To start with, Sehwag is a genius. Before he was cracking jokes on Twitter, he was cracking his opponents with his bat and bowl. When he first joined Twitter, we were not too surprised because we thought of him as our beloved cricketer who wants to stay in touch with his fans.
But, once he doped us with his funny shayari and witty jokes, we literally floored (with laughter!). We realized that he is a God damn entertainer. Nobody could write jokes like he did and his satirical and unique play of words tagged him the king of Twitter. And why not?
He thrashed the acclaimed editor Piers Morgan in one blow:
Country with 1.2 billion people wildly celebrates 2 losing medals. How embarrassing is that? https://t.co/FYSBM7ErAf
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 24, 2016
We cherish every small happiness’,
But Eng who invented Cricket,&yet2win a WC,still continue to playWC.Embarrassing? https://t.co/0mzP4Ro8H9
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 24, 2016
Who else could do this?
Seeing his enormous popularity on Twitter, you might not have thought that Twitter is making him richer day by day. After all, he just tweets random jokes and his followers multiply. But no, that’s not the only case. In an interview, he disclosed the amount he made through his tweets in last six months and it will roll your eyeballs. Sehwag said,
“I have, in the last six months, made around Rs 30 lakh through my tweets”
Wondering how could just 140-character jokes on Twitter make him so rich?
All thanks to sponsors. Sehwag clarified his point,
“These are all jokes we used to crack with friends and in the dressing room, Once I took to Twitter and shared those jokes, they became a huge hit. My following grew and some of the posts got thousands of retweets. With so many shares, money from sponsors followed.”
The thing is that when brands approached him to slip in a word or two about them in his tweets, Sehwag promptly agreed to this kind of promotion because it was economically sound. Thus, he promotes brands blending them with his sense of humor.
Here is one of his tweets where he promoted ‘Paytm’ indirectly:
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 29, 2016
Interestingly, he uses all this money to run his school, Sehwag International School. He continued saying,
“I lose around a couple of crores every year on the school, but even if I was to make a profit from it, I would never use it for myself. I’d plough every penny back into improving facilities for the school.”
And, just for that, he deserves applause: