Hit a Six, I'll Join Mumbai: Tim Paine Teases Rohit Sharma, Twitter Laughs Along
Sharma seemed to be enjoying the banter and was seen grinning while Paine was making his wisecracks.
When Rohit Sharma was batting at the crease, during the over of Nathan Lyon, Paine, who is known for his quick wit, noted aloud that two players from the IPL's Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians are on the field, the other being Aaron Finch at short leg, who played for the latter franchise.
Trying to break Sharma's concentration by teasing him, Paine told Sharma, the Mumbai Indians’ captain, that he will join the team if Sharma hit a six. “It’s been a toss up for me between Royals and Indians, and if Rohit hits a six here, I am changing to Mumbai,” said Paine.
On-field mics and cameras picked up the exchange between the players on the pitch.
Later, Paine spoke about how there are too many English players in the Rajasthan Royals, referring to Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. “Too many Poms at the Royals,” he said.
Sharma seemed to be enjoying the banter and was seen grinning while Paine was making his wisecracks. In any case, the Indian batsman went on to score a half-century during the course of the day, even as India went on to cross the 400-run mark in the first innings at MCG.
Twitter users also joined in the fun, with many appreciating the friendly banter, as well as Paine's humour.
Tim Paine is funny great banter😂— Seth Cricket (@SethSharma7) December 27, 2018
👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽😃 once again that's a quality banter from Paine.— Michael Prince (@mikel_prinz) December 27, 2018
Loving Timmy’s banter! This is how cricket should be! Not sledging, just great banter!— Luke Harris (@FormulaFish15) December 27, 2018
Paine's banter game is top notch😂— Nikhil (@Beer_4_Life) December 27, 2018
Loving each and every minute of this! Friendly banter played within the spirit of the game and that's how it should be. Can't wait for Pant to be unleashed (I mean his banter behind the stump, remember not everyone is a Pujara jibe at Cummins) when the Aussies take guard.— Jobi P Joshi (@JobiPJ15) December 27, 2018
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