Fans of team India forced Tim Paine to give clarification after his statement on team India being very good at “niggling” and “Distracting” went viral. Paine said that team Australia fell for India’s ploys and stated an example to media which garnered the attention of the large number of Indian fans fair enough to roast the Australian keeper in social media platforms.
“Part of the challenge of playing against India is they’re very good at niggling you and trying to distract you with stuff that doesn’t really matter and there were times in that series where we fell for that,” said Paine to the media. “The classic example was when they said they weren’t going to the Gabba so we didn’t know where we were going. They’re very good at creating these sideshows and we took our eye off the ball.” he added.
As soon as the statement went viral, fans of team India emerged in social media with all guns blazing. Check out some of their reactions below :
Australian Cricket Greats Vs. Tim Paine pic.twitter.com/uJA8BuO39x— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) May 13, 2021
“Atleast my Teammates like me”— Loosu Paapa🍀 (@CertainSoul) May 13, 2021
~ Tim Paine to Ash. pic.twitter.com/aYgZ9PxhLw
Tim Paine remembering Gabba pic.twitter.com/Jq7tly4qYV— Kevin Owens (@kevinowens691) May 13, 2021
tim paine everytime he’s asked about the gabba loss pic.twitter.com/CG89elRrLo— Greggs & Tomelettes (@annoynya) May 13, 2021
It was Tim Paine who distracted Ravi Ashwin & Rishabh Pant relentlessly & Challenged Ash to Come to Gabba where Team India went despite Covid scare and— MTvalluvan (@MTvalluvan) May 13, 2021
Slammed the Final Nail in Australia’s so Called Fortress
Why Sisy Paine is Pained for that Ass burn after a long gap#TimPaine pic.twitter.com/e8QEBxhrJ6
Tim Paine after Gabba loss : Indians are very good at distracting & Niggling— Bhanu Syal (@IM_Bhanuu) May 13, 2021
Rishab Pant be like : pic.twitter.com/c0vWoL5A3Y
Tim Paine says India distracted Australia outside cricket to win the series. No Paine, you were more distracted by how much your teammates like you.😍— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) May 13, 2021
Tim Paine’s cute quotes about the India series come at a time when Cummins has been showing incredible leadership off the field.— Wear Mask, Take Vaccine, Stay Home (@SriniMaama16) May 13, 2021
Perfect setting for @CricketAus to launch Pat Cummins as the Australian test captain. Pazhaya patient Paine’a release panna vendiya neram vandhaach.
Tim Paine lifting up his test centuries. pic.twitter.com/asAAWuBZAo— Sabeeha Majid 🏏 #FreePalestine (@SabeehaMajid) May 13, 2021
“They’re very good at creating these l— Gillian Price (@Gillian_Price) May 13, 2021
Sideshows and we took our eye off the ball” Tim Paine
Tim Paine before giving that interview: pic.twitter.com/jbZjNppeCl— Akash (@SKY_BLU96) May 13, 2021
Reacting to these comments, Paine came up with a clarification saying that he is not making excuses. “I certainly wasn’t making any excuses. I was asked about some of the challenges of the summer, and I said that was one of them for me.” Paine said.
“I love the Indian fans. I don’t mind getting a bit of stick, particularly when you deserve it. They ripped me off when I dropped those catches, I thought that was totally fair. Look, I love the passion, I love how much they love cricket. I love how much they interact and for some people, it is a positive interaction, but most of the time they are into me. But I don’t mind that,” he further said in his clarification.