India vs Australia 3rd Test Melbourne: It was a comical exchange of words between Rohit Sharma and Tim Paine on day 2 of the ongoing third Test between Australia and India at the iconic MCG. Taking a dig at Hitman Sharma, the Australian captain challenged Rohit to hit a six at the big ground in Melbourne. Paine also said that he would switch to Mumbai if Rohit manages to do that. Paine was been employing this verbal on-field strategy at Perth as well when opener Murali Vijay was at the crease, he told Vijay that he was sure that he did not like Indian skipper Virat Kohli, even though he was the captain. Rohit however, did not respond to Paine’s request. The Aussie wicketkeeper can also be heard whistling from behind the stumps.
India are in the driver’s seat currently, thanks to a 170-run stand between Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli.
Here is what Paine had to say:
One of the most popular IPL franchise Mumbai Indians responded to Tim Pain’s banter with an even wittier reply:
Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara has hardly put a foot wrong during his another incredible knock in India’s ongoing tour to Australia. Pujara displayed zen-like focus, exuded brilliant confidence and showed unmatched determination as he slammed his 17th Test hundred in the third Test against Australia at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Thursday. With this knock, Pujara also completed the milestone of scoring 2000 Test runs away from home.
At the time of filing the copy, Rohit was at the wicket on 14 and giving him company at the other end was Ajinkya Rahane on 31. India was 349/4 and they will be looking to breach the 400-run mark to feel safe. Kohli would feel he missed out on his 26th Test ton.
At the Tea break, Rahane and Sharma started the rebuilding job after Australia removed both Cheteshwar Pujara (106) and Virat Kohli (82) in the space of four overs. Post lunch, Kohli-Pujara took their third-wicket partnership to 170 runs before the game turned. he Indian skipper took medication for some back issue and then stepped through the gears as he brought out two pulls against Mitchell Starc (1/68) in the 123rd over.
He pressed on the accelerator a tad too much, and cut straight to third man, much to the bowler’s delight to be dismissed for 82. Four overs later, in the 126th, Pujara got a delivery from Pat Cummins (3/56) that kept a tad low and knocked back his stumps as India were suddenly reduced to 299/4.