After some consecutive dismal performances against South Africa in tests & ODIs, Bangladesh was whitewashed in the T-20 series as well. Due to the string of losses, understandably a negative vibe surrounded the Bangladesh camp. That negativity, combined with the losing mentality, brought about their poor results, according to Bangladesh’s T20 skipper Shakib Al Hasan.
The all-rounder 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. If we had done 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. 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 winning. 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 performs”.
Shakib further regretted about the lack of individuals stepping up when the country needed them the most: “The records will show that no team has performed well in away series in the last three or four years. But we were not able to compete in this series, which is frustrating. We played well in the last 2-3 years which is why we expected to fight here. But unfortunately we were not able to get out from the losing streak,” he said. Shakib also added that he was against making wholesale changes and instead, the Asian country should look to improve in all aspects of the game”.
Shakib concluded on a rather optimistic note: “We all know what our ability is, and none of us could perform up to that. So in that regard I am sure that everyone – starting with the BCB, the coaching staff and us players – will work hard to overcome it, which is important if we want to move forward”.