Meet Litton Kumer Das, the rising star of Bangladeshi cricket. Born on October 13, 1994, in Dinajpur, Bangladesh, Litton is a talented right-handed batter and wicket-keeper who has made a significant impact in both domestic and international cricket. As of August 2023, he also holds the prestigious position of vice-captain in the Bangladesh national cricket team across all formats.
Batting Career Summary of Litton Kumer Das
Litton Kumer Das, sometimes spelled as “Litton,” hails from Dinajpur and is part of a family of three brothers. His cricket journey started early when he enrolled in the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, where he honed his skills in age-group cricket. Off the field, Litton married his long-time girlfriend, Devashri Biswas Sonchita, on July 28, 2019. Sonchita is an agriculturist, and together they form a lovely couple based in Mirpur, Bangladesh.
Domestic and T20 Career
Litton’s cricketing journey began at just 13 years old when he represented the Bangladesh Under-15s in the 2007–08 season. He continued to impress, playing for the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan from 2009 to 2011.
One of his standout seasons was in 2014–15 when he played for Rangpur Division in the National Cricket League. Litton’s incredible performance included five centuries, totaling 1,024 runs at an impressive average of 85.33.
In January 2017, Litton made waves by scoring his maiden double-century in first-class cricket while playing for East Zone in the 2016–17 Bangladesh Cricket League.
His dominance in domestic cricket continued as he topped the runs chart in the 2016–17 Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League with 752 runs in 14 matches.
His talents also transcended borders when he played for Jamaica Tallawahs in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League and later for the Rajshahi Royals in the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League, amassing 455 runs.
In the 2020-21 Bangabandhu T20 Cup, Litton played for Gazi Group Barishal, displaying his versatility in the shortest format of the game. This versatility earned him a contract with Karachi Kings for the rescheduled matches in the 2021 Pakistan Super League.
His journey in franchise leagues continued when, in March 2023, Litton was acquired by the Kolkata Knight Riders for ₹50 lakh (US$63,000) for the 2023 Indian Premier League.
Litton Kumer Das made his mark on the international stage in 2015. He debuted in all three formats for Bangladesh: Test, One Day International (ODI), and Twenty20 International (T20I). His Test debut came against India on June 10, 2015, followed by his ODI debut on June 18, 2015, also against India, and his T20I debut against South Africa on July 5, 2015.
In September 2018, during the final of the 2018 Asia Cup against India, Litton Das showcased his class by scoring his maiden ODI century. His remarkable innings of 121(117) included 12 boundaries and 2 sixes, earning him the “Man of the Match” title despite Bangladesh’s heartbreaking loss.
In a match against the West Indies, he played a crucial role in a famous 7-wicket victory by scoring an unbeaten 94 runs and sharing an unbeaten 189-run partnership with Shakib Al Hasan.
The years 2020 to 2022 saw Litton Kumer Das achieve remarkable milestones in his career. During Zimbabwe’s tour of Bangladesh in March 2020, Litton scored his second ODI century with an impressive 126 runs. He became the first Bangladeshi batsman to score a century at Sylhet. In the same series, he, along with Tamim Iqbal, recorded the highest partnership for Bangladesh in ODIs, amassing 292 runs.
Litton scored 176 runs off 143 balls, marking the highest individual score by any Bangladeshi batsman in ODIs.
His consistent performances in the ODI series earned him the title of “Player of the Tournament,” shared with Tamim Iqbal, having scored 311 runs at an average of 103.68.
During West Indies’ tour of Bangladesh in February 2021, Litton emerged as one of the leading run-scorers and the highest run-scorer for Bangladesh in the Test series, accumulating 200 runs, including two half-centuries.
In June 2021, Litton made a significant contribution during Bangladesh’s tour to Zimbabwe. While he fell just five runs short of his maiden Test century in the one-off Test, he played a vital role in establishing a 138-run partnership with Mahmudullah, setting records for Bangladesh’s seventh-wicket partnership in Tests.
In September 2021, Litton was named in Bangladesh’s squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, showcasing his versatility in the shortest format.
In November 2021, during a Test match against Pakistan, Litton Das scored his first century in Test cricket, further solidifying his presence as a top-order batsman.
Vice-Captaincy and Record Rankings
As of May 2022, Litton Das took on the role of Vice-Captain of the Bangladesh Test team, solidifying his leadership potential. His journey in this new role began with a remarkable performance in the 2nd T20I against Ireland, where he recorded the fastest half-century by a Bangladeshi cricketer in T20Is. His partnership with Rony Talukdar established a record as the highest opening partnership for Bangladesh in T20Is.
As the 12th captain of Bangladesh in Tests, Litton played a pivotal role in a historic victory against an injury-hit New Zealand side in January 2022. He led from the front with an important knock of 86 runs in Bangladesh’s first-ever Test win in New Zealand.
In June 2022, Litton Das took on the role of Vice-Captain of the Bangladesh Test team under the leadership of Shakib Al Hasan.
In March 2023, Litton Das continued to make headlines when he achieved the fastest half-century by a Bangladeshi cricketer in T20Is during a match against Ireland.
As a Captain
Litton Das’s leadership qualities were put to the test when he captained Bangladesh in a T20I series against New Zealand in March 2021.
Later, in December 2022, due to injuries to regular captains Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan, Litton Das was named captain for a 3-match ODI series against India.