Hobart Hurricanes question Tim Paine on Rishabh Pant’s absence in the squad
The Hurricanes replied to ICC's tweet.
Updated - Jan 2, 2019 2:58 pm
The third Test at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), turned out in favour of India as they comprehensively defeated Australia by 137 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series. The encounter was also a witness to funny banters between opposition captain Tim Paine and Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and their interactions were caught on the stump microphones.
When the 21-year-old Pant came to bat in the first innings, Paine called him a ‘baby-sitter’ from behind the stumps. Paine also said that Rishabh should be selected for Hobart Hurricanes, a team in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL). Pant wasn’t going to die wondering by any means. When Paine took the crease during Australia’s run-chase, the youngster called the Tasmania-born cricketer a ‘temporary captain’.
The banter took a new level altogether when Bonnie Maggs, Paine’s wife, posted a story on Instagram. In that post, Pant was seen carrying Paine’s children. And Paine’s better-half captioned it, writing ‘best babysitter’. After the post went viral, cricketers and the other followers reacted on it. Even the International Cricket Council (ICC) had its say on the hilarious development.
The apex cricket board took to Twitter and wrote, “Tim Paine to @RishabPant777 at Boxing Day Test: “You babysit? I’ll take the wife to the movies one night, you’ll look after the kids?” *Challenge accepted!*,”
Here is ICC’s tweet
Tim Paine to @RishabPant777 at Boxing Day Test: "You babysit? I'll take the wife to the movies one night, you'll look after the kids?"
*Challenge accepted!* 👶
(📸 Mrs Bonnie Paine) pic.twitter.com/QkMg4DCyDT
— ICC (@ICC) January 1, 2019
In the meantime, Hobart Hurricanes had a question for the ICC. “But he’s still not playing for us @tdpaine36? What’s with that?,” Paine represents the Hurricanes in the popular T20 tournament in Australia. Since he’s busy playing the Test series, hence, is yet to don the Hurricanes’ jersey in this edition’s BBL.
Here is the Hurricanes’ reply
But he’s still not playing for us @tdpaine36? What’s with that? 👀
— Hobart Hurricanes (@HurricanesBBL) January 1, 2019
The Hurricanes have done exceptionally in this BBL. The team, captained by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, has won all their four matches and are perching at the top of the points table. Their last victory was against Perth Scorchers at Aurora Stadium in Launceston where right-arm fast bowler Riley Meredith was given the Man of the Match award for his stupendous three-wicket haul.