Matthew Hayden took a pot shot at Virender Sehwag after the former India batsmen appeared in a promotional ad ahead of the India vs Australia limited-overs series. The ad shows Virender Sehwag baby-sitting some kids wearing Australian green and gold, a dig at the Aussies for the exchange their stand-in skipper Tim Paine had with young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant during the recently-concluded Test series in Australia. Matthew Hayden was not amused and took to Twitter with his response. “BeWarned Never take Aussie’s for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who’s baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy,” Hayden tweeted ahead of the series which begins on February 24.
— Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) February 11, 2019
The broadcasters had tweeted that “Every baby needed a baby-sitter”, and had shared the video of Sehwag with the kids.
Needless to say, Indian fans took up on the conversation and reactions came in thick and fast.
Matty, its all “friendly banter” buddy
— Vipin Yadav (@vipiny4u) February 11, 2019
Hayden destruction at peak like 2000s..
— Umair (@imumair10) February 11, 2019
Haydos it’s all on the lighter note. No offences it’s just for a laugh. Just like Tim Paine banter. It’s all fun.
— Kalpesh Solanki (@kalpesh22895) February 11, 2019
Wanted to know who’s the creative writer for this ad… The babysitting saga is now exposed to the entire world… I am sure Pant wouldn’t have thought things might have gone this far… Lets see which opener win’s the Twitter battle though..
— sushil pandey (@sushilpandey212) February 11, 2019
Good to see you back Haydos @HaydosTweets. We all were worried after u posted your injury pic – looking forward to hear you commenting during IPL 🙂
— Soumya Bhattacharya (@tweet_soumyab) February 11, 2019
Paine and Pant were involved in banter when the Australian captain had taken a dig at the Delhi wicketkeeper after MS Dhoni’s return to the Indian limited-overs fold.
Paine attempted to troll Indian wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant during the Melbourne Test, saying, “Tell you what big MS is back in the one day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes (BBL team Hobart Hurricanes). They need a batter. Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too… get him a waterfront apartment. Have him over for dinner. Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”
Pant thereafter went on to meet Paine’s wife and children and the whole thing took a different dimension.