Former Australian opening batsman and one of cricket's most explosive batsman, Matthew Hayden, ignited the babysitting banter by taking a dig at Virender Sehwag ahead of Australia's tour of India.
Sehwag had featured in a Star Sports advertisement, in which he could be seen having a bit of fun with babies wearing Australian jerseys. But a day later, Hayden has given it back to the former Indian with a cheeky response.
"BeWarned Never take Aussie's for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who's baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy," read's the Aussie's message on Twitter.
In an advertisement of Star Sports, Virender Sehwag challenged the Aussies by raking up the babysitting banter which took place between Tim Paine and Rishabh Pant during the Test series between Australia and India earlier in December 2018-January 2019.
"Aley aley aley, dekho kaun aaya hai idhar? Australia ki paltan aa gayi hai. Aley aley aley.....Jab ham Australia gaye the toh unhone pucha tha babysitting karoge? Humne kaha, sab ke sab aajao, zaroor karenge," Sehwag said before adding, "Bas vo hamare iraadon pe paani na pher dein."
During the Day Three of the third Test between the two sides, Paine, while standing behind the stumps, had a go at Pant who was at the crease. The Aussie skipper had a go at the young Indian batsman by asking him if he'd like to babysit his kids.
"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 your Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too... get him a water front apartment," he said before adding, "Have him over for dinner. Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids."
But Pant did not let the banter die, and gave the Aussie skipper a taste of his own medicine during Australia's innings. When Paine came out to bat, the young Indian wicketkeeper-batsman went a step further and roasted his opposite number with his remarks.
"We've got a special guest today, come on boys. Special appearance today boy, come on. No responsibility there from captain. Running away, always running away. Too difficult, too difficult," he said before adding, "Have you heard of the word, a 'temporary captain', ever? I am seeing it. You don't need anything to get him out. He loves to talk, that's the only thing he can do. Only talking, talking."