Banter between Australian skipper Tim Paine and Indian wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant was at its hilarious best during the third Test of the series with both taking shots at each other.
In one instance, Paine suggested Pant stay back in Australia after the Test series and play for the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL while taking over as babysitter for his kids.
As it turned out, Pant did agree on taking a picture with Paine’s kids during the event at Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s residence.
When queried, how the whole photo opportunity was set up, Paine revealed that with his wife Bonnie present at PM’s house during the meet, they opted to go for a quick photograph to make the banter memorable. Paine went on to praise Pant’s sportsmanship spirit and said the chatter between the two has been light-hearted and friendly.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 2, 2019
The behind-the-stump chatter between the two has been one of the highlights from the series. After Paine’s sledge aimed at Pant, Indian wicket-keeper returned the ‘favour’ by terming Tim as ‘temporary captain,’ for which he was warned by the on-field umpires.
“Yeah, that was interesting. We were at the PM’s house yesterday. Just had a quick chat to Rishabh. My wife was happened to be there so we just grabbed a quick photo. He was a good sport and he is on the field to be honest,” Paine said during a press conference.
A fair bit has been made of a little bit of banter between two wicketkeepers, which has been pretty light-hearted and pretty friendly. I enjoy the way he goes about it. I wish I played that way when I was his age. He looks like he has hell of a lot of fun, Paine added.
Earlier, The war of words during the ongoing India tour of Australia took a cute turn when Indian batsman Rishabh Pant actually turned a ‘babysitter’ for Aussie skipper Tim Paine’s kids, following a banter in the Boxing Day Test that made headlines worldwide.
Paine had joked about recruiting Pant to babysit for his kids during the third Test at Melbourne. The stump mics had picked up the banter, much to the amusement of the fans.
“Big MS (Dhoni) is back in the one-day squad too, we might get him (Pant) down to the Hurricanes… we need a batter. Fancy that, Pantsy? Extend your little Aussie holiday. Beautiful town Hobart too, I’ll get you a nice apartment on the waterfront. (I’ll) have him over for dinner. Can you babysit? I’ll take the wife to the movies one night and you’ll look after the kids,” the Aussie captain was heard saying.
Challenge accepted! Bonnie Paine, Tim’s wife, posted a picture of Pant with her kids with the caption ‘Best Babysitter.’ It was shared by the ICC Twitter account.
Tim Paine to @RishabPant777 at Boxing Day Test: “You babysit? I’ll take the wife to the movies one night, you’ll look after the kids?”
*Challenge accepted!* 👶
(📸 Mrs Bonnie Paine) pic.twitter.com/QkMg4DCyDT
— ICC (@ICC) January 1, 2019
On the field, India have a 2-1 series lead going into the fourth Test. On Day 1 at SCG, India stood at 303/4 with Cheteshwar Pujara proving to the hosts’ nemesis once again with a century.
At the top of the order, Mayank Agarwal scored 77 with a fifty for a second straight Test. Pujara has joined an elite club consisting of players like Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar and Vijay Hazare to play 1000+ deliveries in a Test series on Australian soil.