Rishabh Pant turns ‘baby-sitter’ for Tim Paine’s kids

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Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine were involved in a healthy banter during the third Test of the series in Melbourne, where the Australian captain asked the youngster if can do babysitting when he (Paine) takes his wife for the movie. “Tell you what big MS is back in the one day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes.. They need a batter. Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too… get him a water front apartment. Have him over for dinner. Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids,” Paine had said to Rishabh as he had come to bat. But, something intriguing happened as Pant actually went on to meet the Aussie skipper’s wife and kids. Rishabh had hit back at Paine later in the match, by calling him a ‘temporary captain’. The rivalry between the players is expected to continue in the fourth Test as well but ahead of that, Rishabh went on to virtually fulfil Tim’s ‘babysitting’ wish as he met the Paine family. Bonnie Paine, Tim’s wife, shared a story on Instagram, in which Rishabh can be seen holding one of her kids. Bonnie also called Rishabh best ‘babysitter’ in the picture. The members of the two teams met the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, earlier in the day. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared few pictures on its Twitter handle of the meet ahead of the Sydney Test.
The fourth Test and the final Test of the series will kick off on January 3 at Sydney Cricket Ground. India are leading the series 2-1 and will retain the trophy, regardless of the result of the 4th Test.
The track for the game is expected to assist spinners, which saw Australia calling-up Marnus Labuschagne to their squad as soon as the third Test ended.
India will be without the services of Rohit Sharma in this Test, who has flown back to India to be with his wife and new-born daughter. He is expected to be replaced by R Ashwin in the squad, keeping the pitch in mind. If Ashwin is unfit for the match, then Kuldeep Yadav might be looked at for a place in the playing XI.