Litton Das is likely to be the wicket keeper in the Bangladesh team during the one off test starting in Fatullah on 10th June. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim will be unavailable to keep wickets after he sprained his ring finger in his right hand during the Khulna Test against Pakistan in April.
Mushfiqur Rahim was just seen batting in the nets, while Litton was practicing keeping wickets. If Litton Das is the wicket keeper in the team for the test match against India, he’ll be the first wicket keeper to keep wickets after Mushfiqur since 2007.
Unfortunately for Bangladesh, Mushfiqur’s injury couldn’t heal even after being rested from first-class games. Litton, who was in Bangladesh’s squad for the one T20 international and 2 tests against Pakistan, said that he was unaware of the role and was hoping to play against India.
Litton said, “It is not that I am excited. There is always the plan to be prepared to play in any situation. I would always be hoping to play a match. I will consider myself lucky if I do get a chance, because India is one of the top three teams in the world.”
“It is a big opportunity for me. There cannot be a bigger dream than performing well. I would want to give as much as the team wants, in whichever position. I am just training as I do.”
Litton made to the squad for Bangladesh-Pakistan series on the back of a great 2014-15 first class season. He was not only one of the three batsmen to score 1000 runs in the season, but averaged 81.14 in 15 innings, which included five hundreds and four fifties.
While he batted at the top for his domestic teams, he would be playing in the middle order against India. He spoke of that challenge too.
“I think an opener has to face spinners if he is to play a long innings. I don’t think I will have a problem playing down the order. I have been opening for the last 2-3 years. At the start of my career I used to bat at No 6 or 7. The situation will tell me what I have to do, whether to go after the bowling or bat patiently.”
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