If the on-field action was top notch in the recently concluded four-Test series between Australia and India, then the light banter and sledging was equally good, if not better. Players from both the sides got involved in verbal exchanges, and some were so hilarious that even got the fans involved.
One such case of banter, which was arguably the best of the lot, was between Australian skipper Tim Paine and Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant relating to 'babysitting' during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. It became an instant hit amongst the Indian fans, who used that term to instead mock the Australian fans.
On Day Two of the fourth Test in Sydney, after Pant reached his century, the Bharat Army coined a chant whose lyrics said, "We've got Pant. Rishab Pant. I just don't think you'll understand. He'll hit you for a six. He'll babysit your kids. We've got Rishab Pant."
And they repeated the same chants when the Indian team was on its victory lap on Day Five. The only difference this time around was that the chants were sung in front of the man on whom the song was coined on.
Pant, after hearing the chants, decided to have a bit fun as he broke into an impromptu dance.
The whole 'babysitting' saga began during the third Test between the two sides. During India's second innings, when Rishabh Pant came out to bat, Australian skipper Tim Paine decided to have a bit of fun with the youngster. In reference to the inclusion of MS Dhoni in India's ODI squad, which saw Pant being dropped, Paine took the opportunity to have a go at the batsman.
"Tell you what big MS is back in the one day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes. They need a batter. Fancy that extend your Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too... get him a water front apartment," he said before adding, "Have him over for dinner. Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids."
The Indian wicketkeeper did not hold back when Paine came out to bat, and roasted the Aussie skipper with some hilarious comments of his own.
"We've got a special guest today, come on boys. Special appearance today boy, come on. No responsibility there from captain. Running away, always running away. Too difficult, too difficult," he said before adding, "Have you heard of the word, a 'temporary captain', ever? I am seeing it. You don't need anything to get him out. He loves to talk, that's the only thing he can do. Only talking, talking."