Another day, another piece of Tim Paine gold caught on the stump mics.
This time the Aussie skipper was chatting to Indian gloveman Rishabh Pant as the visitors were batting in their second innings on day three.
Paine pointed out the former Indian captain MS Dhoni has been called into the Indian ODI squad, potentially freeing up Pant for some domestic action in Australia.
Transcript of Paine, Finch and Pant’s chat:
“Tell you what, big MS is back in the one-day squad, we might get him (Pant) down to the Hurricanes, this bloke,” Paine said to Aaron Finch at short leg.
“We need a batter. Not if he keeps blocking them,”
“Fancy that, Panty? Surely, extend your little Aussie holiday,” Paine asked the Indian keeper.
“Beautiful town Hobart, too. We’ll get you a nice apartment on the waterfront.
“We’ll have him over for dinner. Can you babysit? I’ll take the wife to the movies one night, you’ll look after the kids?”
Check out the interaction below in video:
Earlier on Thursday, Australia skipper Tim Paine tried to get under the skin of India batsman Rohit Sharma during the second day of the third Test between the two teams at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
At the stroke of Tea on the day, wicket-keeper Paine was heard talking to the Aaron Finch, who was fielding at forward short leg. Nathan Lyon was bowling to Rohit Sharma while Ajinkya Rahane was at the non-striker’s end.
“There is a toss-up between (Rajasthan) Royals and (Mumbai) Indians for me. If Rohit hits a six here, I am changing to Mumbai,” Paine’s voice was caught by the stumps mic.
Paine was referring to the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, which are captained by Rohit and Rahane respectively.
Transcript of Paine, Finch and Rohit’s chat:
“It’s always been a toss up for me between the (Rajasthan) Royals and the (Mumbai) Indians as to who I support,” Paine said to Finch, as Sharma took strike.
“If Rohit hits a six here I’m changing to Mumbai,” Paine said.
But Sharma didn’t bite as Paine declared there was “too many poms down at the Royals.
“I’ve played at the Royals.” Finch added.
“You’ve played for every team, mate.” Paine suggested, before Finch quipped back “except Bangalore”.
The banter continued in the very next over, as Paine discussed Finch’s bowling ability, with the Australian opener yet to bowl a Test match over.
“Could Finchy get you out?” Paine asked Sharma.
“To be fair, the hardest two overs I faced all last year were you in Shield cricket. It was impossible to play. It’s the most nervous I’ve been in a game of cricket.” Paine added.
Paine could also be heard whistling the tune of the Collingwood AFL theme song during an over from pace bowler Mitch Marsh.
The Aussie keeper was trying his best to rile up Rohit and force him to commit a mistake and Paine even brought long-on up to entice the Indian batsman to hit the ball on the top. But the experienced Rohit didn’t fall for it and kept playing his natural game and took India to 346/4 at the end of the second session.