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Change in preparation style pays dividends for Liton

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 25 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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Change in preparation style pays dividends for Liton
Bangladesh’s Liton Das watches the ball after playing a shot against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. – AFP PHOTO

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Wicketkeeper-batman Liton Das on Tuesday claimed that a change in the preparation method proved dividends for him in the recent past.

Liton is currently enjoying the form of his life after he struck career-best 141 runs against Sri Lanka during the series-concluding second Test in Mirpur.

It was Liton’s third Test hundred in the last 13 innings and during this time frame, he scored 1100 runs in 21 innings at an average of 52.38 runs.

“I have changed my training method. I think it is best left untold,” Liton told reporters in Mirpur, adding that he’s becoming a better batman by being more responsible.

“It stays in the back of my mind that my team wants me to play a big innings. It helps me to know that the team depends on me,” said Liton, adding that he is not looking at the statistics these days considering in the past he was quite baffled seeing it.

“When I used to see (my statistics), I saw that I was on the backfoot. There was a challenge going forward. I no longer see (my statistics) because I am more focused on going ahead. I don’t know how far I can go,’’ said Liton,  adding that former batting consultant Ashwell Prince helped him to understand his batting better in the longer format.

“I know now the pattern of Test cricket, how long I should bat to get big runs. What he (Prince) explained to me, really helped me. I still follow those words,” said Liton.

“I am focused on my job, on my training. I’m trying to keep myself well. If I don’t try hard enough, I feel bad. I am just doing my job, the result is up to fate.

“There was no counselling. It is necessary to be mentally strong when you don’t succeed. Unless you fail, you won’t know which direction your mentality is going,” he added.