What a surprise! Life is so weird! The day Liton played the highest innings in the history of ODIs in Bangladesh, left-arm top-order batsman Naim Sheikh did not bat. But the 21-year-old made his debut in that match. The day was March 6, 2020. Liton Das played an unforgettable 176-run innings against Zimbabwe.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Arranged in 8 sixes and 16 boundaries off 143 balls, impeccably beautiful innings are written in golden letters in the ODI history of Bangladesh. Because it is not only the best of Liton’s career but also the lightest innings in the history of Bangladesh’s ODI. If visual willowing, artistry and aesthetics are the criteria, then it is the most interesting and impeccably beautiful ODI innings in Bangladesh.
Who remembers, Naim Sheikh also played in that match full of Liton’s skills. Naim was in the XI wearing a red and green jersey. But did not bat. In turn, after a pair of Liton-Tamim centuries and a record partnership of 292 runs for the first wicket, Naim Sheikh did not get any more batting.
How do you get it? Liton-Tamim played 40.5 overs. Only Mahmudullah Riyad and Afif Hossain Dhruv got a chance to bat with the remaining 13 balls. As a result, Naim Sheikh did not bat anymore.
Who knows, after 14 months and 21 days, Naim Sheikh may take the field with the bat in the place of Liton Das. The series is in the hands of Bangladesh. With one match left in the three-match series, the Tigers are guaranteed the title. Now with the team, the batting order can be tested.
Originally, Liton Das’s continued poor form gave Naim Sheikh a chance to play. It would not be a surprise to see Naim Sheikh open with Tamim on Friday (May 28) in the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka.
Will Liton Das be able to play the rest of the series? This question was peeping at the end of the first match. In the voice of BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon, more stalks are growing. After the first innings of the match, Papon expressed doubts about opener Liton. He thinks Liton is not actually an opener, he is a middle-order batsman. Papon also wanted to talk to the team management about opening Liton 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka.
Before the second match, team management informed that opener Liton Das will get another chance. If he doesn’t play well in that match, he may not be seen as an opener in the last match. Khaled Mahmud Sujan gave such a hint in a conversation on the night of May 24 (Monday).
“We hope Liton can match himself in the second match,” said Sujan. However, if he does not get a run in that match, his chances of opening in the last match will be very low.
Then will the majestic government be played? Soumya will be Tamim’s partner? Tigers leader Khaled Mahmud Sujan replied, “No.” Soumya has also played as an opener in many matches. Although he played well in the beginning, he could not prove his necessity in the flow of time. So if Liton can’t run in the next game, maybe young Naim will be given a chance.
But Naim Sheikh is not in the main squad of 15 people. He has been kept on standby. But will Naim be kept in the main team? That question has intensified since Liton was set for 25 in the second match on Tuesday.
Chief selector Minhazul Abedin Nannu’s comment also indicated that they were going to take Naim. The question was, will the 15-man squad for the first two matches remain in place? Talking to Jago News after the game on Tuesday, Nannu said that the 15-man squad will change for the first two matches. This morning, he said, we will keep a team of 15 people. With a standby entry. That means the number will stand at 16.
Who is that one? The chief selector did not inform them. However, it was understood that Naim Sheikh would be. Later in the afternoon, a press release said that Naim Sheikh has been added to the 15-member team unchanged. The previous 15 are fine. New inclusion Naim Sheikh.
That means Liton Das is no longer in the last match. And even if he is in the XI, he may not be seen as an opener. Instead, Naim will open the last match with captain Tamim. Although neither the chief selector nor the team management has made it public, it seems to be the case. That means Naim Sheikh is going to take the place of Liton Das!