–over cricket.
‘He [Rashid] bowls really well as he is currently dominating the world. But you have to understand that this is a different format,’ said Liton. 
‘In T20 it is necessary to score runs from the start but this is 50-over cricket where we will get some time to face him,’ Liton added.
Bangladesh are drawn in Pool B alongside Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in the tournament.
They will face Sri Lanka in the opening match in United Arab Emirates.

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