Liton Das was left out of the T20I team for the Pakistan series due to his poor performance in the ICC World T20, where he scored 133 runs in eight innings. But the in-form player is now ready to put his past behind and prove once again why he is among the mainstays of the squad for all the formats of the game.
Although he is all prepared and set for the upcoming games, he has not forgotten the time when his position in the squad was put to scrutiny as he was dropped not long ago. Liton was left out of the T20I team for the Pakistan series due to his poor performance in the ICC World T20, where he scored 133 runs in eight innings. Despite his consistent appearances in Tests and ODIs, Liton’s status in the shortest format came under criticism after a protracted dry spell.
Although the team management stated that Liton was given a break against Pakistan, Liton admitted that he was actually left out. “It was not a break, I was dropped. Have I played a lot of cricket that I wanted a break and I was playing in the National League after coming from the World Cup so I am not sure how you can say it is a break,” he said.
His time away from the squad allowed the batsman to have some time to concentrate on his game. He recently starred in the One-Day Internationals against Afghanistan, and on Thursday, he broke a 16-game half-century drought by striking a critical 44-ball 60 contributions to the 155 for 8 total in his side’s big triumph.
“Someday you wouldn’t get a score and someday you would get a score. I was a failure in the T20 World Cup but that is past. I got an opportunity in today’s match and I tried to play well. It’s a different ball game. There is some rush in the T20 game. You will get enough time in ODI cricket and you will get more than enough time in Test cricket. The format is different. If you are in good touch then it’s very easier to score in any format,” he pointed out.
”Since I’m a top-order batsman I get enough time in Tests and ODIs. If you can change your mindset, I think 120 balls is enough time. Now I am beginning to understand this, I may not have understood it earlier. I am a human being and you will learn more as much as you play.”
Liton stated that he is willing to bat wherever if the team need it, and that he has no difficulty swapping positions in different formats, despite the fact that he bats lower down the order in Test cricket while being in the top three in white-ball cricket.
“I never want to make an argument with my batting position because my first priority is to contribute to the team in any way,” he said. “If the team management decides that I should open the innings then I am up for it and if they feel that I should bat at seven I am ready for it too since the team management knows well in which position I’m fit to bat.”