Cape Town - Bangladesh T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan believes the negative
results early on tour in South Africa contributed to the heavy losses the team
The Tigers lost by 83 runs in the final T20I in
Potchefstroom on Sunday with Proteas batsman David Miller smashing the fastest
T20 international century to end a miserable trip for the tourists that saw
them whitewashed in all three formats.
Although Bangladesh were not expected to beat the Proteas in
any series in South Africa, it was the manner of the defeats that was alarming
and must be of concern to the management.
After the defeat on Sunday, Shakib said: "I think a big
reason [for the performance] was that we didn't do well in Tests, and when the
ODIs came around that mood lingered into that format.
"Similarly, when we did not do well in the ODIs, it
lingered into the T20s. It's like a virus. If we did well in Tests, then we
could have done even better in ODIs, and even better thereafter in the T20s.
"That's how these things work; it is so critical that
if you are in the dressing room. You can tell from the atmosphere. The
mentality is different in a winning dressing room; everyone talks about
"In a losing dressing room, people talk about personal
things, and unwittingly negative things come in. Atmosphere is important. More
than one or two people performing, it is important that the team
Shakib, who is arguably Bangladesh’s best player, missed the
two-match Test series against the Proteas after he requested to be rested from
the early part of the tour.