Paine, who was constantly needling Ashwin, dropped the third catch, this time of Vihari when he had scored just 15 (off 135 balls) and India were on 319 for five.
Paine dropped two catches of Rishabh Pant, who made a fluent 97 and raised hopes of an Indian win, and then dropped one of Hanuma Vihari, who remained unbeaten on 23 and ensured that the game ended in a draw along with Ravichandran Ashwin (39 not out). Paine was heard calling Ashwin "a di******" at one point during these moments.
Australia too have their share of injury worries with young debutant Will Pucovski awaiting a scan result after injuring his right shoulder during the match.
This was Paine's second apology over the course of this match.
Paine said his behaviour had not caused him to consider his position as captain and he was looking forward to leading Australia out for the final test of the series at the Gabba on Friday.More news: FBI Says Hundreds More Will Be Charged Over Riots
Pant's innings was more impressive considering he was sidelined all of Sunday and had to be replaced in the field by specialist wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who took four catches in Australia's second innings before the hosts declared at 312-6 with a 406-run lead.
Talking about Pucovski, the former skipper said: "The thing I'm anxious about with (Pucovski), a guy playing his first Test match, not to be back out in the field at the end of the day - to me that's a real worry".
"It's a tough one to swallow". Certainly disappointed with myself...
"It's a disgusting feeling knowing that our fast bowlers and our spinner bowled their hearts out and gave everything to the team".
"My leadership wasn't good enough, I let the pressure of the game get to me, it affected my mood and then from there affected my performance". So I was fully expecting it and as I said this morning and yesterday, I'm happy to cop that on the chin. When you come overseas and play a match like this, it's special, it's as good as victory.More news: Days before Trump exit, USA rebrands Cuba state sponsor of terror
But he wasn't required as Vihari, himself hampered by a hamstring strain picked up while running through for a single, and Ashwin stonewalled an increasingly ragged Australian bowling attack for 258 deliveries. But I've said a few times in the last six months I feel like I'm actually getting better as a cricketer.
"Credit to [Pant]. We made the strategy but in the end it's all about that player showing the character".
"We promoted him at number five and the way he played a counter-attacking knock was really good". He is said to have crashed out of the Brisbane Test over a stomach injury.
Reports the tourists were reluctant to travel to Queensland because of the level of quarantine they might have to endure had persisted throughout the third Test. The BCCI has already confirmed that he would miss the fourth Test against Australia and would head to the NCA for his rehab. And even when we were batting in this Test, I was on edge - I was wandering around the changerooms.
Talking about his duel with on-field umpire Paul Wilson regarding DRS, Paine replied: "My mood throughout the whole Test match was a bit off".More news: Did YouTube Bar Trump From Posting New Videos to His Channel?