Liton: Bangladesh ‘can’t play really powerful cricket’ and it hurts them

Liton Das Bangladesh’s lack of power hitting skills could be a problem in this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia to be held in October-November. This, he said, was one of the main reasons for the team’s five-wicket loss to the West Indies in the third T20I. 2-0 series win,

“No one in our team is so powerful [Kyle] Meyers – Way [West Indies batters] Can clear big grounds at will,” Litton said. “We’re not capable of that. We always think about hitting boundaries. He hit more sixes. This is the difference that always exists. We are behind most of the big teams in T20. We have a lot of work to do. We can’t really play mighty cricket.”

Bangladesh hit two fours in comparison to West Indies [11 vs nine], but the home team hit 11 sixes compared to Bangladesh’s five in Thursday’s game. Overall, in the T20I series, West Indies hit a total of 21 sixes – six more than Bangladesh – while Bangladesh hit 31 boundaries as compared to West Indies’ 23.

“There is always talk of T20 being a game of skill, technique and strategy, but I think sometimes power-hitting is needed,” Litton said. “We will play the World Cup in a country where the grounds are big. It will hurt us. The only thing we can do is play a lot of matches so that we can go into the tournament with confidence.”

Liton felt Bangladesh also suffered due to the lack of runs from the openers. He used two different sets of openers in three matches. Liton’s partner Anamul Haque fell on the third ball of the fifth over on Thursday. In the second game, both Liton and Haque were sent back within eight balls of the innings, while in the first, both Munim Shahriar and Haque came back in the middle of the fourth over.

“We didn’t bat very well,” said Liton, who scored 49 off 41 balls in the last. “We didn’t do that in the first game, nor did we bat well in the second game, except Shakibo Brother, I thought we played in batting friendly conditions. Had the openers, including me, played the right way, the middle order would have got a chance to express themselves.”

“The only thing we can do is play a lot of matches so that we can go into the tournament with confidence”

Liton Das

Defending 164 runs in the third and final T20I, Bangladesh started with the spinners, and did well, but then lost their way. After taking three early wickets, Bangladesh were unable to contain Nicholas Pooran and Meyers, who added 85 runs for the fourth wicket, to change the course of the match. Both targeted pacers Shorful Islam and Mustafizur Rahman, who scored 40 runs in the three overs between them.

Their two left-arm spinners, Shakib and Nasum Ahmed, hardly bowled to the pair, may have also played a role in the loss. Shakib took a wicket in his first over while Nasum bowled a simple first spell before the two were packed. However, in the 15th over, Nasum again came for the break. Meyers-Pooran Stand,

“A right-arm bowler can bowl to a right-handed batsman – but that is entirely the captain’s decision,” Litton said. “You wouldn’t ask this question if this decision was made in the right way. The captain operates the field, not the other ten players. We have to follow that decision.”

Litton said the way Pooran and Meyers batted put pressure on the bowlers as they knew West Indies batsmen could easily cross boundaries. “We didn’t do well with the ball,” he said. “Pooran and Meyers also hit good deliveries for boundaries. It was to their credit – they play power cricket. We can’t play that way. I think it plays in the mind of the bowlers that they are really at fault. can not do. [against such a batting line-up],

Mohammad Isam is the Bangladesh correspondent for ESPNcricinfo. @ isam84

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