Bangladesh T20I captain Shakib al Hasan admitted that the most frustrating thing about the whole tour of South Africa is that the Tigers have been unable to put up a fight in any matches, except the first T20I at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein Thursday.
Bangladesh lost the second and final T20I by 83 runs at Senwes Park Sunday as the Proteas posted a massive total of 224, riding on middle-order batsman David Miller’s fastest T20I century.
The Tigers failed to get themselves out from the losing streak in the entire tour. Bangladesh were thrashed in the two-game Test series and that effected the visiting side psychologically later in the series. The tourist then lost the ODI series 3-0. Shakib informed that losing constantly in such a way was like a virus and it had an impact throughout the series.
“I think a big reason was that we didn’t do well in Tests, and when the ODIs came around that mood lingered into that format, and when we did not do well in the ODIs that lingered into T20Is. 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 T20Is. 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. As I said, more than one or two people performing, it is important that the team perform,” Shakib said during the post-match press conference Sunday.
"I am not saying we should have won the series, but at least we could have competed. And that was lacking. We got a batting wicket here. The condition was not that much tough, as expected. When we went to New Zealand, we created three chances of winning the ODIs. We did compete there. But here, we did not compete in any match. And that’s the frustrating thing,” he explained.
Shakib gave credit to the South Africa batsmen Hashim Amla and Miller as they were outstanding, scoring 85 and 101 respectively in the Potchefstroom T20I.
"After the first T20I we thought there was a chance of a comeback. The way we started [Sunday], we thought we had a good chance but the way Miller batted we had no any answer on the field really. Probably we were not able to bowl in the right areas. But the way Miller hit the ball cleanly, it was brilliant,” he said.
“I believe, Amla batted superbly as well. It was not that easy batting out there. Miller’s clean hitting was different. There was a half chance and one ball went very close to the stumps. So we were a bit unlucky against him. But obviously credit goes to them. If we were able to restrict them within 170-180 then we could have had a chance. But 224 was too much for us. And honestly, I am not sure if we have the mentality of chasing more than 200,” he concluded.