On Tuesday, Paine’s wife Bonnie put up a picture on her Instagram account which had the 21-year-old Pant holding the home captain’s son during an event at the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s residence. Rishabh Pant might be the “baby” of the Indian cricket team but on New Year’s Day, the wicketkeeper showed that he is good with babies, something that got an instant thumbs up from none other than Australian skipper Tim Paine’s wife.
Bonnie, who herself posed in the picture, captioned it ‘Best Babysitter’ with a smiling Pant by her side.
In a tweet uploaded by Cricket Australia, Paine offered his opinion about the selection of India’s ODI team which sees the return of MS Dhoni back into the side. Paine is heard over the stump microphone saying, “Now that Big MS back in the ODI squad, maybe he could play for the Hobart Hurricanes. Beautiful city rent a nice waterfront place. Do you babysit? I’ll take my wife to the movies one night and you can babysit,” Paine said in an epic way.
The reference came after Paine and Pant had a go at each other during the Melbourne Test match and the stump microphone recorded their enjoyable sledging.
On the very next day, Pant was heard speaking to Mayank Agarwal when Paine came to the crease. “We got a special guest today. Have you ever heard of a temporary captain, ever, Mayank?” Pant said.
However, the picture of Pant with Paine’s family is an indicator that the series has so far been played in good spirits. Intensely on field, the two teams have on and off indulged in some good-humoured banter without crossing the line.
Keep the volume up and listen to Rishabh Pant carry the commentary for an entire over!— The Field (@thefield_in) December 10, 2018
Gavaskar not impressed though! 'Say anything you want to your teammates, not to the opposition,' he says. 🤔#AUSvINDpic.twitter.com/vZEWjhixwp