Test of Character: Tim Paine narrates battle of sledges with Virat Kohli
By: Sports Desk |

Published: March 11, 2020 8:56:18 pm


Tim Paine and Virat Kohli have been warned by the umpires after coming into bodily contact throughout the Perth Test. (File Photo)

Australia captain Tim Paine has spoken about how he was engaged in a war of words with India captain Virat Kohli throughout the Test collection in 2018/19. Paine mentioned Kohli tried to rile him up by calling him a ‘part-time captain’ and that he tried to get again at Kohli by telling him he was the best participant.

Speaking on ‘The Test’, a not too long ago launched documentary collection, Paine narrated how the war of words heated up in Perth, after India had defeated the hosts in Adelaide.

“I was just sitting and watching him and he gave few of our guys send-offs. The plan was not to talk to him when he was batting. When we were batting, its kinds of up to the individual they want to do. And I sort of just had enough and thought you also have to stand up for yourselves and stand up for your teammates. And that was one of the reasons. I just thought I am the captain it is my turn now. I have to stand up and show him that we were here for the fight,” Paine mentioned.

There have been some phrases exchanged between opposing gamers because the Test collection drew to a detailed final 12 months, with Paine and Kohli even coming into bodily contact in Perth, main umpires to step in and warn them to behave on the sphere.

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Speaking concerning the episode, Paine mentioned, “He was trying to upset me with the part-time captain and I sort of went the opposite with him. I was sort of telling him how good he was and that he was the greatest player ever.”

“You don’t want to get right into a fight with him because that’s what he likes. I was just trying to poke him a little bit and see if I could get him to implode a little bit.”

Virat Kohli scored a century in Perth in that collection however received dismissed cheaply within the second innings.

Paine additionally spoke about how his mom had seen how he had been fretting about Kohli earlier than the collection and the way she had tried to assist.

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“I was sort of thinking that, ‘how are we going to get this bloke (Kohli) out.’ And mum being mum just said, oh, he’s only another person. I said, Oh, OK, Mum, thanks, that’s good advice. That’s gonna help us get him out. Isn’t it?”

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