Tim Paine has been in the news ever since he has commented over India’s series win against Australia last year.
Meanwhile, his comment went viral on social media in no time and he had to face backlash for claiming that ‘sideshows’ created by the Indian team during their 2020-21 tour of Australia. India has won by 2-1 in the Test series as well. However, India had played without a few of their important players as they had sustained injuries.
On the other hand, their regular captain Virat Kohli was on paternity leave and he returned home after the first Test where India were bowled out for 36 as well – their lowest Test score. But they managed to win the series convincingly. Meanwhile, both Tim Paine and Virat Kohli share a tense relationship on the field. However, Paine said that he has respect for Kohli as well.
“For Virat Kohli, I’ve said many times, he seems the type of player you would love to have on your team,” Paine said on the Gilly and Goss podcast. “He is competitive, he is the best batsman in the world.”
“He is challenging to play against and he can get under your skin” – Tim Paine on Virat Kohli
Tim Paine further added: “He is challenging to play against and he can get under your skin because he is so good and he is so competitive. But yeah, for me from where I came from, sharing a feud with him four years ago, He is certainly someone I will always remember.”
While clarifying his comments on the Indian team which he made about distractions, Paine said that it was one of the many things he had commented on and that he also gave credit to them for simply outplaying them in the Test series on their home soil as well.
“I did say that they simply outplayed us and that they deserved to win but they left that one out. The Indian fans have been slamming me on social media. They say that I’m making excuses again but it’s all good fun,” Tim Paine concluded.
Meanwhile, Team India have been in good form in the longer format as after defeating Australia, India registered convincing win over England at home as well. They will soon take on New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final and then play five-match Test series against England as well.