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Who is Litton Das?

Who is Litton Das?

Who is Litton Das?

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The Bangladesh cricket team has plenty of formidable players in their line-up, and one of them is Litton Das. Litton Das, when compared to other players, seems to be a fairly recent addition to the team. However, in the years he’s played for Bangladesh, Das has made several achievements for the team. Behind his different accomplishments, however, who exactly is Litton Das?

Here is some basic information on the player:

Born on Oct 13, 1994 in Dinajpur

Role: Wicketkeeper Batter

Batting Style: Right-hand bat

Bowling Style: Right-arm off-break

Litton Das is a player who made himself known for his batting skills. While not much has been shared on his journey with cricket, there is plenty to say about his growth as a Bangladesh cricket player.

How Litton Had His Start

According to sources, Das followed a common route to become a cricketer in Bangladesh. He studied at BKSP and played for age-level teams. It was in 2012 that Das got picked for Bangladesh’s Under-19 side. However, it was in 2011 that Das made his domestic first-class cricket debut. While he didn’t have a strong start, he bounced back with a century and a fifty in his second season.

During the 2012 season, he scored heavily in Youth ODIs. Because of his impressive performance in the U-19 tournament, Litton was called again for the Under-19 World Cup in 2014. From those two World Cups, Liton averaged 51.33 with a century and three fifties.

Domestic Career

After his performance in the U-19 World Cup, Litton Das was selected to play with the Rangpur Riders for the 2014–15 National Cricket League. As a result, he scored five centuries and aggregated more than 1000 runs finishing the season with a mind-boggling average of 85.33.

When he played in the Dhaka Premier League in the same season, Litton became the second-highest run-getter in the league. In the 2016–17 Bangladesh Cricket League, Litton scored his maiden double-century in first-class cricket, playing for East Zone. In the same league, he scored the most runs with 752 in 14 matches.

He then went on to become the leading run-scorer in the 2017–18 Bangladesh Cricket League, with 779 runs in six matches, including scoring 274 runs in one innings. Within the same season, Das was named in the squad for the Sylhet Sixers team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.

Das made his first appearance in an overseas franchise league in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League. He was playing for the Jamaica Tallawahs at the time and scored 44 runs in two matches in the tournament. By November 2019, Litton was selected to play for the Rajshahi Royals in the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League, scoring 455 runs in the tournament.

Das then played for Gazi Group Barishal in the 2020-21 Bangabandhu T20 Cup. In 2019, Karachi Kings signed him to participate in the rescheduled matches of the 2021 Pakistan Super League. In the course of his domestic career, Das established himself as a compact batsman with a good defensive technique and flair in his strokeplay


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International Career

It was in 2015 that Das made his international debut. He was first selected to play in a Test series against India in June 2015. In the same month, he made his ODI debut against India. The next month, he made his Twenty20 International debut against South Africa. Among these debuts, he showed a better performance against South Africa and registered his maiden Test fifty.

While Litton did not showcase his talents as much in the shorter cricket formats, he was still selected for the Test series against Sri Lanka in March 2017. He was also selected for two Tests, three One Day Internationals (ODIs), and three Twenty20 International against the West Indies in June 2018.

Out of all those matches against the West Indies, Das reached his first white-ball half-century off 24 balls, and his first 50-plus score in 17 innings in the third T20 match. After scoring 61 runs eventually sealing the T20I series 2-1, Das ended up winning the Player of the match award.

Months later, Das played in the final of the 2018 Asia Cup. Even though Bangladesh lost the match off the final ball, Das was awarded the “Man of the Match” for his exceptional performance. He scored his first ODI century, making 121 runs off 117 balls, including 12 boundaries and 2 sixes.

The following year, Das was named in Bangladesh’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He made his debut in the tournament when Bangladesh went against the West Indies and scored an unbeaten 94 runs and made an unbeaten 189-run partnership with Shakib Al Hasan which helped Bangladesh to a famous 7-wicket victory.

Litton Das’ Records

In recent years, Litton has achieved a list of records. When Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh in March 2020, became the first Bangladeshi batsman to score a century at Sylhet after scoring 126 runs. He then went on to score his 1000th run in ODIs in the 3rd ODI against Zimbabwe. Then, in a partnership with Tamim Iqbal, Das made the highest partnership for Bangladesh for any wicket in ODIs (292 runs). In the same series, he made the highest individual score by any Bangladeshi batsman in ODIs. During Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand in January 2022, he scored his first test century in away matches in the 2nd Test and was the highest run-getter for Bangladesh in the series gathering 196 runs in 2 matches.

At the same time, Das achieved his highest career ranking as a Test batsman in the ICC Men’s Player Rankings, reaching number 12. This number is the highest ranking ever achieved by a Bangladesh cricket player in Test cricket history.


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