“Whatever I feel strongly about, I put it on Twitter. I don’t bother about what people or media will think.”
Thus spoke former India opening batsman Virender Sehwag as he regaled the audience with his untold stories at Xolo SporTale, India’s first sports literature fest. He was speaking to television host Gaurav Kapur on telling stories in 140 characters.
“I am not scared about what I write. Sometimes negative publicity is also good publicity,” the former Indian opening batsman said.
Sehwag is a very popular person on Twitter with over 8.5 million followers and his tweets in 2016 were viewed over 60 million times. Such is his popularity that one of his popular tweets was retweeted 29,000 times. His tweets are often laced with earthy humour, and the occasional online banter, which is appreciated among the masses.
His stories again caught the attention of his followers and soon #SporTale was trending on social media.
Sharing his experiences about his posts on Twitter, the Nawab of Najafgarh said, “When I write against the Pakistan team, I get a lot of abuses from that country.” But that has not deterred him from freely voicing his opinion on issues from Jallikattu to the Jat agitation.
“I consider myself very lucky since I was part of the team with Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman Rahul Dravid since I had a lot of things to learn from them,” Sehwag, the only Indian to have hit two triple centuries, said. He names Gautam Gambhir as a partner who he really enjoyed batting with in limited overs matches. In test matches, the best batting partner for him was Rahul Dravid.
Sehwag has predicted that India could win three of the four tests against Australia. He believes that since India has been having a very good run in test matches, the law of averages could catch up and one of the tests may not go India’s way.