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Shakib Al Hasan says negativity spread like ‘virus’ amongst Bangladesh players

Shakib Al Hasan has stated that heavy defeats in the Tests in South Africa saw Bangladesh start to lose confidence and negativity crept into the mindset of the players.

cricket Updated: Oct 30, 2017 16:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Shakib Al Hasan shed some light on the mindset of the Bangladesh cricket team after their poor tour of South Africa. (AFP)

Shakib Al Hasan believes negativity in the Bangladesh cricket team spread like a ‘virus’ on their recently-concluded tour to South Africa.

The South Africa cricket team pummelled Bangladesh 7-0 across formats starting with a 2-0 victory in the Test series. The Proteas then went on to win the ODI series 3-0 and clinched the two-match T20I series as well.

In the final T20I on Sunday, David Miller clobbered the fastest-ever century in T20Is off just 35 balls.

According to Shakib, heavy defeats in the Tests – by 333 runs in the first Test at Potchefstroom followed by an innings and 254 runs at Bloemfontein – saw Bangladesh start to lose confidence and negativity crept in.

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“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,” Shakib Al Hasan told ESPNCricinfo

“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 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,” he added.

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Apart from witnessing a few individuals getting their personal milestones – such as captain Mushfiqur Rahim becoming the first Bangladeshi to score an ODI century in South Africa – the visitors did not have enough moments to cherish.

However, Shakib tried to defend his side by claiming no international team in the present day can be expected to do well away from home. “The records will show that no team has performed well in away series in the last three or four years,” he said.

“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 added.

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The veteran cricketer said Bangladesh must refrain from making a knee-jerk reaction from this disappointing outing in South Africa. “It is a little normal that results like this will happen on overseas tours. Maybe it was expected that we would lose, but we did not expect to play the cricket we did to lose the way we did. 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.”

First Published: Oct 30, 2017 16:21 IST