“I Will Never Forget”: Virender Sehwag Recalls Anxieties Ahead Of IPL 1st Season
Virender Sehwag played for Delhi Daredevils in the first season of IPL© Twitter
Former Indian cricket team opener Virender Sehwag recalled how he was informed about the Indian Premier League (IPL) ahead of its first season in 2008. In a recent conversation, the explosive batsman said that Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri told all the national team players about the tournament when they were in Australia and even the scale that IPL has achieved in the last 15 years , wondered at that. Sehwag was one of the biggest names in the competition and was selected as the captain of Delhi Daredevils.
“I will never forget the day when we were informed for the first time,” Sehwag said at a press conference organized by Star Sports to celebrate 15 years of IPL. “We were in Australia. Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri approached us and said that there is going to be a thing called the Indian Premier League and they are asking us to give them all their rights.
Sehwag said, “He made sure we understand that this is going to be a very big league in the future.” “Whatever rights you give to this league, you will be earning a lot more than you are earning now.”
Sehwag guided the Daredevils to the knockout stage of the tournament in the first season and he lauded the tournament for providing a platform to young talents who went on to play for the national side.
“Money was of course a secondary factor, but at that time we never thought that it would become such a big platform where new players would get a chance and take our place.”
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