WATCH: 'Temporary captain', Pant’s epic sledge at Paine

WATCH: 'Temporary captain', Pant’s epic sledge at Paine

Tim Paine has been having a go at Rishabh Pant, constantly sledging the Indian stumper whenever he has come to bat, including during India’s second innings on Friday’s third day of the third Test.

On Saturday, as India inched closer to victory after reducing the hosts to 135/5 after setting a huge target of 399, Pant got even with Paine when the Australian captain came to bat after the fall of Mitchell Marsh. Pant welcomed Paine to the crease calling him a "temporary captain" and telling Ravindra Jadeja, the bowler, that the Australian wicketkeeper only knew how to talk.

"We have got a special guest here. Have you heard the word temporary captain ever, ever Mayank (at silly point)?” he went on. “You (Jadeja) don't need anything to get him out. Come on lads.

"He loves to talk, that's the only thing he can do. Only talking," Pant sledged from behind the stumps that the stump mic picked up.

Umpire Ian Gould had a mild chat with Pant following this incident but that didn’t stop the left-hander from continuing with his chatter.

On Friday, Paine had a go at Pant as he faced the penultimate over for the day from Nathan Lyon.  

Speaking to Aaron Finch at short leg, Paine said: “Tell you what, if big MS (Dhoni) is back in the one-day squad, we might get him (Pant) down to the (Hobart) Hurricanes. We need a batter.”

Paine is a part of the Hurricanes side in the Big Bash League but is currently on national duty, with Matthew Wade taking the gloves for the side.

“Fancy that?” Paine continued. “You can extend a nice Aussie holiday. Beautiful town, Hobart, too. Get you a nice apartment on the waterfront.”

Paine further added, asking Pant: “Do you babysit? I’ll take my wife to the movies one night and you can babysit.”

Paine’s comments, however, didn’t go down well some of the former Australian cricketers, who are obviously more concerned with how Australia are playing at the moment.  

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