Liton Das’s Struggles: A Concern for Bangladesh Ahead of the T20 World Cup

Liton Das, the 30 years old wicket-keeper batter of Bangladesh men’s cricket team made first international appearance in a Test match against India in 2015. His 44 off 45 balls in that innings, together with several charismatic performances against top-ranked teams like India, South Africa, and New Zealand in different formats in the early days, showed promise of him becoming the ultimate successor to Mushfiqur Rahim, the undisputed all-time best wicket-keeper-batsman of Bangladesh.

Though the expectation set by this batter is often stumbled mainly because of his inconsistency; he is still a beacon of hope to many for saving the team from the struggles in the limited over cricket.

Liton Das’s Recent Performance Analysis

In search of some reasonable grounds to become optimistic about Bangladesh’s success in the upcoming World Cup, Liton Das stands out as a shining one because of some amazing memories he gifted to the fans. Especially, his 60 off just 27 balls against India in the last T20 World Cup evidences how brutal he can be in T20s. But, his very recent form in this format deepens the tension too!

Apart from some amazing innings, we look into the Liton’s T20 career thoroughly, the overall the stats don’t reflect a great cricketer’s journey. In 79 international T20 innings, Liton Das has scored 10 fifties with average of 23.25 which doesn’t indicate an impressive one considering his talent and opportunities; yet not too poor considering overall situation of Bangladeshi batters.

However, the recent form of Liton Das is so frustrating that it has even questioned his eligibility to stay in the World Cup squad. In 2024, Liton has played six T20Is so far and scored only 79 runs. While having such poor average of 13.16, the strike rate is just 97.53 which is not at all convincing for a T20 opener.

Liton’s T20 Performance in last 10 matches

SIDate of the MatchOpponentHostRuns ScoredBalled Faced6s4sStrike RateMatch Result of Bangladesh
17th May, 2024ZimbabweBangladesh1215280.00Won by 9 runs
25th May, 2024ZimbabweBangladesh23251292.00Won by 6 wickets
33rd May, 2024ZimbabweBangladesh1333.33Won by 8 wickets
49th May, 2024Sri LankaBangladesh711163.64Lost by 28 runs
56th May, 2024Sri LankaBangladesh362451150.00Won by 8 wickets
64th March, 2024Sri LankaBangladesh030 Lost by 3 runs
727th Dec, 2023New ZealandNew Zealand42*3614116.67Won by 5 wickets
816th July, 2023AfghanistanBangladesh36366100.00Won by 6 wickets
914th July, 2023AfghanistanBangladesh1918294.74Won by 2 wickets
1031st March, 2023IrelandBangladesh451125.00Lost by 7 wickets

These stats show that Liton Das couldn’t score a fifty in his last 10 T20 matches even after facing teams like Ireland and Zimbabwe in home ground! How the selectors, coaching panel, captain and all the well-wishers of Bangladesh cricket can ignore this!

Even after all these, Liton is hoped to spark like he did previously. His performance in 2022, when the last T20 Word Cup held not unsatisfying. Let’s see his performance in last 10 T20 matches of 2022: 

SIDate of the MatchOpponentHostRuns ScoredBalled Faced6s4sStrike RateMatch Result of Bangladesh
16th November, 2022PakistanAustralia1081125.00Lost by 5 wickets
2 2nd November, 2022IndiaAustralia602737222.22Lost by 5 runs
330th October, 2022ZimbabweAustralia14123116.67Lost by 3 runs
427th October, 2022South AfricaAustralia343111109.68Lost by104 runs
524th October, 2022NetherlandsNew Zealand91181.82Won by104 runs
613th October, 2022PakistanNew Zealand694226164.29Lost by 7 wickets
712th October, 2022New ZealandNew Zealand231613143.75Lost by 48 runs
89th October, 2022New ZealandNew Zealand1516293.75Lost by 8 wickets
97th October, 2022PakistanNew Zealand352614134.62Lost by 21 runs
1027th September, 2022UAEUAE25204125.00Won by 32 runs

This shows that he was inconsistent on that time too; but was able to deliver some good innings at least!

Impact on Bangladesh’s T20 Squad

While we are talking about the inconsistency of Liton, a bitter fact in Bangladesh Cricket is obvious to accept that that there are not many consistent yet aggressive batters in the country. As an opener and proven big hitter, Liton’s good start in power plays largely eases the path for the middle order players.

Bangladesh currently has good finishers like Hridoy, Riad, Rishad to carry the innings to the end. If Liton can set up the momentum for the team then the chances of win for Bangladesh team broadens. That’s why his impact is highly considered for the success of this team whenever he is in the squad.

Factors Contributing to Liton Das’s Off-Form

Besides some amazing innings, the batting style of Liton is praised experts round the globe. Name one classical batter of Bangladesh and Liton’s name will come to the mind first. Then what’s the problem with this natural stroke player? Most analysts have opined that there are still some technical problems with his batting style with which he should work vigorously.

Besides, the way he got dismissed in recent matches clearly shows that he is losing his focus while on the field. When the management expects a lot from him and he has a considerable number of fans, he is severely criticized in social media for each of his poor performances. Perhaps all of this puts immense pressure on him and obstructs him from playing his natural game.

Alternatives of Liton Das for the Upcoming Mega Event

Since Liton Das is failing to get out his poor form, it won’t be surprising if the selecters consider someone else instead. That is where a question arise, who are some promising players who can replace his in the upcoming event? Let’s find out:

Tanjid Hasan Tamim

The young talented batter gained the experience to face new ball in ODI world cup last year. His stroke making ability has already made the most deserving one for a spot in the opening. He is showing his caliber in the current Zimbabwe series as well where he played his very first T20 international match for his country. Even if he does not replace Liton, he is expected join him in the opening.

Parvez Hossain Emon

Another promising batter with not much international experience though. In 3 appearances in T20s, he scored only 54 runs with a strike rate of 8.33. However, in BPL 2024, he played some good knocks with an average of 19.75 which is not modest but that is what Bangladesh have to replace Litton Kuma das.

Anamul Haque

In 20 appearances in T20Is, Anamul Haque scored 395 runs with strike rate 112.70 which makes him one of the best possible options to consider. Anamul’s recent form the local league also show his viability for this format. Fans often complain that Anamul did not get many chances like Liton in international cricket and therefore, couldn’t flourish.

Mohammad Naim Sheikh

With average of 24.00 and strike rate 103.4, Naim Sheikh did not perform as expected by the management previously. Yet, Liton Das’s off form reminds that he can be a better contributor for the team at this stage considering his experience in international arena. However, he has a  bad reputation of giving too many dot balls and not rotating strikes.


When a part of cricket followers is already fade up with Liton’s frequent poor shows, it’s clear that the selectors still expect a bounce back from him as he is again in the squad of last 2 matches against Zimbabwe. His intent has already proved that he can bring proud moments for Bangladesh just like he did it against India in last World Cup. Bangladesh supports want to see Liton playing like the way watching which West Indian legend Ian Bishop once said, “Liton’s bat is like a paintbrush which draws Monalisa on the cricket ground when he is in form”.


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