Cricket is the most popular and celebrated sport in India. And the legends of this game have a huge influence on our society. They are one of the richest and powerful people in India. Cricketers not only earn millions from the work they do on the field but they also get a huge amount of checks from the brands they endorse. But what we all don’t know is that some of our favorite cricketers are also great entrepreneurs. While most of us know their inspiring journeys of becoming one of the best cricketers in the world. On this list, we are going to talk about their of the field innings.
- SACHIN TENDULKAR
The God of Cricket is unarguably one of the greatest cricketers of all time. Tendulkar is the most loved cricketers among Indian cricket fans and one of the most respected personals. He served the Indian cricket team over two decades and endorsed many popular brands of that era. Even after his retiring, his popularity hasn’t fallen even a bit. He still endorses many well known international brands. Talking about his business ventures, we all know that he is a co-owner of the ISL team Kerala Blasters. What you might don’t is that he is one of the main investors in the technology company Smartron. Sachin also invested in Smaaash Entertainment and he owns a number of restaurants. He is one of the stakeholders in S Drive and Sach. He also holds shares in a JV in Future Group and Manipal Group. He is the brand ambassador and shareholder of the UAE based travel company Musafir Travels.
2. MS DHONI
The former captain of the Indian national team, MS Dhoni has won many of our hearts with his skills in the game of cricket. While his journey of becoming the captain cool has inspired all of us. Many of us are not aware of the skills he possesses in entrepreneurship. Mahi owns stakes in a number of small business ventures. He co-owns the ISL team Chennaiyin FC. He also co-owns Mahi Racing Team India, the Supersport World Championship team, with Akkineni Nagarjuna. Dhoni is the co-owner of the Hockey India League team, Ranchi Rays. He has also launched a lifestyle brand named ZEVEN. He owns a fitness company, Sports Fit World Pvt. Ltd. and is also a shareholder in a sports marketing farm. Dhoni also bought around 25% of stakes in the sports-tech startup app Run Adams.
3. VIRAT KOHLI
The currents captain of the national cricket team of India, Virat Kohli has become one of the greatest players of this century. Kohli has climbed the ladders of success very fast with his widely praised on-the-field skills and his worldwide popularity. Kohli endorses a number of global brands and he is the richest cricketer in the world with a net worth of $92 million. Kohli is involved in a number of business ventures. He has invested in the ISL team FC Goa. He co-owns the IPTL franchise UAE Royals and he also co-owns the Pro-Wrestling League franchise Bengaluru Yodhas. He has also launched a youth fashion brand called Wrogn. Being one of the fittest athletes Kohli has created a fitness brand Chisel, a chain of gyms and fitness centres spreading across the country. He has also invested in Stepathlon Kids, the children fitness venture, with Stepathlon Lifestyle. Kohli also bought shares in a tech startup based in London called Sport Convo.
4. VIRENDRA SEHWAG
Sehwag has been known for changing the course of batting in many aspects. He is known for his own aggressive style of batting. After Sehwag retired from cricket we have been seeing a different side of him. From his humorous and savvy tweets to his contributions to the Indian the society. Sehwag has started a school with world-class facilities that aims to develop a student from all aspects. Sehwag personally coaches the students of the schools in its sports academy. The school has been earning a lot of praises. The Sehwag International School is based in Haryana. He also owns a restaurant named ‘Sehwag’s Favourites’ in Delhi’s.
5. YUVRAJ SINGH
Yuvraj Singh is another most loved Indian cricketers who have been known for his skills on-the-field. His story of battling with cancer and then coming back in the cricket field has inspired many and continues inspiring. His fashion brand YouWeCan have been helping hundreds of people to fight their battle with cancer. He has also invested in brands such as Vyomo which is a mobile beauty and wellness platform and Moovo, Black With Orange, Cartisan, Heathians, Educart and Sportybeans. He also owns sports365.in, a sports-based e-commerce store. He is also one of the richest cricketers with a net worth of $40 million.
6. SUNIL GAVASKAR
One of the legends of Indian cricket history is Sunil Gavaskar. He is also one of the most respected players of all time known as the Little Master. He is among the most dedicated players on-the-field. In 1985, he launched the agency Professional Management Group or PMG. It is the first sports marketing agency in India. He also co-owns the franchise, Mumbai Masters in the Indian Badminton League.
7. ZAHEER KHAN
The bowler has set and broke many records during his career in the Indian cricket team. Currently, he is coaching the IPL team Mumbai Indians. Zaheer Khan started his first business venture in 2005 as a hospitality business called Zaheer Khan Hospitality. The self-proclaimed foodie started his first restaurant in Pune named ‘ZK’. After that, he ventured a sports lounge named, Toss and then Banquet Foyer, with his hospitality business, also based in Pune.
8. ANIL KUMBLE
Anil Kumble is regarded as one of the most successful captains of all time of the Indian cricket team. Kumble made many records across his cricket career. He is the third highest wicket taker of all time. Kumble is the founder of a sports education company called, Tenvic. He also leads the company StumpVision, a software company, with his brother.
9. SOURAV GANGULY
Another one of the most successful Indian captains of all time is Sourav Ganguly aka Dada. Being born in one of the richest family of Kolkata, Ganguly had business in his blood. His father Chandidas Ganguly ran a flourishing print business, which was the 3rd largest printing business in Asia. Sourav Ganguly currently runs the Sourav Ganguly Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. Ganguly also co-owns the ISL team Atletico De Kolkata. The Prince of Calcutta also hosts a Bengali reality TV show called, Dadagiri.
10. KAPIL DEV
Another legend of cricket is Kapil Dev. The captain who won India the 1983 Cricket World Cup is considered as one of the best cricketers of all time. Kapil Dev is the first cricketer to take 200 wickets in the ODI format of cricket. Apart from being one of the greatest all-rounders of all time, Dev is also the owner of the restaurant Kapil XI. Kapil Dev is also planning on opening a lounge bar.