For every cricketer who has played the game at a certain level has a dream of representing his country in a big tournament such as the World Cup. Without a doubt, nobody would want to leave this opportunity at any cost as there have been many legendary cricketers who have although contributed a lot towards the game but haven't been part of the World Cup squad. Bangladeshi wicket-keeper batsman Litton Das is also hanging in between with the uncertain feeling of whether he will be part of the final playing XI or not.
After having played a fine 73-run innings in the warm-up game against India, Das will probably find it tough to make it to the playing eleven. The Bangladeshi top-order combination till now looks- Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar, the two openers and Shakib Al Hasan will be batting at three.
I will have to grow this mentality
During a recent interview, Litton Das revealed that although he has been opening the innings until now, but he is now ready to bat in the middle-order to find a place in the Bangladesh ODI team. He noted that he has prepared himself to bat at any position.
"So far I have been opening the innings. Now I will have to grow this mentality [to play down the order] in the practice session so that I am prepared to bat anywhere,'' quoted Litton Das.
Litton stated that there is a very tough competition going on in the Bangladesh camp for the final eleven spots. He mentioned that he will wait for his opportunity and when it comes his way, he will aim to utilize it to the best of his abilities. "It is not that only three cricketers are looking for a spot, all the 15 members are looking to get in. But you cannot play more than 11 cricketers, so naturally a few will be warming the bench. All I can say is that I will wait for my opportunity and try to utilise it to the best of my ability when it comes my way," Das mentioned.
This World Cup is expected to see the 300-run mark getting breached too often and thus the Bangladesh batsmen also need to go firing from the word go in order to challenge the rest of the teams. "I believe that one should prepare according to the pitch and should not assume how the wickets are going to behave. It can happen that you are assuming that there will be a lot of swing but at the end find out there is no swing at all," he inferred.
"In the last couple of matches, we have scored nearly 300 runs in every match. I don't think it matters [300 plus] too much now. If we are chasing more than 300 runs, we will go into bat with the mentality to chase it down and if we are setting the target, then we will try to set a sizeable total," the wicket-keeper added.
While talking about the opening clash of their campaign against South Africa scheduled on June 2, Litton said, “Nothing will be easy. The South African bowling attack is really adept in these conditions and it will be a challenging affair but it doesn't mean that we are not capable of beating South Africa. If we play well on the day, we will win."