Tamim Iqbal, the captain of Bangladesh, was out of the three-match ODI series against India starting on Sunday and their replacement was announced on Friday. Bangladesh has given Litton Das the chance to captain the team because the potent left-handed opener is out with a groin injury. Although Litton has previously captained a T20I match, Sunday will be his first match as an ODI captain. Litton has been Bangladesh’s leading scorer in ODIs this year with 500 runs in 10 innings at an average of 62.50.

“One of the team’s more seasoned players, Litton has proven to be a capable leader. He has a keen cricketing mind and has good game reading skills “BCB’s chairman of cricket operations, Jalal Yunus, stated in a statement. The team has played some outstanding cricket in the last couple of years under his captaincy, and Tamim has been our most productive batsman in this format. It is most unfortunate that he will miss this crucial series due to injury.

Tamim’s injury is the second major setback for Bangladesh after paceman Taskin Ahmed missed the first ODI with a back injury and was replaced by Shoriful Islam. At the Sydney Cricket Ground during the T20 World Cup match against India, Litton nearly led his team to victory with an impressive knock of 60. In the T20I, which was hampered by rain, Litton was dismissed for a golden duck; he would hope for a better performance on his ODI debut as captain.

Furthermore, Litton has enormous shoes to fill because Bangladesh has been in excellent form under Tamim, winning eight out of 12 ODIs. The series will serve as the opening act for India’s first tour of Bangladesh since 2015 when the visitors won the ODI series 2-1 and the lone Test ended in a tie due to inclement weather.