Liton Das wants 2019 World Cup to be his career’s turning point

For Liton Kumar Das returning to the middle order in Bangladesh’s current ICC World Cup set up is almost like going back to BKSP – the country’s lone sports institute. It was where where he joined in 2008 to pursue a career in cricket.
Only 14 then, the boy from the small town of Dinajpur had to convince his mother to allow him chase his dream. It was not an easy task considering he was the eldest amongst his siblings. When he did manage to convince his mother and join BKSP, he got in to fill a vacant spot in the middle order. He played that role for a while, before his coach Montu Dutta spotted his potential and promoted him up the order. Das feels that was the move that put his career on the right route.“I used to bat at five or six in the team. One day my coach Montu Dutta said unless you bat at the top how can you become a good batsman? Probably that was the turning point of my career,” Das told Cricbuzz.“I never batted down the order [in recent times] but if that is the need (for the team), I have to adapt and prepare so that I can make the most out of it.”And adapt beautifully he did. His 94 off 69 balls, batting at number five, in a tall chase of 321 against the West Indies showcased Das’s commitment to the cause. On his World Cup debut, Das did not look out of place on the biggest stage or in the middle order as he strung together an unbeaten and match-clinching partnership of 189 with Shakib Al Hasan to take Bangladesh home.
Das may be the toast of the Bangladeshis for his role in the victory over the men from the Caribbean, but he is still haunted by how he has been unable to fulfil his potential on a more regular basis for Bangladesh.He remained out of contention for the opening spot in ODIs since October 2017 but somehow managed to keep his place in Tests and T20Is. He got a lifeline in the Asia Cup in 2018 on the back of his match-winning knock in the third and final T20I against the Windies coupled with Anamul Haque’s prolonged lean patch.Das seized the opportunity by cracking a superlative hundred against India in the Asia Cup final but once again lost his spot after a lean patch. With the World Cup approaching, his inclusion looked unlikely, especially with Anamul Haque showing form with twin hundreds in domestic cricket.