5 Indian Cricketers Who Became Successful Entrepreneurs

Updated - 17 Nov 2019, 12:26 PM

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Virat Kohli. (Credits: Twitter)

Billions of people in India follow the game of cricket.  For them, cricket is not just a sport but a religion. They cheer for their favourite stars through ups and downs in life. This is what makes the sport ever-so special. Indian cricketers will be forever grateful for the incredible support and it is quite fair to say, India has the best fan-base in the world.

To keep the fans happy, cricketers are making sure to play a fearless brand of cricket only to help the team win. Though there have been several cricketers who have played for India, not many went on to attain stardom. To attain fame, one has to be extra special.

Cricketers who broke several records in the form of scoring centuries or taking wickets have gone on to become successful pillars of the team. Meanwhile, with a lot of money involved in the game, the cricketers are also trying their hand in various business.

We at Cricket Addictor will take a look at the five Team India cricketers who also became successful entrepreneurs:

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5. Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag. Credit: ICC

In his time, the ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ was a perfect entertainer on the cricket field. With high-flying sixes and a flurry of fours, he entertained the audience at the best scene. After Virender Sehwag called it quits from the gentleman’s game, he started entertaining the fans off the field too. With an incredible sense of humour in his tweet, he became the king of the Twitter platform. Former swashbuckling India opener wishes cricketers in his own style, which only he can come up with sensational stuff like that.

Besides relishing the taste of success as a cricketer, he started his business venture as well, setting entrepreneurship goals. Sehwag owns a restaurant named ‘Sehwag’s Favourites’ in the national capital. He also has invested a lot in the Sehwag International School in Haryana only to give more importance to education in the country.

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4. Yuvraj Singh 

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh. (Credits: Twitter)

Yuvraj Singh thoroughly entertained the fans through and through with the mind-boggling sixes. He has had a phenomenal cricketing career. The 2011 World Cup hero is also involved in business ventures too. His fashion brand ‘YouWeCan’, has turned the pages of hundreds of cancer patients fight their obstacles.

The former Indian cricketer, who retired earlier this year, also owns a sports-based e-commerce store sports365.in including investments in Vyomo, Moovo, Black With Orange, Cartisan, Heathians, Educart and Sportybeans. As per finapp.com, his current net worth is at $22 million.

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3. Sachin Tendulkar

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Sachin Tendulkar. Credit: AFP

Sachin Tendulkar still keeps hitting the headlines even after his retirement from international cricket. In fact, it is not just a name but an emotion for the people of India. He is still a popular figure among Indians and several cricketers across the world draw inspiration from him. The Master Blaster has represented India for over two decades and has endorsed the most iconic brands of his time.

It is worth mentioning that Sachin has investments in several brands. He is one of the main investors in Smartron, a technology-based company. His other investments include brands like Musafir, Smaaash Entertainment, and owns a string of restaurants to his name. Sachin is also the co-owner of Kochi Indian Super League franchise Kerala Blasters FC. Besides, Sachin Tendulkar is also a stakeholder in S Drive and Sach.

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2. MS Dhoni

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MS Dhoni. (Credits – Getty)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only captain to have won all the three ICC trophies. After he stepped down from captaincy, he has been still giving absolutely everything to Team India as a wicketkeeper-batsman. He has been helping Virat Kohli in giving much-needed tips behind the scenes.

He is currently out of the team set-up after taking a break from the game following a poor run in the ICC World Cup 2019. India’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad had also said that Indian team management is moving on from Dhoni to give chance to Rishabh Pant or Sanju Samson. Meanwhile, Dhoni has purchased 25 per cent stakes in a Chennai-based sports tech startup, Run Adam.

He is also a co-owner of the Chennai-based football team Chennaiyin FC. He also owns stakes and SportsFit World is one among the small business ventures. Moreover, SEVEN is a lifestyle brand that is co-owned by MS Dhoni.

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1. Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Credit: BCCI

Virat Kohli is truly an inspiration and a fitness icon. Leading the side from the front across all the formats, Virat is the most popular and richest cricketer in the world right now. He has a staggering net worth of Rs 382 crore and his wealth is growing at a rapid pace.

He has been making use of the resources to good effect as he is spending it in multiple businesses. The run-machine also has a chain of gyms under the name Chisel. He has splashed money in startups named Stepathlon Kids and Sports Convo, in which he is also a brand ambassador. Moreover, he has an e-commerce fashion brand Wrogn, focussed on the youth and has also started his own food chain.


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