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Home / Cricket / ‘Million new Indian followers, wife panicked’: Paine on Pant’s ‘babysitter’ post

‘Million new Indian followers, wife panicked’: Paine on Pant’s ‘babysitter’ post

Paine’s wife Bonnie took part in the banter and continued the episode by sharing a picture of Pant holding the captain’s children.

cricket Updated: Jan 15, 2020 11:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Rishabh Pant with Tim Paine’s
Rishabh Pant with Tim Paine’s (Bonnie Paine/ Instagram)
         

Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine has been brilliant for his side and after a hugely successful summer at home, he was labelled as one of Australia’s most-important player in Test matches. Apart from his wicket-keeping, captaincy and batting, Paine has also made a name for his smart chatter from behind the stumps. His amazing banter with Indian wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant from behind the stumps the last time India visited Australia made people sit up and take notice.

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Paine’s wife Bonnie took part in the banter and continued the episode by sharing a picture of Pant holding the captain’s children.

‘I don’t think she was watching,’ Paine said in commentary for the Big Bash League on Channel 7.

‘Then I think she had got a bit of it through her Instagram and then she put up that photo on and as it happens, and as it’s happened, she had a million new Indian followers the next day so she panicked a little bit that it was on the news.’

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The Aussie skipper has revealed the biggest reason for him coming up the entire banter. ‘Geez we were bored, (we) could not get a wicket,’ he said.

‘Well Ricky (Ponting) knows him quite well — one, he’s very, very good, but two, we found out early in that series that sledging him was a waste of time.

 

‘It just didn’t bother him, but what we found was that you could get a real lapse of concentration out of him so we went a bit that way.

‘So I just tried to put him off and talk rubbish to try and get him involved because he was likely to play a poor shot at time. But he’s a seriously talented player,’ he said.

‘Best babysitter,’ she captioned the post on Instagram. Immediately this post went viral and her followers’ list saw a bump by more than a million users.

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