It is said that run outs and emphatic catches can turn the game on its head. This incident happened when Murli Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara were well set against Bangladesh, who are making their Test debut on Indian soil, a historical moment for them. The gaffe was even more memorable!
Bangladesh got off to a dream start dismissing a dangerous, inform K.L. Rahul with a widish, full ball. Vijay, Pujara had steadied the ship and were consolidating. The score was 67 for one at the end of 18 overs.
Vijay was on strike and Mehedi Hasan was the bowler. Vijay pushes a short off break to the leg side and sets off for a single, Pujara trusts his partner and sets-off, Vijay in the meanwhile freezes and gets lost but when he realises that somebody has to go for it, he does, the throw comes in, Mehedi Hasan in order to run the batsman out comes in front of the wickets, only to miss a half volley throw. By the Vijay makes it. It was a comedy of error from the batsman fielder and the bowler. To this Mushiqur Rahim is a sight to witness, he fumes, uses the choicest of colloquial terms, quite understandable, considering the situation of the match. They then went on to add 123 more runs, Bangladesh will rue the miss dearly.
These are basics you have to get them right at this level, especially when you are playing the number one side.
We only hope Bangladesh will be able to minimise the goof-ups to at least give a glimmer of hope.