Virender Sehwag reveals how he came to know about IPL
By SMCS - Feb 17, 2023 2:00 pm
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Former India player Virender Sehwag is arguably one of the most destructive openers India have ever produced, and he was also considered as one player in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Sehwag recently opened up on how he became Delhi Daredevils’ icon player in the inaugural edition of the tournament way back in 2008.

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Virender Sehwag started his innings with a boundary

Virender Sehwag stated that former Indian cricketers and veteran commentators Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri had approached players like him to give all their rights to the league as well.

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“A lot of time has passed since the inception of the IPL,” he said. “My children have become adults and they’ve started playing cricket too. But I will never forget the first time we were briefed about this when we were in Australia. Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri approached us and said that there is going to be an Indian Premier League and they were asking for all our rights.”

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India openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Shewag

Virender Sehwag has already confessed that he and a few other players were in doubt to give their rights to a new league at that time, as they didn’t know how things could work out.

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“We were wondering whether the league would be successful or not – what if after giving away our rights we do not gain anything from it,” Virender Sehwag said. “But they assured us that the coming years will be very big for cricket in India and whatever rights we grant to this league, we will be able to earn much more than that. Money was secondary at the time but we didn’t know that the league would give rise to so many youngsters who would one day replace us and become stars,” Virender Sehwag concluded.