After the on-field banter between Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine made headlines during the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Indian wicketkeeper-batsman actually turned ‘babysitter’ for the Australian skipper’s kids.
“Big MS (Dhoni) is back in the one-day squad too, we might get him [Pant] down to the Hurricanes… we need a batter,” Paine was heard saying over the stump microphone during the Boxing Day Test.
“Fancy that, Pantsy? Extend your little Aussie holiday. Beautiful town Hobart too. I’ll get you a nice apartment on the waterfront.
“(I’ll) have him over for dinner. Can you babysit? I’ll take the wife to the movies one night and you’ll look after the kids?”
The banter was thoroughly enjoyed by cricket lovers and was very entertaining to say the least.
So when the Australian and Indian teams gathered on Tuesday afternoon for a function at Kirribilli House, Paine’s wife Bonnie decided to drum up some online gold.
Mrs. Paine posted a photo on her Instagram story of Pant holding one of the couple’s children with the caption “best babysitter” to go with a laughing emoji.