'We don't play away series often': Litton Das's reply to R Ashwin on reaching levels of 'Fab Four'

Bangladesh batsman Liton Das recently shared his views on the importance of playing a majority of home games in the recent Asia Cup. In a media interview, he responded to Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s theory on achieving levels similar to that of the ‘Fab Four’ of cricket’s golden generation. He credited Bangladesh’s improvement in recent times to home games, stating that they don’t often play away series.

After playing a major role in the Asia Cup 2018, Das was asked to comment on Indian spinner Ashwin’s theory of the ‘Fab Four’. Ashwin insisted that the current generation of cricketers should focus on sharing knowledge on good pitches, just like the golden generation of Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid and Brian Lara did in the 2000s.

In reply to Ashwin’s suggestion, Das said that the Bangladesh cricket team focuses more on home games as they do not often play away series. He made a valid point, saying that cricketing teams need to play at home to achieve success as the home conditions, pitches, and crowd would be an advantage. He continued, saying that playing in home conditions has enabled the Bangladesh cricket team to improve its performance in recent times.

The right-handed batsman shouldered much of Bangladesh’s hopes in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2018, with two important half-centuries. His response to Ashwin’s theory shows the deep understanding of the cricketing scenario which exists in the South Asian circuit.

It would be interesting to see if teams like Bangladesh take the lead from Das and invest more of their efforts in home-based games in the future. Surely, the ‘Fab Four’ of modern cricket would agree too.

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