The banter between the players in the ongoing Perth Test is increasing with Australia having the upper hand. They stretched their lead to 286 runs and before being bundled out in the post-lunch session on Day 4. With the pitch cracking and conceding demons, batting was not going to be easy at all. To make it worse, India got off to a worst possible start in their second innings. This was the opportunity for the Australians to play the mind games and it was none other than the skipper Tim Paine who started the proceedings, who took a dig on his Indian counterpart, Virat Kohli.
KL Rahul’s bad form continued in the second innings as well while Cheteshwar Pujara got a good nut from Josh Hazlewood to leave them reeling at 13/2. The responsibility then came on the shoulders of Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli and they stepped up to the task by weathering the storm really well. This is when Paine decided to start talking to the former and make it tough for him even to score the runs.
Earlier in the day, Kohli had tried to get under the skipper of Tim by constantly speaking to him and almost had a physical altercation when Paine was running.
Tim Paine indirectly took a dig at his Indian counterpart, when Nathan Lyon was bowling. He asked Vijay if he likes Kohli- the captain, as a human being and assumed that the Indian opener won’t be liking. It is actually interesting that the Aussie captain is fired up who is known to be a nice guy around. But no one expected this to be a quiet series with the intensity with which the matches are played so far.
“Murali, I know he’s your captain. But you can’t seriously like him as a bloke,” Paine was heard saying to Vijay on the stump mic during the third session at the Optus Stadium. Vijay behaved as if he didn’t eve heard it as he had a bigger job to do for his country. However, both Vijay and Kohli have been dismissed now as it looks only a matter of time for the tourists to go down.
Here’s the video:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 17, 2018