Process that Liton follows to be super consistent

Liton Das celebrates after completing his century

Just six months ago Liton Das was his shadow during the ICC T20I World Cup. Despite being termed as the most talented and gifted batter of the country, he was heavily criticised for his poor display in the world cup.

Liton was dropped from the T20 squad against Pakistan amid criticism. He chose Test as the stage for his return and the rest is now history.

When he made a comeback to the side he scored 730 runs in eight Tests, with three centuries and as many half-centuries, in six ODIs he scored 336 runs with one century and two half-centuries and in two T20 International he had 73 runs with a half-century, reports BSS.

That is a level of consistency which no batters of the world in this period could show. Only England's Joe Root could come close to some extent.

In the series against Sri Lanka, his consistency is envious. After scoring 88 runs in the only innings of first Test, he hit his career-best 141 in the second Test. And that innings came at a moment when Bangladesh slumped to 24-5. Partnering with Mushfiqur Rahim, he added a sixth wicket record of 272 runs to bail the side out of danger.

Liton Das has become synonymous to consistency in Tests

So how did he change himself? The shoft-spoken Liton was reluctant to reveal the reason for the change.

"You can say it well. I think my practice style has changed."

Asked what the process was, he maintained to gain such super consistency, he said "It's very difficult to say (what), what not to do or what has changed. I think I can say that my practice method has changed, but I can't say what has changed. It's up to me how I succeed or why I succeed."

Bangladesh's Liton Das plays a shot during the fourth day of the first Test cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on 18 May, 2022

One of most important aspects was to avoid what the critics said, Liton believed. He rather said the expectation was high on him and therefore critics lashed out at him when he failed to score.

"Criticism, this thing will happen. Since my life has been associated with cricket, if you play well, the people will applaud. They will come hard at you if you play badly. So this thing (criticism) doesn't bother me anymore," he said.

"I try to practice as much as I can. If I do not follow my practice method then I feel guilty to myself. I just try to follow my own process, the result is in the hands of the superiors," he remarked.

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"I try all the time," Liton said. "But sometimes I fail, sometimes I succeed. This is cricket and it will continue like this. I'm doing fine at the moment, maybe tomorrow I'll fail to score again. We have to continue with all this."