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Tim Paine gives a calm-headed reply to an abusing Indian fan

Kohl and Paine were involved in an heated exchange during the Perth Test.

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Virat Kohli and Tim Paine
Virat Kohli and Tim Paine. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

More than Australia’s series-levelling win, the Perth Test was the talk of the town for the verbal duel between Virat Kohli and Tim Paine. Things were heated up a lot between them during the third and fourth day of the Test match and finally the on-field umpire Chris Gaffaney had to intervene. Different versions of the banter came out in the media while even the BCCI released the statement refuting all the reports of Kohli making controversial statements on the field.

While it was the Indian captain who started it all, even Paine didn’t hold back and sledged the other Indian batsmen in the second innings. He even asked Murali Vijay if his captain was a good bloke off the field and whether he had any liking for him. Marcus Harris tried to get into Rishabh Pant‘s mind before the last ball of the fourth day and clearly, all was not well between the two teams.

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An Indian fan repeatedly abuses Paine

Meanwhile, an Indian fan was impressed at all with Tim Paine for getting involved in the argument with Virat Kohli. He repeatedly abused him comparing his stats with Kohli in a Twitter conversation with the other Australian cricketer Travis Birt. While Birt kept referring the Australian captain as ‘King Paine’, the Indian fan kept on reminding him Paine’s stats.

The Twitter user also went on to say that he was waiting for Paine to visit India at some point in his career while also added that he will get dropped from the team next year. During an animated conversation between the two, Paine, despite being abused so hard, kept his cool and responded to the fan suggesting him to settle down.

Paine has surely won the hearts of the Australian fans with his calm demeanour since the ball-tampering saga and the Perth Test victory has put the icing on the cake now. Expect the home crowd to stand strongly behind its captain and the team now in the Boxing Day Test.

Here’s the thread of the convo:

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