Tim Paine: The king of zingers!

Aussie skipper Tim Paine may well have won over a few admirers with his 'zingers' towards the Indians during the India vs Australia Test series.

The commentators during the ongoing Test match between Australia and India on Thursday decided to put their mics down and allowed Tim Paine to take over with the audio feed with his amusing chatter from behind the stumps.

The Aussie skipper may well have won over a few admirers with his zingers towards the Indians during the series.

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Standing up to the stumps to Nathan Lyon, Paine took the opportunity to get into the mind of Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma with some light-hearted banter.

"Bit of a toss-up between Rajasthan (Royals) and Mumbai (Indians). If Rohit hits a six here, I'm going Mumbai," Paine was heard over the stump mic talking to teammate Aaron Finch referring to Rohit and Ajinkya Rahane's IPL sides.

“Too many Poms at the Royals,” Paine said, referring to Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler playing for the Rajasthan franchise.

He then followed it up with a friendly dig towards Finch, "You have played for every team (IPL) mate."

“Except Bangalore,” Finch replied.

“Except Bangalore?” Paine questioned.

Finch has played for seven IPL teams across nine years.

 

The 'keeper and Finch were probably trying to goad Rohit, who was batting on 13, into playing a rash shot against the series' highest wicket-taker. 

Tim Paine celebrates the dismissal of Virat Kohli in the second Test at Perth.   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

During Australia's second innings in the last Test match at Perth, India captain Virat Kohli tried to get under Paine's skin when he said "If he messes it up, it's 2-0."

Paine replied, "You've got to bat first, big head."

After Kohli's dismissal for 17 in India's chase, Paine appeared to have the final in the Test when the stump mic heard him telling Murali Vijay, "Murali, I know he's (Kohli) your captain but you can't seriously like him as a bloke." Vijay was bowled two balls later by Lyon as Australia decimated India to level the series at 1-1.