The “Nawab of Najafgarh” Virender Sehwag, was arguably one of the most destructive batsmen to have played the game of cricket. Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards had once compared Sehwag’s batting style to his own. There were very few bowlers who could stop the big man on his day. His calmness at the crease belied his breathtaking approach to batting. He remains the only Indian to have scored two triple centuries in Test cricket to date.
Gautam Gambhir, on the other hand, was the ice to Sehwag’s fire. He was the solid boat that helped Sehwag sail free. He matched consistency with aggression. Gambhir formed a potent opening combination with his fellow Delhi mate, Sehwag. Together they destroyed opposition bowling attacks. Gambhir will always be remembered for his heroic knocks which he played in two iconic World Cup finals. A 75 against Pakistan in 2007 helped India become the inaugural T20 champions. A stupendous 97 against Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final, these knocks are worth their weight in gold.
The king of social media:
Sehwag post-retirement served as the mentor of Kings XI Punjab IPL team for five years from 2014-2018. He has a tremendous fan following on social media. Sehwag has over 36,000 subscribers on YouTube. While he has more than 5 million followers on Instagram. Not just that, he has a whopping 20.3 million followers on Twitter. There are various reports which suggest that Sehwag earns about ₹22 crores ($3 million) annually from his tweets.
Brands, endorsements, and net worth of Virender Sehwag:
Sehwag makes most of his earnings from brand endorsements. There are various brands listed on his website “www.sehwagworld.com” like Adidas, Zandu Balm, JK Cements, Boost, Hero, Royal Challenge for which he charges around ₹2.58 crores ($350,000) for an annual deal. The destructive former opener also endorses ICICI Bank on his social media network. Sehwag reportedly earns ₹30.26 crores ($4.1 million) per year through endorsements. His earnings don’t just end here, he also has his merchandise listed on Amazon. One can get t-shirts, bags, caps, bats, and leather balls of the ‘Virender Sehwag’ brand. Virender Sehwag’s net worth is ₹284 crores ($40 million)
Salary and net worth of Gautam Gambhir:
According to sources, Gautam Gambhir’s net worth stands at ₹98 crores ($130 million). His net worth comprises of his income from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as a former cricket player. Gautam Gambhir is also a Member of Parliament (MP). This helps him draw a salary of ₹50,000 ($677) per month. In addition to this, he even receives ₹45,000 ($609) per month for being the head of his constituency in Delhi.
In late 2019, there were media reports which suggested that Gambhir owns a minority stake in the Delhi Capitals team in IPL 2020. He is said to have bought a 10% stake worth ₹100 crores($133 million) in the franchise.