Litton Das feels Nasum Ahmed’s exceptional spell of 4 for 10 in the first T20I against Afghanistan is evidence of the left-arm spinner’s persistence in honing his skills. Nasum’s bowling in the powerplay in which he broke through the Afghanistan top order changed the game, according to Litton, who himself made a crucial contribution of 60 off 44 balls to Bangladesh’s total of 155 for 8.
Bangladesh bowled Afghanistan out for 94, the fourth instance in the last eight months they’ve bowled out the opposition team for a double-figure total. This was Nasum’s third four-wicket haul in T20Is, and it equaled his best figures in the format, which he took against New Zealand last year.
Litton, whose partnerships with Mahmudullah and Afif Hossain gave Bangladesh the opportunity to go hard in the death overs, put his improved form in the last few months down to his mentality.
Nasum is no average left-arm spinner, he is far better – Litton
“When we got together in the dressing room for a team meeting mid-innings, we said that this was not a big score, neither is it a small score,” Litton said. “Batters have to think if the chase is to get 150-160 runs. Whether they should be aggressive or not. Whether to preserve the wickets. Nasum bowled a game-changing spell. It would have been a different game if he didn’t give us the early breakthroughs, like if they were 40 for 1 in the powerplay. I think it was a better wicket, so he bowled brilliantly.”
“I have never believed that he is like your average left-arm spinner,” Litton said. “I play him a lot in the nets. He always tries to do things differently, particularly in his change of pace. I think that’s important in T20s. A batter finds it easy to pick a bowler who bowls in one rhythm.”
“Everyone says cricket is a mental game,” he said. “If you think clearly, you will have a lot of time in your hand. I would still say that you get time in T20s even though it is the shortest format. That’s mainly because I am in the top-order. I think it is all in the mindset, when you decide how you want to play in each format.”