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Technical changes help Liton prove his worth, says Prince

  • Sports Correspondent from Chattogram
  • 27 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh batting consultant Ashwell Prince said that a slight bit of technical changes proved dividends for Liton Das, who scored his maiden Test hundred against Pakistan on the opening day of the two-match series opener in Chattogram on Friday.

 Liton's form was subject to scrutiny following his dismal performance in the T20 World Cup despite being among runs in Test format.

Liton along with others, who were not part of the Bangladesh T20 squad, started a camp at the Chattogram under the guidance of Prince to prepare for the Pakistan Test series.

“He (Liton) came here earlier to prepare for the Test series. We worked on one or two little technical things. Not a great deal of things. It was more about changing his stance, and basically his alignment to get him lined up better. I think he showed good balance at the crease. He is such a joy to watch. He makes batting look so easy when he is batting well,” Prince said regarding Liton, who remained unbeaten on 113 runs.

“I think anybody watching Liton’s bat can see he is a class batsman. If you can’t see that, I don’t know what you are seeing. Today the guy showed he is a class batsman. He made 95 in his last Test match. He was unlucky not to get a hundred. He went one step further and over the line today, in terms of his personal milestone,” he said.

“I was really impressed by how calm and composed Liton was today. I think the most nervous everyone got was when Liton started getting cramps. We were hoping that his body could hang in there till the end of the day. He is going to recover tonight, and hopefully, he can continue tomorrow,” he said.

“The dressing room was extremely happy when he got the hundred,” he said.

While Liton stole all the spotlight on the opening day, Mushfiqur Rahim played a crucial role to resurrect the innings as Pakistan were dominating after reducing the hosts to 49-4.

Experienced Mushfiq (unbeaten 82 runs) sketched one of the brilliant comebacks along with Liton, adding 204 runs for the fifth wicket stand.

Prince praised Mushfiqur for showing his patience adding that he is hopeful both will carry tomorrow.

“Hopefully he (Liton) and Mushfiq will extend the partnership tomorrow,” said Prince.

“Mushfiq was very patient at the start. He is an experienced player. A lot of younger players might have panicked at the low strike-rate, and not being able to get the ball away. But he is an experienced Test player. He stayed calm. He knew runs can come in faster periods in Test. He played a great innings today,” he said.

 “The pitch is good for batting. Is 400 enough or 500 enough? No one knows. We just have to keep batting until the captain feels we have enough to declare,” he concluded.