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Liton not losing his sleep over IPL call

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 25 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Liton not losing his sleep over IPL call
Bangladesh batsman Liton Das (right) plays a shot during the third day of the second Test against India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday. –BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh batsman Liton Das said on Saturday that he is not losing his sleep over featuring in the upcoming Indian Premier League, the world’s biggest franchise-based T20 tournament.

Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders picked Liton for the upcoming IPL alongside ace Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

Both the players were picked on their base price later in the player auction, held in Kochi on Friday after both of them went unsold in the first call. Shakib’s base price was RS 1.5 crore while Liton’s base price was RS 50 lakh.

It will be the first time for Liton to feature in IPL though the right-handed batsman hardly looked excited with the prospect as he feels it is still quite far away.

“No there is no (such excitement) thing going on. It is still quite far away,” Liton told reporters when his attention was drawn regarding playing the IPL for the first time.

“Let me go there to play and after that, I will have the feel (excitement),” he said.

Liton, who is the second highest scorer in this calendar year across formats with 1921 runs, added that he is happy to score those runs but added that he is keener to make sure that he is able to perform in the same manner in coming years.

Babar Azam is the only batsman ahead of Liton in 2022 making 2423 runs across formats.

“When you have made a place for yourself, it is challenging to hold on to it. I am thankful to God for giving me this opportunity. I am grateful for such a great 2022. I will try to give my best to have a similar 2023,” said Liton, adding that he did not lose his mind when there was criticism around him that he is not playing according to his talent in the initial phase of his career.

“When there’s a tag behind your name, criticism and praise are part and parcel of the game. I am not worried about it. I want to keep my place, but it is difficult. You can’t reach the same level every year. I want to be successful with my ability,” he said.