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Cricket not even in my thoughts, whole world is in danger: Liton Das on Covid-19 lockdown

Bangladesh batsman Liton Das is “feeling like a prisoner” amid the coronavirus lockdown in the country but feels that cricket is the last thing on his mind as the world battles to contain the pandemic.

In an exclusive interview to New Age on Monday, Liton expressed his frustration saying: “You people are going out of home. You can’t understand my situation. I am feeling like a prisoner”.

The coronavirus crisis couldn’t have arrived at the worst possible time for Liton, the batsman who had been going through a rare purple patch right before the outbreak forced all cricket to be stopped across the world.

Liton scored 2 hundreds in the 3-ODI series against Zimbabwe at home – including a marathon knock of 176 off 143 balls, claiming the record for the highest individual ODI innings for a Bangladeshi.

The 25-year old continued with his fine form in the following T20I series, scoring fifties in both matches. While Liton has been in the Bangladesh setup for almost 5 years now, it was only after the Zimbabwe matches that it looked like the right-hander had finally come off age. But coronavirus halted his charge.

However, Liton is not wasting his time thinking about what could have been.

“At the present situation, cricket is not even in my thoughts. The whole world is in danger. If we can survive, only then we can play or do whatever we were doing. Right now, this is not the time for cricket,” he said.

And as if the Covid-19 crisis wasn’t enough, Liton was given a huge scare by a gas cylinder accident at home, which hurt his newly-wed wife badly.

On March 27, Liton’s wife, Devasri Biswas Sanchita, endured burns on her right hand and hair as the gas cylinder exploded while she was making tea in the kitchen. Thankfully, she escaped any major injuries and is now recovering well, said Liton.

“She is ok now. Her wounds have recovered. She is not facing any difficulties. After the accident, we changed the faulty cylinder and burners,” he said.

On his own routine during the lockdown, Liton mentioned that he was mostly watching movies to pass time while following the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s guidelines.

“I am maintaining my own routine. It is almost same as the BCB prescribed guidelines,” Liton said.

“Eat, Sleep and Watching Movies; that’s how I am passing my days.

“I can’t tell you any movie’s name which left a deep mark in my mind because I hardly remember anything after I am finished watching it. I do it just to pass time, for something to look at.”

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