ho is Litton Das?
Litton Kumer Das is a prominent cricketer from Bangladesh, currently holding the position of vice-captain for the national cricket team across all formats. Specializing as a right-handed batter and skilled wicket-keeper, Das made his debut on the international stage for Bangladesh in June 2015.
Das achieved a significant milestone by setting the record for the one of the highest individual scores by a Bangladeshi player in One Day International (ODI) cricket. Litton Das has participated in 72 One Day International (ODI) matches over the course of his career, amassing a total of 2,213 runs. His batting average stands at 34, highlighting his consistent performance on the ODI stage.
Personal Life of Litton Das
Litton Kumer Das, also spelled as Litton in some instances, was born on October 13, 1994, in Dinajpur, Bangladesh. His family follows the traditions of the Bengali Hindu Kayastha community. Litton’s father is Bacchu Chandra Das, his mother is Anita Das, and he has two brothers. His journey into cricket mirrors a common path taken by aspiring cricketers in Bangladesh: he pursued his education at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP) and represented various age-level teams.
On July 28, 2019, Litton Das tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend Devashri Biswas Sonchita, who works as an agriculturist in Mirpur, Bangladesh. His marriage marked a significant personal milestone in his life alongside his cricketing achievements.
Litton Das’s National and T20 Career
Litton Das began his cricketing journey at a young age, representing the Bangladesh Under-15s during the 2007–08 season when he was just 13 years old. He continued his progress by playing for the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) from 2009 to 2011. During the 2010–11 season, he was selected for both the Under-17s and the Under-19s teams. He participated in the Under-19 World Cups in 2012 and 2014, proving his skills on the global stage. Even as a teenager, he joined the ranks of the Bangladesh Under-23s team in 2013.
In the 2014–15 National Cricket League, representing Rangpur Division, Litton Das displayed his batting talent by amassing an impressive five centuries. This stellar performance culminated in an unforgettable season where he scored a total of 1,024 runs across seven matches, boasting an average of 85.33. His contributions played a crucial role in Rangpur Division’s championship victory.
The year 2017 marked remarkable achievements in Das’s cricketing career. He achieved his maiden double-century in first-class cricket while representing East Zone in the 2016–17 Bangladesh Cricket League. This accomplishment earned him a recall to Bangladesh’s Test squad for their match against India in February 2017. Furthermore, he topped the charts in the 2016–17 Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, amassing 752 runs in 14 matches, highlighting his consistent form.
Litton Das’s cricketing achievements continued to shine in subsequent years. In the 2017–18 Bangladesh Cricket League, he emerged as the top run-scorer, garnering an impressive 779 runs in six matches. His standout performance included innings where he scored 274 runs.
Das’s excellence extended to franchise cricket as well. In October 2018, he was selected to join the Sylhet Sixers team for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League. He further expanded his horizons by participating in overseas franchise leagues, representing Jamaica Tallawahs in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League, where he scored 44 runs in two matches. Later, he played for the Rajshahi Royals in the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League, contributing significantly with 455 runs.
In the 2020-21 Bangabandhu T20 Cup, Das represented Gazi Group Barishal. In April 2021, he was signed by the Karachi Kings for the rescheduled matches of the 2021 Pakistan Super League.
In March 2023, Das’s cricketing journey took another turn when he was acquired by the Kolkata Knight Riders for ₹50 lakh (approximately USD $63,000) for the 2023 Indian Premier League season. Although his appearance was limited to just one match in that season, he remains a dynamic force in the cricketing world.
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Litton Das’s International Cricket Career
Litton Das made his Test debut against India on June 10, 2015, and followed it up with his One Day International debut against the same opponent on June 18, 2015. His Twenty20 International debut came against South Africa on July 5, 2015.
On March 2, 2017, during a Test series against Sri Lanka, Das assumed wicket-keeping responsibilities while Mushfiqur Rahim played as a batsman only.
In June 2018, during a tour of the West Indies and the United States, Das played a vital role. In a Test match, despite Bangladesh’s struggles, he managed to score 25 off 53 balls, entering double figures among the batters. During a T20 match against West Indies, he achieved his first white-ball half-century, scoring 61 runs off 24 balls, eventually earning the Player of the Match award and helping Bangladesh win the T20I series 2-1.
One of his stellar performances came on September 28, 2018, during the final of the 2018 Asia Cup against India. Despite Bangladesh losing the match, Das played memorable innings, scoring his maiden ODI century with 121 runs off 117 balls, including 12 boundaries and 2 sixes. He was rightfully awarded the “Man of the Match” for his outstanding effort.
In April 2019, Das was included in Bangladesh’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He made a memorable World Cup debut against the West Indies, contributing an unbeaten 94 runs and forming a crucial unbeaten partnership of 189 runs with Shakib Al Hasan, which led to a famous 7-wicket victory for Bangladesh.
