Understanding fielding in Liton’s way

Liton Das has shared his thoughts on different fielding positions in Test cricket and white-ball cricket.

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Liton has become a regular wicket-keeper since 2017 South Africa tour. He keeps wickets when Mushfiqur Rahim misses out on a T20I or an ODI, but most of the time he is an active fielder in limited-overs.

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“I see my fielding in two ways. If have different approaches when I keep wickets and when I don’t. The whole team’s responsibility is on me while I keep. I have to take catches and affect stumpings,” Liton said.

“When I play T20I or ODI cricket, my goal remains to save runs. I enjoy this too. So I concentrate on both parts of the game.”

Bangladesh’s fielding has been under the scanner since their return to cricket in 2021. Misfielding and dropping catches cost them few matches, including a closely-fought second ODI against New Zealand.

Liton says reading the batter’s mind is key to stopping runs, while practice can make catching close to perfect.

“You have to understand where your strengths are. Some fielders catch well, some are fast. Everyone has a different mindset. I’m not a quick runner. I always aim to get to the ball as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the batters would scamper through for two,” he explained.

“Since I’m a keeper, I have a good pair of hands. But getting quickly to the ball helps my task. It’s important for a fielder to have a close eye on the batter’s bat. Catching all about practice. If you can understand where the batter wants to hit, it makes fielding easier.”

Bangladesh’s next international assignment is playing three ODIs against Sri Lanka at home. Fielding coach Ryan Cook will be unavailabe as he has taken a paternity leave.

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