Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Break from T20s helped my Test game: Liton Das. Liton scored his maiden Test hundred on Day 1
Liton scored his maiden Test hundred on Day 1
Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Liton Kumar Das feels that his exclusion from the T20Is against Pakistan allowed him to work on his batting in the lead-up to this opening Test in Chattogram. Liton notched up his maiden Test hundred on the first day's play but could add only a run to his tally on the second morning.
“I think it's the result of the break I was given in the T20Is. Maybe they (team management) wanted me to do well in the Tests,” Liton told reporters after the second day's play.
”It is always a great feeling to reach a century. I got close to getting it against Zimbabwe in our last Test. But it is part of cricket. I would have been happier had I made this hundred a bigger one.
Liton added that playing first-class cricket before the Test match and making some tweaks in his technique that was shown to him by his childhood mentor of BKSP – Nazmul Abedin and Montu Dutta – helped him immensely in addition to the work done by batting consultant Ashwell Prince.
“I played a first-class match after the World Cup. I had this Test series in mind. I didn't expect too much from myself, but I prepared adequately,” said Liton. “The technical aspects are crucial. Even the smallest change in your stance can make a huge difference. It could change the style of play. It is nothing new. When I was in BKSP playing the NCL match, I spoke to Fahim sir and Montu sir about this particular problem. I worked with him (batting coach Ashwell Prince ) in Chittagong, when he felt I needed a small change. I won't say that I did well just because I changed my stance. I worked hard to come to this stage.
“It is always a difficult question about consistency. Everyone tries to be consistent. I will continue the process of my last six or seven Tests. I can't expect to score a hundred in my next innings. I have to start from zero next time. It is always a challenge, but I will try to stick to my process.”
Bangladesh endured a difficult second day. After being restricted to 330, they failed to get a breakthrough as Pakistan openers stacked up an unbeaten 145-run stand.
”How can you say it is a poor bowling line-up? Ebadat and Rahi are Test bowlers and they helped us in the past and picked wickets as well and there is no doubt about the ability of Taijul and Miraj, so you cannot say it is a poor bowling unit,” Liton said.
“When we lost four wickets before lunch, everyone thought we would be bowled out early. Mushfiq bhai and I put together a good partnership. By the end of the day, we were thinking about a big total. But cricket is unpredictable. Pakistan are in a good position now. If we can take two or three wickets tomorrow morning, we will be back on par.”