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  • Shamser Khalid

5 Cricketers and Their Business Ventures


5 Cricketers and Their Business Ventures

Many cricket players get involved in all kinds of matters outside their sport. Like many other athletes, cricket players have been increasingly involved in various business ventures beyond the boundaries of the game. These ventures range from investments in startups and technology companies to launching their own clothing lines and endorsing products.


With their popularity and influence, cricket players have leveraged their brand value to explore entrepreneurial opportunities. Some have ventured into the hospitality industry by opening restaurants or hotels, while others have diversified into the entertainment sector through music or film production.


Because of this, players can explore their passions beyond the sport and use their fame to create long-term financial stability through various business ventures. These are just a few prominent players with business ventures:


Chris Gayle


Meet Chris Gayle, the cricket legend known as the "Universal Boss." Beyond his incredible sports career, Gayle is a man of many entrepreneurial ventures. He proudly owns a sports bar called Triple Century 333, where fans gather to celebrate victories and enjoy great company. Not stopping there, Gayle also indulges his passion for food as the owner of a restaurant in his home country of Jamaica.


But it doesn't end with food and sports; Gayle has expanded his horizons to the fashion world as a global ambassador for Attitude.com. He's not afraid to explore the tech industry either, with investments in companies like FlippAR and IONA, where he actively participates in the gaming and entertainment scenes. With his dynamic range of investments, Chris Gayle continues to show that he's not only a powerhouse on the cricket field but also a savvy businessman.


Virat Kohli


Enter Virat Kohli, the epitome of style and business savvy in the Indian sports world. Not only is he considered one of the most handsome men around, but he's also a force to be reckoned with when it comes to his entrepreneurial endeavors. Kohli boasts a collection of his own brands, including One8 and Wrogn, which showcase his unique sense of fashion and personal style. But his involvement doesn't stop there. This cricketer has also lent his support to various startups. One notable investment is Sports Convo, a social media school startup, where Kohli saw great potential.


Additionally, he's ventured into the fitness industry with his backing of Chisel Gyms, showing his dedication to health and wellness. His business prowess was evident in 2015 when he invested a whopping Rs 90 crore in the venture. In a truly global move, Kohli has even invested in the Hong Kong-based startup Zeeve to launch Muve Acoustics, making waves in the tech world. Virat Kohli is not just a sports icon; he's a shrewd businessman who knows how to make his mark in the business realm.


MS Dhoni


Let's talk about the extraordinary Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, who not only achieved great success on the field but also ventured into the world of business. Dhoni's entrepreneurial journey led him to massive financial gains, setting him apart from other Indian cricketers. One notable business endeavor was his ownership of the Supersport World Championship Team called 'Mahi Racing Team India,' which he co-owned with Akkineni Nagarjuna.


But Dhoni's business prowess didn't stop there. In 2011, he became the ambassador for Gulf Oil, and his exceptional leadership skills led him to quickly rise to the position of CEO of Gulf Oil. Additionally, Dhoni proved himself as a savvy entrepreneur with the launch of his own apparel and fitness merchandise brand called Seven. From conquering the cricket field to achieving remarkable success in the business world, Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to inspire and demonstrate his remarkable versatility and drive.


Mahela Jayawardene


Introducing Mahela Jayawardene, the legendary Sri Lankan cricketer who is making waves in the culinary world. Alongside his former teammate Kumar Sangakkara, Jayawardene co-owns a restaurant called Ministry of Crab in the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Known for its delectable crab dishes, the restaurant has become a go-to spot for food enthusiasts. But Jayawardene's ambitions don't stop there. He has plans to expand the Ministry of Crab chain to Mumbai, India, bringing the flavors and expertise from Colombo to a new audience.


With a focus on quality and authenticity, Jayawardene ensures that the chefs will be trained in Colombo before being brought to India, guaranteeing a consistent and exceptional dining experience. Mahela Jayawardene continues to prove that his passion extends beyond the cricket pitch, delighting taste buds and creating unforgettable culinary journeys.


Sachin Tendulkar


Sachin Tendulkar, the master blaster of cricket, has always been at the top of his game, be it on the cricket field or in the game of life. With a record-breaking hundred international centuries, he has been the reason for a billion people's sweet dreams. But his achievements don't end there, as the Mumbaikar has also ventured into various business endeavors. Tendulkar owns a significant 7.5% share in Musafir, a renowned UAE-based travel company. He has also invested in Smaaash Entertainment, a sports simulation venture, holding an impressive 18% equity stake.


Additionally, he has shown his business acumen by being a part of a joint venture between the Future Group and the Manipal Group. Tendulkar holds 28% stakes in celebrity merchandise and a leading brand extension firm, Universal Collectabillia. Not to mention, he was also a co-owner of the Indian Super League club, Kerala Blasters. Sachin Tendulkar's success extends far beyond the cricket pitch, making him an inspiration both on and off the field.




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