It's always a treat to watch Liton Das when the stylish right-hander is in full swing, so Rajshahi was a lucky sit when the cricketer from Dinajpur smashed his second first-class double hundred yesterday.
Liton, who has been in terrific form throughout this season, will however be disappointed at missing out on his maiden triple hundred after scoring 274 runs off 293 balls with the help of 35 fours and two sixes for East Zone against Central Zone on the third day of the Bangladesh Cricket League at the Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium.
The 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman resumed on 139 and was patient in the first hour. After finding the groove that saw him reach his 12th first-class hundred the previous day, he reached his second double hundred in 190 deliveries with a boundary off Elias Sunny just before lunch and followed that by reaching 250 for the first time in his career.
Liton was within touching distance of becoming the second Bangladeshi batsman to strike a triple hundred after Raqibul Hasan's unbeaten 313 for Barisal in 2013, but he trapped leg before by Sunny 26 runs short of the feat.
There was however no note of regret at missing out on a slice of history, and he said that he was only focusing on playing ball by ball, which worked well for him.
“To be honest, when I resumed the innings on 139 runs today [Thursday] I was only focusing on playing ball by ball without looking for any feats. It helped me to keep the pressure of individual landmarks at bay and even when I reached my double ton I continued in the same manner. To be honest, even when reaching 250 I never thought of the triple hundred, so there is no disappointment for missing out on that; I am just happy to score big,” Liton told The Daily Star yesterday.
Liton had gone through a lean patch since the South Africa tour in September-October last year, and he said that he overcame that by trying to work on consistency, which paid off well for him both in the national team and in the Dhaka Premier League. It has culminated in him being the leading run-scorer in the BCL with 779 runs.
“Since the South Africa tour my main aim was to become consistent and so far things are going well for me so I want to continue this form as long as I can,” he added.