Sydney: Rishabh Pant played an instrumental role as Virat Kohli-led India clinched the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on Monday by a margin on 2-1, winning their first ever Test series win on Australian soil.
But despite a sombre mood in the Aussie camp, Bonnie Paine, the better half of Australia skipper Tim Paine has reignited the hilarious babysitting banter.
Bonnie posted yet another witty story on her Instagram account on Wednesday where she tagged Rishabh Pant, asking if the wicketkeeper-batsman was available for a babysitting gig.
"Trying to unpack with a needy baby. Wonder if Rishabh Pant is free for a babysitting gig today," she wrote, holding a baby in her arms.
Earlier during New Year’s Day, Bonnie put up a picture on her Instagram account which had the 21-year-old Pant holding the home captain's son during an event at the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's residence.
Bonnie, who herself posed in the picture, captioned it 'Best Babysitter' with a smiling Pant by her side. The reference came after Paine and Pant had a go at each other during the Melbourne Test match and the stump microphone recorded their enjoyable sledging.
While the Indian keeper was batting, Paine referred to his omission from the ODI side.
"Big MS (Dhoni) is back in the one-day squad too, we might get him (Pant) down to the (Hobart) Hurricanes… we need a batter. Fancy that, Pantsy? Extend your little Aussie holiday. Beautiful town Hobart too, I'll get you a nice apartment on the waterfront. (I'll) have him over for dinner. Can you babysit? I'll take the wife to the movies one night and you'll look after the kids," the Australian captain was heard saying on the stump mic.
On the very next day, Pant was heard speaking to Mayank Agarwal when Paine came to the crease.
"We got a special guest today. Have you ever heard of a temporary captain, ever, Mayank?" Pant said.
The picture of Pant with Paine's family is an indicator that the series had so far been played in good spirits.
Intensely on field, the two teams have on and off indulged in some good-humoured banter without crossing the line....