Pant Gives It Back To Tim Paine-The MCG test will go down as one that Australian captain Tim Paine will want to erase quickly from his memory. It’s not just for the humbling and embarrassing mauling his side is set to receive at the hands of India though. Walking out to bat with his side staring down the barrel at 157-6, Tim Paine was given a hellish reception by the Indian unit with the jibes he had taken at them still fresh in the minds of the Indian players.
No one was more fired up than Indian wicket-keeper who had been on the receiving end of some real nonsense by Australia’s stand-in captain. Giving it back in real style to Paine, he ripped apart Australia’s stand-in skipper, sparing no expense in showing him his real place.
As soon as the 33-year-old took the strike, Pant was heard asking Mayank Agarwal, whether he has ever heard of a “temporary captain”. “We got a special guest today. Have you ever heard of a temporary captain, ever, Mayank?” he said.
Going ahead with Pant gives it back to Tim Paine, further told Ravindra Jadeja, who was bowling, that he does not need anything special to get Paine’s wicket as he can only talk. “You don’t need anything to get him out, boy. He loves to talk, that’s the only thing he can do, boy! Only, talking, talking!” Pant said.
It was an unscathed and unforgiving attack by Pant at the Australian captain. Surprisingly, umpire Ian Gould intervened after the over ended and asked Pant to mellow it done, leaving us all wondering why he had taken no such step a day earlier when Paine’s comments were far from stinging and personal than the banter Pant had indulged in.
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On Friday, Paine had joked about recruiting Pant in relation to his being dropped for MS Dhoni for the ODI series and had offered the Hurricanes to recruit him in order to try and distract him in the middle. It was the more personal jibe at Pant, asking him to babysit their children that left a bad taste on everyone’s mouths.
“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.
This was not the first time though that Paine had had a go at the Indian camp. Not learning from his mistakes in the second test, Paine was not toned down even one bit, trying to rile Rohit Sharma up in India’s first innings. He failed miserably, however, with Sharma keeping his cool and calm to smash his way to 68 in an inning that decimated Australia’s bowlers, making them toil for 170 overs.
Paine was heard saying to Finch, “It’s been a tossup for me between Royals and Indians, and if Rohit hits a six here, I am changing to Mumbai.” Nonetheless, Rohit didn’t reply and smartly went through the over.
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He didn’t stop carrying on with, “Too many Poms at the Royals” referring to Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and possible Jofra Archer.
While Paine has been trying his best to unnerve India ever since the test series has begun with his lewd remarks on the field, its high time to realise they are inconsequential if you can’t back them up with performances. He has just been a spectator while batting, failing to notch up even a single half-century in this test series with his 26 runs this innings far less than the 68 and 33, Sharma and Pant respectively managed, players he was trying to instigate with his senseless chatters.
Not surprisingly though that Australia have at the helm of their side such a loud mouth, who has no real ability as a cricketer. After all, his record of just one century in 127 innings hardly inspires confidence. It’s time for him to work on his skills as a batsman more than his skills as a comedian.