Virender Sehwag turned babysitter in a TV commercial ahead of Australia's tour of India starting February 24. Later this month, Australia will play 2 T20Is and 5 ODIs against India and it is expected to be another spicy contest.
India will soon return home from a successful tour Down Under. Under Virat Kohli, India won their first ever bilateral Test and ODI series in Australia. But the Test series was punctuated with some verbal battles which included a series of sledges between Tim Paine and Rishabh Pant.
During a Test match, Paine asked Pant if he would like to babysit his kids while he went out with Mrs Paine. Not one to take a back step, Pant called Paine a temporary captain.
A few days later, Rishabh Pant was pictured with the Paine kids and Mrs Paine captioned the photo 'Best Babysitter.' During the Sydney Test in January, the Bharat Army even dedicated a song to Babysitter Pant.
It was all in good humour but the new TV commercial is hilarious.
In an advertisement for Star Sports, Sehwag is seen with a bunch of kids wearing Australian jerseys: "Jab hum Australia gaye the, toh unhone poocha tha babysitting karoge? Humne kahaa sabke sab aajaao. Zaroor karenge."
India's tour of Australia produced some iconic cricket moments but the one that really stood out was Pant's photo with Mrs Paine and the kids. In a press conference, Tim Paine explained how the now viral photo shoot happened.
"We were at the PM's house.. just had a quick chat to Rishabh. My wife happened to be there so we just grabbed a quick photo. He was a good sport and he is on the field, to be honest.
"A fair bit has been made of a little bit of banter between two wicketkeepers which has been pretty light-hearted and pretty friendly. I enjoy the way he goes about it. I wish I played that way when I was his age. He looks like he has a hell of a lot of fun," Paine said.