First Virender Sehwag says 'wives shop', then goes out and buys cricketers at IPL Auction 2017

Feb 21, 2017, 08:30 IST | mid-day online correspondent

After joking that in marriage, a wife shops and husband works, Virender Sehwag hits himself out of the park on Twitter by celebrating his stint as shopper for KXIP at the IPL Auction 2017

Sehwag at the IPL Auction venue in Bangalore on MondayFormer King’s XI Punjab team mentor and current Head of Cricket Operations and Brand Ambassador Virender Sehwag during the IPL Auction 2017 in Bengaluru on Monday. Pic/PTI

Former India opener Virender Sehwag was known for his explosive batting during his heydays. He is now known for his dsiplays of wit in 140 characters or less, quite like the T20 format in cricket.

Viru paaji, who was recently appointed the Head of Cricket Operations and Brand Ambassador of IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab, started a new innings on Monday when he came to the IPL Players Auction 2017 as a shopper.

Now, that's strange since a couple of days prior to the Auction, Sehwag had suggested in a tweet that marriage was all about the husband working and wife shopping.

He though was careful to also make it clear that his wife, Aarti, did both -- shopped and worked.

Virender Sehwag and his wife Aarti Sehwag
Virender Sehwag and his wife Aarti Sehwag

But within 48 hours, he had to hit a reverse sweep off his own bowling as he found himself in the role of a shopper. But the 'Nawab of Najafgarh and Twitter' was sporting enough to take a dig at himself.


He tweeted that at the IPL Auction, it was he who was doing the shopping, while the owners did all the work. He then punned on the word workshop, with the allusion to the IPL Owners' Workshop being equal parts work and shopping.

He had earlier suggested as a joke that in marriages wives shop, while husbands work. But also put the diusclaimer that his wife did both.  

But the 38-year-old former Kings XI Punjab team mentor though didn't empty the purse and was judicious in his shopping. KXIP still had Rs13.9 crore in their purse at hte end of the day. They bought Eoin Morgan, Varun Aaron, Martin Guptill, Darren Sammy, T Natarajan, Matt Henry, Rahul Tewatia and Rinku Singh. 

Kings XI Punjab (8 players for Rs 9.45 crore)

Tamil Nadu pacer T Natarajan was the most expensive buy for KXIP on Monday at Rs 3 crore

T Natarajan Rs 3 Crore
Varun Aaron Rs 2.80 Crore
Eoin Morgan Rs 2 Crore
Matt Henry Rs 50 lakh
Martin Guptill Rs 50 lakh
Darren Sammy Rs 30 lakh
Rahul Tewatia Rs 25 lakh
Rinku Singh Rs 10 lakh

Players Retained: David Miller, Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, M Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla.

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