Watch: Paine uses Dhoni reference to sledge Pant

By Chaitanya Laxman

Aussie captain Tim Paine has kept himself in the limelight by making cheeky comments behind the stumps. After taking a dig at Kohli and Rohit, the Aussie wicket-keeper tried to break Rishabh Pant’s concentration by making a reference to MS Dhoni and by offering him a place in Big Bash League.

From Dhoni to babysitting, Paine uses everything to sledge Pant

The incident occurred in the final session of the third Test between Australia and India. During India’s second innings, Rishabh Pant was at the crease when Paine engaged in a conversation to break Pant’s concentration.

The Aussie captain said to Aaron Finch who was fielding close-by that if Big MS [Dhoni] is back in the India one-day squad, they might get Pant down to the Hobart Hurricanes as they need a batter.

To this, Finch replied that not if he keeps blocking them.

Paine continued the conversation by saying to Pant that he can extend a nice Aussie holiday. Beautiful town, Hobart, too. He added that they can get him a nice apartment on the waterfront.

The highlight of Paine’s conversation came when he asked Pant whether he babysits. The Aussie cricketer told Pant that he will take his wife to the movies one night and Pant can babysit.

Watch: Paine’s relentless banter to district Rishabh Pant

You can watch the Aussie wicket keeper’s cheeky comments here-

India in control at Melbourne

Despite losing five wickets for just fifty runs in the second innings, Team India is in control of the Boxing Day Test. Jasprit Bumrah’s sensational spell of 6 for 33 ripped apart Australia’s first innings and India earned a lead of 292 runs which at the end could be the decisive factor.

Also watch: Bumrah’s fiery 6 for rips apart AUS batting at Melbourne

On day three fifteen wickets fell on the Melbourne wicket which for the first days looked a flat track. With the pitch deteriorating at a fast pace the visitors are enjoying an upper hand.

Chaitanya Laxman