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Das — the new age Bangladesh cricketer

Success is infectious and Bangladesh’s recent good results in limited overs cricket has instilled a new belief in every member of the side. Even the newest member of the team, 20-year-old Liton Das, who made his international debut against India in the Fatullah Test, is inspired by the success story.

Forgetting the side’s shortcomings in the one-off Test, the Bangladesh team quickly switched to ODI mode. Ahead of the three-match series starting at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here from Thursday, Das, a promising wicketkeeper-batsman, said the host would put up a fine performance in the ODIs.

“If you see, we are playing really good cricket. We are playing well and will go match by match,” Das told media persons after the team’s practice session here on Monday.

Das belongs to Bangladesh’s new age cricketers, such as Soumya Sarkar, Rony Talukdar and Shadman Anik, who believe in their abilities and look forward to make an impact like their idol Shakib Al Hasan. Das looked confident as a ‘keeper in his first Test and gave a courageous performance by batting aggressively against top quality spinners Harbhajan Singh and R. Ashwin.

A product of the country’s age group cricket and a former member of Bangladesh under-15, 19 and 23 squads, Das shared his experience of facing some world class bowlers on his debut.

“It was good [experience]. I just hit the balls that I thought were worth hitting. Our target was to cross the follow-on mark and do something good for the team. Bad luck, I could not take the team over the line.”

The youngster, who is expected to play his first ODI in the series, is eagerly waiting for an opportunity. “If I get a chance to play, my target will obviously be to do something for the team.”

Nothing to prove

Das said he had got nothing to prove to the team management. “They know how I have come here. I played well in domestic cricket. I was the highest run-getter. So I am confident from that aspect. My target was always to give the team something.”

Das, who got his Test cap when home team captain Mushfiqur Rahim’s finger injury prevented him from donning the wicketkeeper’s gloves, said he was not competing with the accomplished senior player.

“I do not think there is any fight at all. He is the best at his place and I am trying hard. I have got an opportunity and I am trying to do whatever I can,” he said.

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