AUS v IND 2018-19: Rohit Sharma responds to Tim Paine's banter in the first innings

Tim Paine had said he would support Mumbai Indians if Rohit hits six.

Rohit Sharma | GETTY

Australian wicket-keeper Tim Paine has been a consistent chatter behind the stumps. He engaged in banter with various Indian batsmen including Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and recently it was Rohit Sharma. 

When Sharma was batting in the first innings of the third Test,  Paine tried to provoke him against spinner Nathan Lyon, who has got his wicket earlier in the series. But Rohit didn't move.

Paine was caught on the stump microphone telling team-mate Aaron Finch that he would join Mumbai Indians IPL team if Rohit hits a six.

"It has been a toss up for me between Royals and Indians. If Rohit hits a six here, I am changing to Mumbai," Paine said to Finch who was the close-in fielder.

Indian batsman Rohit has responded to Paine's words. He did listen what the wicketkeeper was saying and had a laugh about it with his batting partner Ajinkya Rahane. 

"I was hearing that but when I'm batting I just focus on the job at hand. But I had a chat with Ajinkya Rahane and I joked that if he (Paine) gets a hundred here, I will put in a word about him to my boss at Mumbai Indians and we'll buy him. Looks like he's a fan of Mumbai," Rohit said before the start of play on Friday.

Rohit was having a problem in his back on day two. Talking about it,  he said, "Not right now I'm fine. This is the first time I've had this issue. I had a chat with Virat because he's had it before. He says it's a recurring issue. I didn't feel anything yesterday but I have to be really careful from now on."

The Indian fielders were seen working hard for slip catching. He said slip fielding is crucial in Test.

"Just to make sure we stand at the right position. It's not the usual MCG pitch so we might need to stand slightly ahead of where we stand. The ball will get soft early so it's important we change our position accordingly," Rohit said.

(With India Today Input)


By Sihyeu Singh - 28 Dec, 2018

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