Virender Sehwag has caused quite a stir by starring in a hilarious commercial for Star Sports ahead of the upcoming T20I and ODI series against Australia. The commercial has left a mark on not only the fans but also the cricketers. Recently, former Australia opener Matthew Hayden had warned Sehwag and Star Sports after seeing it and now India star Rishabh Pant has responded too.
With not much time left before the series starts, the official broadcasters of the series set the tone by releasing the teasing advertisement. Taking a cue from the babysitting sledge during the Test series a couple of months ago, Sehwag turned babysitter for the commercial. In the advertisement, Sehwag can be seen with a bunch of kids wearing Australian jerseys, saying:
“Jab hum Australia gaye the, toh unhone poocha tha babysitting karoge? Humne kahaa sabke sab aajaao. Zaroor karenge.”
This babysitting anecdote began during the third day of the Boxing Day Test between Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine. With Pant new at the crease. Paine tried to get under his skin by saying:
“Tell you what big MS is back in the one day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes.. They need a batter. Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too… get him a water front apartment. Have him over for dinner. Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”
Rishabh Pant had later taken revenge by calling Paine a “temporary captain” and mocked him from behind the stumps.
And now Pant has given his reaction on Sehwag’s role in the babysitting advertisement. The wicketkeeper-batsman took to Twitter to hail Sehwag as an inspiration, writing:
“Viru paaji showing me how to be better at cricket and babysitting — an inspiration always! ?”
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) February 13, 2019
Meanwhile, Australia’s tour of India will begin with a T20I on February 24. After the two T20Is, the five-match ODI series between Australia and India will begin on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (Jamtha) in Nagpur will host the second ODI on the 5th.
The third ODI will take place at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on March 8. The Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali will host the penultimate ODI on the 10th. The series will conclude with the final ODI at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on the 13th.