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Litton Kumer Das

Litton Kumer Das (Bengali: লিটন কুমার দাস; born 13 October 1994) is a Bangladeshi cricketer and current vice-captain of the Bangladesh national cricket team in all formats. He is a right-handed batter and a wicket-keeper. He made his international debut for Bangladesh in June 2015. He has scored the highest individual score for Bangladesh in ODI cricket (176).

Early life and family

Litton was born in Dinajpur, Bangladesh to a cricket-loving family. He has two brothers. He studied in Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP), a sports institute, where he received formal training and coaching. He later enrolled in American International University-Bangladesh and completed his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree.

Personal life

Litton married his long-time girlfriend Devashri Biswas Sonchita, an agriculturist, in July 2019. He practices Hinduism and is a devoted follower of Lord Krishna. He is also fond of travelling, playing golf and football.

Early cricket career

Litton represented the Bangladesh Under-15s, Under-17s, Under-19s and Under-23s teams in various tournaments. He played in the Under-19 World Cups in 2012 and 2014. He made his first-class debut for Rangpur Division in October 2011. In the 2014–15 National Cricket League, he scored five centuries and finished the season with 1,024 runs at an average of 85.33, helping Rangpur Division win the championship.

International debut

Litton made his international debut for Bangladesh in June 2015 against India in an ODI match. He scored a duck in his first innings but impressed with his wicket-keeping skills. He made his Test debut in the same month against the same opposition and scored 44 runs in his second innings. He made his T20I debut in July 2015 against South Africa and scored 22 runs.

ODI career

Litton has scored over 2,000 runs and taken more than 30 catches in ODIs. He has scored five centuries and ten half-centuries, with a highest score of 176 against Zimbabwe in March 2020. During the same match, he and Tamim Iqbal made a partnership of 292 runs for the first wicket, which is the highest opening partnership for Bangladesh in ODI. He has also been part of the Bangladesh team that reached the final of the Asia Cup in 2018.

T20I career

Litton has scored over 1,500 runs and taken more than 25 catches in T20Is. He has scored ten half-centuries, with a highest score of 83 against Zimbabwe in March 2020. He holds the record for the fastest fifty by a Bangladeshi batsman in T20I, scoring it off 19 balls against Zimbabwe in March 2023. He has also played in four T20 World Cups and helped Bangladesh reach the Super 12 stage twice.

Test career

Litton has scored over 2,000 runs and taken more than 60 catches in Tests. He has scored three centuries and sixteen half-centuries, with a highest score of 141 against Zimbabwe in February 2020. He has also scored two double-hundreds in first-class cricket, with a highest score of 274 for East Zone in the Bangladesh Cricket League in January 2017. He has played in four Test World Championships and helped Bangladesh achieve their first-ever Test wins over England and Australia .

Records and achievements

Litton holds several records and achievements in international cricket. Some of them are:

  • He is the only Bangladeshi player to score centuries as an opener as well as a middle-order batter in ODIs.
  • He is the only Bangladeshi player to score two centuries as a wicket-keeper-batter across all formats.
  • He is the only Bangladeshi player to score a century in the final of a multi-nation tournament, scoring 121 against India in the 2018 Asia Cup.
  • He is the only Bangladeshi player to score a century and take five catches in a single Test match, achieving it against West Indies in November 2018.
  • He made the most runs of any Bangladeshi player in a single year (2022) across all formats combined, scoring 2,173 runs.

Awards and honors

Litton has been honoured with many awards and accolades for his outstanding performances. Some of them are:

  • He has won the Sheikh Kamal National Sports Council Award in the sports personality category in 2022.
  • He has won the BSPA Sportsperson of the Year (2022) and BSPA Cricketer of the Year (Male) (2022) awards in 2023.
  • He has been named in the ICC ODI Team of the Year twice (in 2020 and 2022) and the ICC T20I Team of the Year once (in 2023).

Captaincy stints

Litton has been appointed as the vice-captain of Bangladesh in all three formats since January 2021. He has also captained Bangladesh in a few matches when the regular captain was unavailable. He led Bangladesh to their first-ever T20I series win over New Zealand in September 2021, scoring a match-winning 65 not out in the fifth and final match. He also captained Bangladesh to their first-ever Test win over Afghanistan in June 2023, scoring a crucial 79 runs in the second innings.


Litton has been involved in some controversies during his career. Some of them are:

  • In September 2022, he received death threats from some radical Islamists after he shared a picture of the Hindu Goddess Durga on social media and wished his fans for Mahalaya. He later deleted the post and apologised for hurting anyone's sentiments.
  • In October 2023, he was fined and given a demerit point by the ICC for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during a T20I match against Ireland. He was also involved in a heated exchange with Ireland's captain Paul Stirling after the match.

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