What would have happened to Liton Das if he had crossed 90 in Test cricket! He went to the house of 90 twice and came back twice without seeing the three figures. Twice he hit a six to complete the century. Today, when the innings went to the 90’s at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong once again, the question must have arisen in Liton’s mind — will it happen this time?
Finally done. Liton Das finally overcame the pressure of the ‘shaky nineties’. Today, the wicketkeeper-batsman of the Bangladesh team did not try to reach three figures by hitting sixes. With one or two runs he advanced towards the target. And that caught the first century of Liton’s Test career.
Liton was last knocked out in the nineties in the last Harare Test against Zimbabwe. He was dismissed for 95 in the first innings. Earlier, the opportunity to score a century came in the Test against Sri Lanka in Chittagong in January 2016. He had to return after being 8 runs away from Seba’s century.
Today, when his desired first century came in the Test, the game was going on in the 7th over of the innings. The lights at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium were dimming as the day wore on. The game of the day will end after a while. Will Lytton’s century wait until the second day? At the same time, left-arm spinner Noman Ali’s full-length ball was pushed mid-off and Liton was short for a run.
When fielder Shaheen Shah Afridi’s throw crossed the stumps, Liton did not reach the crease. Luckily the ball didn’t hit the stumps. Liton completed the run by jumping, which also included his first Test century.
Mushfiqur came from the other end and slapped Liton on the back. The sound of ‘Liton’, ‘Liton’ was heard in the mouths of about four thousand spectators of Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. There is also a small festival in front of the dressing room of the Bangladesh team. With a smile on his face, Liton picked up the bat and got up.
Liton Das was in great rhythm in the test. He has the highest average among wicketkeeper-batsmen in Tests this year. However, his Test performance made him forget the T20 World Cup. Although the version is different, it is definitely stressful. Bangladesh batting coach Ashwell Prince thinks that the issue of T20 should not be brought in the test. Rather it should be seen how aesthetic Liton is.
Liton watched a dazzling innings against Pakistan at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Friday. Bangladesh lost 4 wickets for just 49 runs in Shaheen Shah Afridi’s cannon. From there, Liton and Mushfiqur Rahim turned around and changed the face of the team. In the 5th wicket they brought an unbroken pair of 204 runs. Liton is unbeaten on 113 and Mushfiqur is on 72 with his first century of his career.
Liton hit 11 fours and 1 six in the entire innings. Tight in defense, aggressive shots were confident.
At the end of the day’s play, Prince came to speak through the news and found out about Liton’s batting. ‘I don’t want to talk about the World Cup. It was a different competition. I think anyone who sees it will say Liton is an aesthetic batsman. If you don’t see it, I don’t know what you actually see. Today he has shown how classy a batsman he is. He also made 95 in the last Test. It was unfortunate not to get a century. Today he has risen one step. Reached a personal milestone. I hope he and Mushfiqur will make the pair longer tomorrow. ‘