From scoring his maiden List A century last December to making his way into the big league, the Bangladesh national team, Litton Das has travelled quite the distance in the last few months. He could well be celebrating his career's biggest achievement later this week in Fatullah where Bangladesh will take on India in a one-off Test.
Litton, who kept wicket during training at Fatullah yesterday, is likely to don the gloves in the Test in place of Mushfiqur Rahim, who has yet to recover from his finger injury.
Of the 45 Tests Mushfiqur has played so far, he was the designated wicketkeeper in 43 of them. It will be a rare sight to witness someone taking the perennially fit cricketer's place. This time around though, the odds seem to be against him.
For Litton, the equation is simple. It's only because of Mushfiqur's injury that he has a chance to make his international debut this Wednesday. Despite the rareness of the circumstances, Litton appeared composed while speaking to media at Fatullah yesterday.
"If this happens, it will be very good for me. I will be really happy to make my debut against such a big
team. This is a big opportunity for me. If I can perform against them then it will be a dream start to my career," said Litton.
An opener, who hammered more than 1,000 runs in the last Dhaka Premier League, Litton, if given an opportunity, will not be able to play in his natural position for the Tigers. With Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes dominating the top two slots, there isn't likely to be any change there.
He could however, take the place of Mahmudullah Riyad, who bats at four. Litton though wasn't worried about where to bat.
"When I started my career I used to bat lower down the order. In the last 3 years I have been playing as an opener. Whichever position I am assigned to, I'll give my 100 per cent. I can play both spin and pace, I hope it won't be an issue for me," said Litton.