The hitman has proved it yet again that when it comes to be the best in giving a perfect response to the players of the opposition, he is second to none.
The boxing day test match between India and Australia is underway and a lot of interesting incidents have been taking place both on and off the field as the series promised. As is customary, we cannot expect an honest battle between only the bat and ball when it comes to having a combat between India and Australia. The long and hectic test matches nowadays are made interesting with banters behind the stumps that involve the batsman and the wicketkeeper in particular. A similar incident was reported to have happened on the second day of the ongoing test match.
The subjects of the matter happened to be the hitman, Rohit Sharma and the Australian skipper and wicketkeeper, Tim Paine. The visitors had made a strong statement with their bat for two continuous days thereby disappointing the hosts who failed to break the long partnerships. Having failed in their attempts with the ball, the Australian skipper thought to resort to their age old practice of sledging to make things happen in their favour.
The hosts were ultimately relieved of the services of Virat and Pujara who were then followed by Rohit. In order to unsettle the hitman from the start, Paine employed the technique of having a banter behind the stumps with his team mate, Aaron Finch at short-leg as a welcome gesture.
He said that he was a close follower of the Indian Premier League and was always in a dilemma between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians so as to whom should he support. He then challenged Rohit in a cheeky fashion that this solution would be provided by Rohit if he hits a six in here upon which he would switch his support solely to Mumbai.
“Finch, you played for too many IPL teams. It’s always been a toss up for me between the RR and MI, who I support.If Rohit hits a six here I’m changing to Mumbai,” Paine said.
This conversation was caught in the mic and was thoroughly enjoyed by the commentators as well as the cricket fans. In the post match presentation at the end of day 2, Finch also revealed about the incident of he and Paine having a banter behind the stumps.
However, Rohit is not one of those to take such matters lightly but to respond them in a perfect fashion. Just before the start of the third day’s play, Rohit was asked about the previous day’s incident which he admitted to have noted carefully.
The hitman said that he had heard the same from behind the stumps but did not give in to their plan of driving away his attention from the game which was quite crucial at that time. He instead had a chat with his team mate, Ajinkya Rahane after the match in which he challenged Paine jokingly that since the skipper expressed so much of interest in Mumbai Indians, he would talk about the same with his boss only if Paine hits a ton at the MCG.
“I was hearing that but when I’m batting I just focus on the job at hand. But I had a chat with Ajinkya Rahane and I joked that if he (Paine) gets a hundred here, I will put in a word about him to my boss at Mumbai Indians and we’ll buy him. Looks like he’s a fan of Mumbai,” Rohit said.
Well this response is deemed to be perfect and has also sparked the war of words which can be expected in the further course of the game. It would be highly interesting to watch how the players keep their calm under such conditions and deliver their natural play. The Indians so far look in a good position in the game and would be looking to secure the series with a convincing win.
Australia on the other hand is not one of those sides that surrender a match so easily without giving up a tough battle. These incidents and analysis are paving the way for a perfect finish to this test match, thereby making it interesting to watch.