Rishabh Pant has been on a roll since the start of the Test series and on Friday, he took it to another level with a scintillating century at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Pant smashed 159 not out off 189 balls, hitting 15 fours and one six on day two of the fourth Test in Sydney as India took cruise control of the game.
During his onslaut against a hapless Australian bowling, the Bharat Army came up with a chant for the Delhi dasher at the SCG, which went:
"We've got 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."
We’ve got 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
.#BharatArmySongBook @RishabPant777 #BharatArmy #TeamIndia #12thMan #WeveGotPant #COTI 🇮🇳👶🍼 pic.twitter.com/ZiXaPWqi6M— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) January 4, 2019
Pant now has 350 runs from seven innings and is the second highest run-getter behind Cheteshwar Pujara in the series. Not only that, he is also the only Indian wicket-keeper batsman to have a century in England and Australia in Tests.
However, before the century in Sydney, the wicketkeeper batsman was in the news for his cheeky banter with Tim Paine and then a photo of his with Bonnie Paine, Tim's wife went viral, where he can be seen holding one of the Australian captain's kids.
The photo was captioned "Best babysitter" and the photo went viral.
Following that, both Pant and Paine were asked the questions, to which they said that it was all done in good fun.
"Yeah, that was interesting. We were at the PM’s house yesterday. Just had a quick chat to Rishabh. My wife was happened to be there so we just grabbed a quick photo. He was a good sport and he is on the field, to be honest," Paine said.
"Everyone's family were really nice. We met most of the people during the function at the prime minister's house. It was lovely meeting them. I don't think I have to change myself for something like that. The only thing is they put the photo on Instagram and it went viral," Pant said after day two's play in Sydney.
However, it started during the Melbourne Test, when Paine tried to get into Pant's mind while the southpaw was batting.
"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 you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too...get him a water front apartment. Have him over for dinner. Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids," Paine said.