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Asia Cup final centurion Liton Das is aiming for consistency

Last Modified Wednesday, 17 October 2018 (16:15 IST)
Mirpur: Liton Das' magnificent century against India in the 2018 final may not have won the title but it has relieved the batsman of self-doubt.
 The 24-year-old's returns before the final were 6, 41, 7, 6, 0 and did not inspire much 
confidence. However, he turned the tide in the title clash against India in Dubai as he 
blitzed to 121 off just 117 balls opening the innings, adding 120 runs with Mehidy Hasan 
at the start.
 
Das' maiden one-day international ton helped Bangladesh scale 222 while batting first 
but that didn't prove to be enough as India chased down the target off the last ball of the 
match and with three wickets in hand to deny Bangladesh their maiden title, an ICC report
on Wednesday said.
 
However, for Das, who had been in and out of the ODI side, the innings was a big one. 
"My first ODI hundred is very important. I was on the back foot for quite some time so for 
me it became imperative to perform," Das said here ahead of Bangladesh's home series 
against Zimbabwe.
 
"My main aim is to be consistent because when I play domestic cricket I score quite 
consistently. Now I am looking forward to find ways so that I can perform consistently 
at international level," he said.
 
Das carried that form and confidence into domestic cricket, where he smashed the 
fastest double-century in Bangladesh's first-class history, off just 140 balls for Rangpur 
Division.
 
Have these two innings changed the course of his career?"I don't think that way," he said. "Because for me each match is important. One match can have a lot of impact on someone's career but you have to start from scratch in the next match."
 
Conceding that cricket is a "mental game" where you are "bound to succeed if your mind is clear", Das added, "As I was not performing naturally there were doubts regarding my ability.
 
"After performing, probably a lot of the pressure was gone, so perhaps that's why I managed to play like that for Rangpur," he said. Now that the expectations have gone up, Das will be under scrutiny during the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe that begins on October 21. "Certainly there is pressure of expectations as I have done well. My team and my teammates 
will want me to do well again, while I would like to fulfil my expectations," he added.(UNI)
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