Bangladesh has produced a lot of talented cricketers in recent years, and keeper-batsman Liton Das stands out from the rest for his stylish batting. More importantly, Das could prove to be a natural successor to veteran keeper Mushfiqur Rahim when Rahim decides to call it a day.
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Liton Das played his first Test match in June 2015 against the visiting India side, at Fatullah. He made an impressive 44 runs in the first innings but did not get to bat again in a rain-affected match. He made his first fifty in the very next match against the visiting South Africa team. In Bloemfontein in October 2017, Liton made 70 to become the top scorer as the Bangladesh batting collapsed around him to be all out for 147. Following on, the team lost the match by an innings. In the first Test of a series against the visiting Sri Lanka side, Liton was involved in a 180-run stand with Monimul Haque to help Bangladesh achieve their highest Test total of 513. Das scored 94, his highest score so far. In 20 Test matches, Liton Das has scored 859 runs at an average of 26.03 with the highest score of 94. He has also taken 33 catches and effected two stumpings.
Liton also played his first ODI against India in June 2015. Though the young batsman made just 8 runs, he definitely remembers the match in which Bangladesh registered a famous win. Three years later against the same rivals in the Asia Cup final, Das got to his maiden ODI ton, scoring 121 off 117 balls. Bangladesh lost the game on the last ball, despite Das’ Man of the Match performance. Included in the Bangladesh squad for the 2019 World Cup, Das had a brilliant debut against the West Indies. He made an unbeaten 94 in a 189-run partnership with Shakib al Hasan to help his side win by seven wickets.
Das notched up his second ODI hundred at Sylhet against the visiting Zimbabwe team in March 2020. His unbeaten 126 helped Bangladesh achieve a formidable score of 321/6. In reply, the visitors managed to score only 154. Das went on to score a mammoth 176 in the third match in which he was involved in a 292-run stand with Tamim Iqbal, setting two Bangladesh records for the highest score and highest partnership for any wicket. His 311 runs at 103.68 granted Das the Player of the Tournament award shared with Tamim Iqbal. In 36 ODI matches, Liton Das has scored 1079 runs at an average of 32.69 with three centuries, including the highest score of 176. He has also taken 24 catches and effected three stumpings.
Liton made his Twenty20 International debut against South Africa on 5 July 2015. Chasing 149 to win, Bangladesh collapsed to 96 all out. Das got a good start but was not able to succeed, eventually falling for 22. Only one other batsman got past 20. In March 2018, in the Nidahas Trophy held in Sri Lanka, Das made 34 in a lost match against India and followed it up with 43 against Sri Lanka. Das’s knock helped Bangladesh in chasing down the target of 215, with two balls to spare. Das’s top score of 61 came in August 2018, when Bangladesh met the West Indies at Lauderhill, in the United States. Opening the innings, Liton set up the platform for the Bangladesh score of 184/5. The Bangladesh bowlers restricted the West Indians to 135/7 in 13.1 overs to win by 19 runs using the D/L method in a rain-affected game. In 29 T20I matches, Liton Das has scored 636 runs at an average of 22.71 with the highest score of 61. He has also taken 18 catches.