The Indian Premier League’s inaugural auction lay the groundwork for the competition to develop into a lavish event in the years to come. The league, however, didn’t start off on the best footing because the players were sceptical of the entire auction procedure. One of the biggest performers in the inaugural season, Virender Sehwag, recently revealed the initial response of the Indian players when they were informed about the auction.
Sehwag revealed that the Indian team learned about the auction for the first time while they were on their 2007–2008 tour of Australia. It was held on February 20, 2008, during the Auction. It feels like a long time has passed because the children have grown up and are now playing cricket.We are now adults. Sehwag recalled, “I will never forget the day we had our initial briefing.
The former Indian opener added that Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri were the ones who first pitched the idea to the players.
It was Australia. We were approached by Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri, who explained that the Indian Premier League was coming and demanded that we cede all of our rights to them. We questioned whether or not this league would actually be a success. We are sacrificing all of our rights, but what if we receive nothing in return? asked Sehwag.
Yet, they made certain that we recognised that it isgoing to grow to be a very significant league. You will be paid significantly more than what you are currently receiving for whatever rights you grant to this league. Money was obviously a secondary consideration, but at the time we had no idea it would grow into such a significant platform where other players would have opportunities and eventually replace us.