Australia captain Tim Paine is starting to garner a reputation for amusing quips behind the stumps to break the concentration of a settled batsman. During the 2nd Test against India at Perth, he was heard asking Murali Vijay whether he ‘likes’ his captain as a person. On Day 2 of the 3rd Test, the skipper was heard on the stump mic trying to break Rohit Sharma’s concentration with epic IPL banter.
Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara batted the entire first session on day 2 of the third Test with Paine quiet behind the stumps but soon after their dismissals post lunch, Paine began talking behind the stumps, especially with Rohit on strike.
Paine picked up the strategy of talking to Finch about the Indian Premier League (IPL) and who he supports there in order to distract Rohit Sharma from behind.
“It’s a bit of a toss up between Royals and Indians for me. But if Rohit hits a six now, I’m changing to Mumbai,” Paine told Finch, which was caught up by the stump mic.
Paine further joked with Finch that he had played for almost all the teams in the IPL and Finch told him who he has not played for.
“You’ve nearly played for every team now,” Paine said. “Except Bangalore,” said Finch.
“Except Bangalore?” Paine questioned.
Paine also joked that there are too many England players at Rajasthan Royals, referring to Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, who are in RR’s squad. “Too many Poms at the Royals,” he said.
Sharma scored his half century later on in the day as India went on to cross 400-run mark in the first innings at MCG.