I understand my game better: Liton Das
Bangladesh’s Liton Das’ focus is on evolving himself as he searches for white-ball cricket form in the upcoming Sri Lanka series.
Liton has not made a fifty-plus score in nine of the limited-overs matches Bangladesh have played. He returned to the international scene post-shutdown on the back of a stellar 176 in an ODI against Zimbabwe.
The 27-year-old was the leading run-scorer in Bangabandhu T20 Cup in lead-up to West Indies series, where he struggled on deliveries in line of the stumps.
Liton realises he needs to stay on the wicket in the first powerplay of an ODI match to give himself any chance for a big innings.
“I understand my game much better than before. Facing the new ball is an important part of my game as I am an opener. It gets easier if I get through the initial ten overs. I realised this from that  knock against Zimbabwe. The phase from 15 overs to 40 becomes easier for me,” he said.
“I am trying to explore something new. In the last two days I have worked on hitting long in a vow to get better.”
Liton scored one fifty in the Test tour of Sri Lanka. He will meet the same opposition in the ODIs at home this month. After ICC’s annual ranking update, Sri Lanka have fallen to ninth in ODI rankings, behind Bangladesh (7th) and West Indies (8th). Liton is optimistic that playing smart cricket could see his side go over the line.
“We are a really good team in white-ball cricket, especially at our home. It’s a plus point for us. Moreover, the players are maturing. If we play our own duties, we can beat any team,” he explained.
“Sri Lanka are a similar side. They play good cricket in limited-overs as well. We have to play smart cricket against them, and we have to prepare accordingly to give ourselves best possible chances.”
The series will start on May 23. All three matches will be played behind closed doors at Mirpur.