India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is in awe of Virender Sehwag’s latest television commercial where the World Cup-winning former opener can be seen playing a babysitter.
Virender Sehwag featured in the hilarious promotional video for the upcoming Australia’s cricket tour of India. Virat Kohli’s Team India will face a visiting Australian side in a two-match T20I series followed by a five-match ODI series, starting February 24.
“Viru paaji showing me how to be better at cricket and babysitting an inspiration always!” Pant wrote on Twitter.
Pant’s comments come after Sehwag was seen babysitting Australian kids in the television commercial. The batting great, known for his witty remarks, can be telling the kids: “Jab hum Australia gaye the, toh unhone poocha tha babysitting karoge? Humne kahaa sabke sab aajaao. Zaroor karenge.”
The television commerical refers to the on-field banter between Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine during India’s successful tour of Australia from earlier this year wherein the Australia captain asked Pant if he can babysit for him.
Rishabh Pant showcased he is a spot by posing with Tim Paine’s wife and kids when the two teams met during a party hosted at the Australian Prime Minister’s official residence. Bonnie Paine took to Instagram to share a photo Pant with her kids and captioned it: “Best babysitter”.
Rishbah Pant’s gesture went viral as Bharat Army, an group of Indian touring fans, dedicated a special song to babysitter Pant. Rohit Sharma, who recently became a father, also asked if the wicketkeeper-batsman can babysit for him.
Hayden responds to Sehwag’s TV commercial
Meanwhile, former Australia opener Matthew Hayden took a swipe at Virender Sehwag over the television commercial, warning the Indians against taking Australia lightly.
“#BeWarned Never take Aussie’s for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who’s baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy,” Hayden had tweeted.
Australia will be without Steve Smith and David Warner as the prolific scorers are serving out their ball-tampering bans. In a big blow, left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc was also ruled out of the upcoming limited-over series in India with an injury.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli is expected to return to lead India after having been rested for two ODIs and the whole of T20I series in New Zealand. Rohit Sharma is reportedly going to be rested for at least a part of the upcoming series while Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul may earn a recall as India are looking at backup openers for the World Cup.