Australia captain Tim Paine has started to garner a reputation for amusing quips behind the stumps to break the concentration of a settled batsman.
During the second Test against India at Perth, he was heard asking Murali Vijay whether he likes his captain as a person. And on Day 2 of the ongoing third Test at the MCG, the Aussie skipper was heard on the stump mic trying to break Rohit Sharma’s concentration with an epic sledge.
With Nathan Lyon coming into the attack, Paine decided to take on Rohit with a strategy to unsettle him with some funny words from behind the stumps.
Howbeit, instead of talking directly to Rohit, Paine got involved in a conversation with Finch who was fielding at the forward short leg position.
Through the stump microphone, Paine (to Finch) was heard saying, “It’s been a toss up for me between Royals and Indians, and if Rohit hits a six here, I am changing to Mumbai.”
Nonetheless, Rohit didn’t reply and smartly went through the over.
Here’s the video:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 27, 2018