India in Bangladesh 2015 June 7, 2015

Litton Das likely to keep in India Test

Litton Das scored 1136 runs in 15 innings in the 2014-15 first-class season © ICC/Getty

Litton Das is likely to keep wickets against India in the solitary Test after Mushfiqur Rahim sprained his ring finger in his right hand during the Khulna Test against Pakistan in April. While Mushfiqur was only seen batting in the nets, Litton practiced wicketkeeping before batting on Bangladesh's first day of training in Fatullah on Saturday.

While it doesn't confirm that Mushfiqur will only play as a batsman and captain, it is an indicator that the home team are considering Litton as their designated wicketkeeper for the Test against India beginning on June 10. He is likely to become the first person to keep wickets for Bangladesh since Mushfiqur took over in 2007.

Ever since Mushfiqur hurt his finger while dropping a catch in the first Test against Pakistan, he had been struggling behind the stumps despite playing the next game as the designated wicketkeeper in Dhaka.

In the time between the end of the Pakistan series and the beginning of the India series, five players were rested from at least one first-class game, including Mushfiqur who was given time to recover from his injured finger.

Litton, who has been in Bangladesh's squad since April after he was picked for the lone T20I and the two-match Test series against Pakistan, was unaware of the role he had to play in the upcoming Test against India and said he was hoping he would get a chance to play.

"It is not that I am excited," Litton said. "There is always the plan to be prepared to play in any situation. I would always be hoping to play a match. I will consider myself lucky if I do get a chance, because India is one of the top three teams in the world.

"It is a big opportunity for me. There cannot be a bigger dream than performing well. I would want to give as much as the team wants, in whichever position. I am just training as I do."

Litton was picked in the Bangladesh squad against Pakistan on the back of a stellar 2014-15 first-class season where he was among three batsmen to make more than 1000 runs. He averaged 81.14 in 15 innings, including five hundreds and four fifties.

He opened the batting for Rangpur and East Zone, but if he plays on Wednesday, he will have to bat down the order. He has batted at No. 5 only once in his career.

"I think an opener has to face spinners if he is to play a long innings. I don't think I will have a problem playing down the order. I have been opening for the last 2-3 years. At the start of my career I used to bat at No 6 or 7. The situation will tell me what I have to do, whether to go after the bowling or bat patiently."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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