Rishabh Pant, the Indian wicket-keeper, who slammed a brilliant unbeaten 159 on Day 2 at Sydney, reacted to the viral photo of his with Tim Paine's wife and kids.
Asked about the photograph after his impressive knock, Pant said, "Everyone's family were really nice. We met most of the people during the function at the prime minister's house. It was lovely meeting them. I don't think I have to change myself for something like that. The only thing is they put the photo on Instagram and it went viral."
Ahead of the Sydney Test, even Tim Paine had spoken about the picture. He referred to Pant as a sport on and off the field. "We were at the PM's house. Just had a quick chat to Rishabh. My wife happened to be there so we just grabbed a quick photo. He was a good sport and he is on the field, to be honest," Paine said.
"A fair bit has been made of a little bit of banter between two wicket keepers which has been pretty light-hearted and pretty friendly. I enjoy the way he goes about it. I wish I played that way when I was his age. He looks like he has a hell of a lot of fun," Paine admitted in admiration of Pant.
Pant and Paine have been involved in some serious and some pretty hilarious banter behind the stumps. In fact, Paine even asked Pant to babysit his kids, which made the viral picture even more special.
Speaking about the on-field antics, Pant explains it keeps him motivated. "This is a way to keep yourself busy and positive. When you're having a long day on the field, everyone gets tired. Each of us have a specific way to keep ourselves focussed and positive. This is my way of it doing it," Pant told the media.
--By A Cricket Correspondent