British man cops abuse from cricket fans in Tim Paine mix-up

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Indian fans accidentally targeted British man Tim Payne (pictured right) on social media instead of Aussie captain Tim Paine (pictured left).
Indian fans were involved in a case of mistaken identity after accidentally targeting British man Tim Payne (pictured right) instead of Aussie captain Tim Paine (pictured left). (Images: Getty Images/Instagram)

Aussie captain Tim Paine copped plenty of criticism from the cricket community following the SCG Test but unfortunately not all of it was directed at the right person.

Paine’s position in the Australian Test side, as well as his captaincy, are under much scrutiny following his side’s shock 2-1 series loss to an injury-ravaged Indian side.

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But he became the target of online trolls following the fallout from the SCG Test after his foul-mouthed rant at Ravi Ashwin during Day 5.

The stump microphones picked up barbs that Australia's skipper directed at India veteran Ashwin during the 122nd over of Monday's stoic batting display by the visitors.

Aussie cricket legend Greg Chappell and Sunil Gavaskar were strong critics of the Aussie captain, who has apologised for his unsavoury antics in the drawn Test in Sydney.

This prompted devoted Indian fans to turn to social media and blast Paine in the aftermath.

However, not all of them appeared to realise the man they were trolling was not Paine the Aussie cricket captain, but Tim Payne from London.

The mistaken identity saw Payne, with a verified account, post screenshots on social media of the Indian fans trolling him.

Instagram user Tim Payne posted screenshots of the messages Indian fans sent him in a mistaken identity for Australian cricket captain Tim Paine. (Image: Instagram)
Instagram user Tim Payne posted screenshots of the messages Indian fans sent him in a mistaken identity for Australian cricket captain Tim Paine. (Image: Instagram)
Instagram user Tim Payne posted screenshots of the messages Indian fans sent him in a mistaken identity for Australian cricket captain Tim Paine. (Image: Instagram)
Instagram user Tim Payne posted screenshots of the messages Indian fans sent him in a mistaken identity for Australian cricket captain Tim Paine. (Image: Instagram)

A few cricket fans sent Payne messages of support and apologised for the mistaken identity.

But the British man took it all in good humour and photoshopped a photo of his face on the Aussie captain’s body with the caption: ‘Plot twist’.

Kevin Pietersen calls out Tim Paine

Many are calling for Paine’s head as the fallout from the embarrassing defeat continues.

According to English cricket great Kevin Pietersen, Paine isn’t even good enough to be in the Test side let alone the captain.

“Australians don’t like to lose and the knives will be out for a few members of that team after this defeat,” Pietersen told Betway on Wednesday.

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