Former Australian International cricketer Mattew Hayden has weighed-in on the banter war ahead of Australia’s tour of India, which will commence from February 24th. Warning former India cricketer Sehwag, Hayden took to his social media. “#BeWarned Never take Aussie’s for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who’s baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy,” Hayden tweeted.
This stemmed from an advertisement which is played out as promotion on the broadcasting channel ahead of the upcoming and anticipated cricket series. In the ad, the Australian cricket team was mocked in a comical fashion as Sehwag is seen babysitting them, making references to the Rishabh Pant-Tim Paine banter during India’s recent tour of Australia.
The former Indian batsmen is seen with babies dressed in Australian jersey saying, “Jab hum Australia gaye the, toh unhone poocha tha babysitting karoge? Humne kahaa sabke sab aajaao. Zaroor karenge.”
Wondering where the babysitting banter come from? Well, it started during the recently concluded India’s tour of Australia in the third day of the boxing day test. In the match, a funny incident went viral – the Kangaroos skipper Tim Paine had a friendly jibe on Pant to mock him while he was batting on the crease.”Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids,” he teased.
Paine had a go at Pant as he was scheduled to dart following the test series as he was replaced with the former skipper MS Dhoni for the limited over series.
To add to the fun, Pant was actually pictured with Paine’s wife Bonnie and his kids and the photograph posted by Bonnie with the captain “best babysitter” went viral.
The babysitting banters and the friendly jibes will continue when these two giant cricketing nations meet again.
The first T20I between India and Australia will be held on February 24 in Bengaluru followed by the second T20I on February 27 in Visakhapatnam.