In March 2020, during Zimbabwe’s tour of Bangladesh in the first One Day International (ODI), Das scored an impressive 126 runs, securing his second ODI century. This achievement also marked a historic milestone for Bangladesh as he became the first Bangladeshi player to score a century at Sylhet stadium. In the third ODI of the same series, Das hit his 1000th run in ODIs and teamed up with Tamim Iqbal for a momentous partnership of 292 runs, the highest ever for Bangladesh in ODIs. His performance included a score of 176 runs off 143 balls, the highest individual score by any Bangladeshi batsman in ODIs. Throughout the ODI series, Das maintained an impressive average of 103.68, amassing a total of 311 runs. This outstanding performance led him to share the title of “Player of the Tournament” with Tamim Iqbal.
Moving forward to February 2021, when West Indies toured Bangladesh for a Test series, Das proved his consistency as he emerged as one of the leading run-scorers in the series. He not only contributed massively to his team’s performance but also secured the title of the highest run scorer for Bangladesh. He achieved this feat by scoring a total of 200 runs, which included two half-centuries.
His speedrunning achievements continued in June 2021, as he was selected for Bangladesh’s squad in all formats for their tour to Zimbabwe. In the one-off Test against Zimbabwe, Das came agonizingly close to achieving his first Test century, falling just five runs short. Das, along with Mahmudullah, achieved a partnership of 138 runs, which went down in history as the second-highest seventh-wicket partnership and the highest such partnership for Bangladesh in Test matches.
As the year progressed, Das’s mastery in cricket earned him a spot in Bangladesh’s squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, held in September. His amazing skills were on full display when he secured his first century in Test cricket during a match against Pakistan in November 2021.
The year 2022 brought more successes for Das. During a Test series against New Zealand, he played a crucial role in Bangladesh’s first-ever Test victory in New Zealand, scoring an important 86 runs. He further solidified his performance by achieving his first Test century in away matches, scoring an impressive 102 runs off 114 balls. This performance secured him the title of the highest run-getter for Bangladesh in the series, accumulating a total of 196 runs.
As of January 2022, Das achieved his career-best Test ranking, reaching the 12th position among Test batsmen in the ICC Men’s Player Rankings.
In February 2022, Das continued to show his cricket proficiency during a 3-match ODI series against Afghanistan. He not only scored 223 runs, which included a century and a half-century, but he was also recognized as the Player of the Series. Additionally, his contributions were vital in Bangladesh’s first-ever ODI series victory against South Africa, where he scored 113 runs at an average of 37.67. However, his performance in a subsequent 2-match Test series against South Africa was comparatively subdued, with only 81 runs in 4 innings.
Das’s impressive form persisted into May 2022 during a 2-match Test series against Sri Lanka. He demonstrated remarkable consistency by scoring 88, 141, and 52 in three innings. This stellar performance propelled him to the 12th position in the ICC Men’s Test Batsmen ranking, earning a total of 724 rating points. This achievement marked the highest rating points for any Bangladeshi batter in Test cricket.
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Litton Das’s Captaincy and Vice Captaincy
In March 2021, Bangladesh embarked on a tour of New Zealand, engaging in a 3-match ODI and T20I series. However, during this tour, Das faced challenges with his batting performance in both the ODI and T20I series. Notably, in the third T20I match, he took on the responsibility of captaining the team for the first time in the T20 format. This decision came about due to the absence of the regular captain, Mahmudullah, who was sidelined due to an injury. Unfortunately, Bangladesh faced a setback in the rain-shortened 10-over match, losing by a margin of 65 runs. This loss led to Bangladesh being swept 3-0 in the T20I series.
Following Bangladesh’s loss in a 2-test match series against Sri Lanka in May 2022, Mominul Haque, the test captain, decided to step down from his captaincy role. This move led to Shakib Al Hasan taking over the captaincy on June 2, 2022, while Das was appointed as the Vice-captain of the test team.
In a subsequent turn of events, Das was entrusted with the captaincy role once again, this time for the 3-match ODI series against India in December 2022. This series brought both excitement and challenges for Bangladesh. The team showcased remarkable resilience in the first two ODIs, securing thrilling victories with narrow margins of 1 wicket and 5 runs, respectively. However, the momentum faltered in the third ODI, which ended in a substantial defeat with a margin of 227 runs. Despite this setback, Bangladesh managed to clinch the ODI series with a final tally of 2-1.
Another leadership opportunity arose for Das due to an injury sidelining Shakib Al Hasan. This development led to Das becoming the 12th captain of the Bangladesh Test cricket team. In this new role, he demonstrated his capabilities both as a leader and a player. During his captaincy debut, Das put forth a performance of 9 and 66 runs while also contributing with 6 dismissals in the span of two innings. This noteworthy effort coincided with a historic achievement for Bangladesh cricket. The team achieved their largest victory margin in terms of runs, a remarkable feat that ranked as the third largest win overall and the most significant victory in the 21st century within the realm of Test cricket.
On March 29, 2023, during the 2nd T20I match against Ireland reached his fifty in just 18 balls, setting a new record for the fastest half-century by a Bangladeshi cricketer in T20 Internationals. During this match, he played a significant role by scoring 83 runs off 41 balls and forming a remarkable partnership of 124 runs with Rony Talukdar, which turned out to be the highest opening partnership for Bangladesh in T20Is. This incredible performance played a critical role in Bangladesh’s victory over Ireland by a margin of 77 runs.
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