Australian test skipper Tim Paine has achieved a personal milestone on Day 2 of the Boxing-Day test match against India. He became the quickest wicketkeeper to get to 150 dismissals in test cricket overtaking former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist. He got to the personal landmark in just 33 tests. Paine’s catch to dismiss Rishabh Pant off Mitchell Starc was the 150th of his career. He has got himself in a list of names like Gilchrist and Quinton De Kock.
South African skipper Quinton De Kock was the quickest to 150 dismissals before Paine as he got them in 34 matches. The Australian skipper has got to the feat in 33 matches. Paine took a total of three catches on day 2 of the MCG Test.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 27, 2020
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Tim Paine’s Story As Australian Test Captain
Paine’s selection as Australian test skipper is a story in itself. He was almost about to quit international cricket and accept a job offer when he was named the captain of the Test side in 2017. Paine drew his first test series as captain against Pakistan in the UAE. He then lost to India in a test series on Australian soil 2-1. Drawing the Ashes 2019 against England was another highest point of Tim Paine’s leadership.
Meanwhile, day 2 of the Boxing-Day test saw India dominate over the Aussies to take an edge in the game. Ajinkya Rahane finished unbeaten on 104 as India ended day 2 of the Boxing-Day test on 277 for 5 leading by 82 runs. Ravindra Jadeja is batting alongside him on 40 as the duo added an unbeaten century stand to help India dominate in the final session of play. This happened after India resumed the day on 36 for 2 and there was some good confident and positive batting from all the batsmen throughout the day.
India 277 for 5 (Rahane 104*, Gill 45, Jadeja 40*) lead Australia 195 all out by 82 runs.