19th January 2021 - This day will always be written in the history of Indian cricket, following India's historic 2-1 Test series win. India chased down 328 runs in the fourth innings to breach the Gabba fortress of Australia as the hosts lost their first Test at the venue since 1988.
But soon after Rishabh Pant scored the winning runs, in a bid to troll Australian skipper Paine, the exciting Indian fans went to Instagram and ended up trolling a wrong Tim Paine. A man with the name Tim Payne and a verified account who is from London has faced unwanted criticism from Indian fans in the comments section of his posts.
After receiving over 600 message requests and witnessing his comments box getting spammed constantly by the Indian fans, the man decided to set things straight and issued a clarification over his name.
"The Indian cricket fans need to allow me thinking I'm the Australian cricket captain 'Tim Paine'. As IG has mistaken me for him and he doesn't seem to have socials I receive all the backlash for his antics against India," the fan wrote in his Instagram story.
"Over 600+ message requests and constant spam on comments of my photos. Some very interesting ones," he added.
He shared screenshots of the abuse and the backlash he has had to face after being mistaken as the Australian Test captain. Tim Paine - the actual Aussie captain is not on Instagram.
Have a look at some screenshots here:
While he has been facing backlash from the Indian fans for no reason, Payne seems to have taken it all in a good spirit and shared a morphed picture of Australian captain Tim Paine with his face on it to share a laugh amid all the confusion. "Plot twist," he captioned the picture on Instagram. Well, certainly a plot twist.
Meanwhile, the real Tim Paine graciously admitted that they were outplayed by India in all three departments of the game.
"We were here to win the series, but we have just been outplayed by a disciplined and tough Indian side who fully deserve the series win. We have to look back over a lot of things, and we'll go through it as a group,” Paine said at the post-match presentation.
After losing the first Test, India staged a brave comeback and won the second Test in Melbourne by 8 wickets before drawing the third game in Sydney. India then pulled off a record run chase on Day 5 in Brisbane to bring an end to Australia's 32-year-long unbeaten streak at The Gabba and win the series 2-1.