Rohit Sharma responds to Tim Paine’s: The Indian middle-order batsman gave a fitting reply to the Australian captain.
During the second day of the third Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia at Melbourne, Australia captain and wicket-keeper Tim Paine was heard chatting with short-leg fielder Aaron Finch.
Apparently, in which was an indirect dig at India middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, the Australia duo was heard on the stump mic talking about Sharma’s IPL team, i.e., Mumbai Indians.
“Finchy, you played for too many IPL teams. It’s always been a toss up for me between the [Rajasthan] Royals and Mumbai [Indians], who I support. If Rohit hits a six here I’m changing to Mumbai,” Paine was heard as saying to Finch.
With India having lost captain Virat Kohli and top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara in quick succession, Sharma’s primary task was the build a partnership without taking much risk.
Despite Paine continuously chirping in his ears, Sharma remained composed, setting his focus on the task at hand. Sharma resisted the temptation to play any big shot or be involved in any kind of banter with the Australian players.
That being said, Sharma was vocal about the same today morning. In an interview, he disclosed what is focus was on (when Paine was passing IPL-related comments) and what he actually said to India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who was batting at the other end.
“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,” Sharma said.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Sharma below:
India five down! Rohit Sharma edges to first slip #AUSvIND
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 28, 2018
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 27, 2018
Merry Christmas one and all. Love, peace & joy 🎄🎅 pic.twitter.com/yx6MnS2spj
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 25, 2018
— Maithil Kadam (@KadamMaithil) December 27, 2018