Lytton has the talent, but not the consistency


Noted commentator Ian Bishop said of his shot, ‘Lytton Das is painting the Mona Lisa here in Taunton today.’ Liton’s shot also impressed the audience. As long as he stays on the wicket, everyone should enjoy watching the batting; But the promise of Liton’s batting ability, his real form is not seen much.

Even before this year’s T20 World Cup, his form is not going very well. However, the team management has confidence in him. Why? The main reason is his lack of alternatives. The selectors have to endure criticism for keeping him in the team. However, the trust placed in him has been slowly eroding throughout almost his entire career.

Liton was born in Dinajpur. After that, he grew up as a cricketer in Bangladesh Sports Education Institute. Gradually got a chance in the under-19 team. He played two Youth World Cups. Then in the 2014-15 season, he got a chance in the national team by scoring a flood of runs for Abahani in the Premier League and Rangpur Division in the National League.

But despite showing some consistency in the test, he did not do much in the colorful outfit. In 2018, he played a great innings of 121 runs against India in the Asia Cup final. Shakib Al Hasan’s century on the day in the World Cup victory over the West Indies the following year came with 94 runs off his bat.

Litton’s career lacked consistency despite flashes of talent. He has been having a bad time lately. He has no half century in the last 12 innings in T20. After scoring 1, 23 and 12 runs in the first three matches against Zimbabwe, he was dropped from the XI for the last two matches.

Although Lytton is going to be one of the three openers in the World Cup until the end. Liton scored 1804 runs in 81 innings at a strike rate of 128.12 for the country in T20. The Bangladesh team will have high hopes that he will shine in the World Cup after being off form.

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