Liton Das, the flamboyant opener of the national team is feeling like a prisoner at his residence and is not at all thinking about cricket while the whole world is fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
‘You people are going out of home. You can’t understand my situation. I am feeling like a prisoner,’ Liton expressed his frustration to New Age on Monday.
Liton was in the form of his life before the coronavirus outbreak took over the cricketing world, scoring two centuries in the three-match one-day international series against Zimbabwe at home.
He began the ODI series by smashing 126 off just 105 balls and then in the final match he hit a record -setting innings of 176 off 143 balls, the highest individual ODI innings for a Bangladeshi.
The 25-year old then carried his form to the following two-match Twenty20 series, scoring fifties in both matches.
It looked like Liton, whose international career thus far had been plagued by inconsistency, had finally turned a corner and was playing big innings more regularly.
Liton could have tested out his new found confidence in Pakistan in April in the third part of Bangladesh’s split series, but that wasn’t to be with coronavirus forcing the matches to be postponed.
The wicketkeeper-batsman, however, claimed that he wasn’t thinking about the game right now as cricket is not the most pressing issue during this global crisis.
‘At present situation, cricket is not even in my thoughts. The whole world is in danger. If we can survive, only then we can play or do whatever we were doing. Right now, this is not the time for cricket,’ he said.
The danger was not only lurking outside of the walls for Liton, as he recently almost lost his newly wed wife in a gas cylinder accident at home.
The incident took place on March 27, when his wife, Devasri Biswas Sanchita, was making tea in their kitchen and the gas cylinder exploded.
Her right hand got burnt in the accident and her hair also caught on fire. Due to the huge explosion, a part of the cabinet in the kitchen also collapsed on Sanchita.
She suffered some deep wounds on her body, but escaped any major injury and was now recovering well, said Liton.
‘She is ok now. Her wounds have recovered. She is not facing any difficulties. After the accident, we changed the faulty cylinder and burners,’ he said.
The accident also made it more difficult for Liton to carry on the Bangladesh Cricket Board physical exercise instructions at home like some of his national team-mates but Liton said that he was still working to keep himself fit.
‘I am maintaining my own routine. It is almost same as the BCB prescribed guidelines,’ Liton said.
To pass the boring lockdown days Liton is watching movie, but not exactly out of interest but just to pass some time.
‘Eat, Sleep and Watching Movies; that’s how I am passing my days.
‘I can’t tell you any movie’s name which left a deep mark in my mind because I hardly remember anything after I am finished watching it. I do it just to pass time, for something to look at.’
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