The current Test series between India and Australia has seen a lot of sledging, with Tim Paine and Rishabh Pant leading the way. Their chatter during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne has become legendary.
While batting, Rishabh Pant was sledged by the Aussie skipper who said in jest if he can do babysitting when he (Paine) takes his wife for a movie.
“Tell you what big MS is back in the one-day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes. They need a batter. Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too... get him a water front apartment. Have him over for dinner. Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids,” Paine had said during the duel between the two.
Pant actually met Paine’s family during an event prior to the fourth Test in Sydney, and rather incredibly Pant was termed ‘best babysitter’ by Tim Paine’s wife Bonnie Paine. Bonnie shared a story on Instagram. And, in it, Pant can be seen holding one of Paine’s kids.
While Paine and Pant will resume their rivalry on Thursday, this was a genuinely cute moment.
India and Australia team members met the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, earlier in the day. India are 2-1 up in the four-match series and will be looking to clinch their maiden series win at Sydney.
--By A Cricket Correspondent