Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Litton Das has spoken up about his conversation with Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. The 28-year-old reacted to Ashwin’s prediction that Das would rise to the heights of the Fab Four batters, saying that things are very different in Bangladesh than in India.
The 28-year-old has evolved into one of Bangladesh’s most dependable and aggressive batters across all formats. Litton scored 73 runs in the second innings of the Dhaka Test to put Bangladesh on the brink of their first Test victory over India. He has climbed to 12th in the ICC Test batting rankings, the highest for a Bangladeshi batsman in the format.
We Have Not Played A Bilateral Series In Australia – Litton Das
Speaking to Sportstar, Litton Das stated that one of the main reasons he hasn’t evolved into a prolific run-getter is that they don’t face top teams very often, and he regrets not playing even one bilateral series in Australia.
“I had a conversation with Ash bhai in the swimming pool during the second Test in Mirpur. He told me that when he saw me for the first time in 2015, he thought that I could reach the levels of all those players you mentioned. But I told him that things were different back then. I was young and the more you play cricket at the highest level, the more you grow.”
“Secondly, we don’t play away series too often. Though we have played against New Zealand, we have not played a bilateral series in Australia, we don’t play too often in South Africa or in India or Pakistan. So, if you don’t play against top four-five teams on a regular basis, you won’t be able to grow as a cricketer.”
Recently, Ravichandran Ashwin recalled a conversation with Litton Das in 2015. Ashwin thought that Das could reach the level of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root, and Kane Williamson.
He continued, “That’s what I told Ash bhai. The Indian team plays regular cricket against Australia, England, New Zealand, so the players benefit. Even during the IPL, the Indian players get an opportunity to play with these cricketers and when you play with top-level cricketers regularly, then you get to learn a lot.”
I Am Trying To Change The Style Of Training – Litton Das
Litton Das stated that he has been training differently in order to survive in away conditions. The right-handed batsman recently guided his team to an ODI series victory over India. He scored 125 runs in five innings at a strike rate of 142.69 in the recently concluded T20 World Cup in Australia.
“If you have to enjoy success in Australia, South Africa, England, you have to train differently. The bounce that you get on the surfaces in Bangladesh is different from those countries, so I am trying to change the style of training. I thought that if I continue with the regular training regime then I will perhaps end up becoming a very good player in Bangladesh, but that won’t help me in achieving success across the globe. That’s why I have changed my training style a bit.”