Bangladesh lost the last T20I game in Potchefstroom by 83 runs as the hosts earned their maiden clean-sweep across formats that comprised two Tests as well as three ODIs and two T20Is.
Shakib observed that after they were beaten in the Test series, the team’s confidence began to slide downwards and it affected their performance in the shorter versions of the game.
“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,” noted Shakib.
“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,” he added.
“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,” he said.