Aaron Finch on Tim Paine’s banter with Rohit Sharma: He did not take the bait

first_imgIndia have so far dominated the Boxing Day Test but with Tim Paine behind the stumps, a bit of chatter and banter is never too far away. After needling Murali Vijay in Perth, Paine targeted Rohit Sharma and challenged him to hit Nathan Lyon for a six.Rohit, who had missed the second Test at Perth Stadium last week, was trying to settle down against some tight bowling when Tim Paine decided to have a bit of a chat with Aaron Finch to try and distract Rohit.However, Rohit remained undeterred and scored his first Test fifty outside Asia since 2015. Incidentally, the last time Rohit had scored a Test fifty outside Asia was in Sydney back in January 2015.During a critical moment in the second day’s play, Paine told Finch, who was standing close in: “It’s a bit of a toss up between Royals and Indians for me. But if Rohit hits a six now, I’m changing to Mumbai.”Rohit Sharma leads Mumbai Indians while Ajinkya Rahane, who was at the other end, led Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 season.Rohit and Rahane added 62 for the fifth wicket and were instrumental in India’s eventual 443 for 7 declared. Aaron Finch walked out to face India’s pacers with Marcus Harris and the pair survived six hostile overs.Speaking to the media after the day’s play, Finch admitted Australia tried to distract Rohit but he did not fall for the bait.”We were just trying to have a bit of banter with Rohit. I asked Rohit if we brought mid on up if he’d take us on and go into IPL mode and he didn’t take the bait, unfortunately.advertisement”It was just a bit of good fun, a bit of banter. It was a long time out there,” Finch said.The series has been closely contested but plenty of attention has been drawn by Virat Kohli. The Australian media have questioned his behaviour on the field. Back home in India, not everybody is impressed with Kohli’s on-field behaviour. In fact, Sunil Gavaskar reckoned India started the sledging war and had to be prepared to cop some of it from the Aussies.In Perth, Paine had asked Murali Vijay how he could like Kohli as a bloke. Before the stump mic caught Paine’s banter, he had been involved in a heated verbal battle with Kohli and the duo almost collided with each other before the umpire intervened.Also Read | Admire Virat Kohli but he should behave with dignity: Naseeruddin Shah to India TodayAlso Read | Rohit Sharma hits 1st Test fifty outside Asia since 2015Also See:last_img

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