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Five cricketers who own successful business ventures


Not all cricketers earn their whole income from playing cricket or endorsing brands. Some of them invest their money to increase their empire outside of the world of cricket. Cricketers are no less than celebrities, and they know how to use their brand value for their benefit. Some cricketers have taken advantage of this fact to set up their business ventures. The following cricketers not only rule the field, but also own and run their business successfully:

Men overlooking Cricket field
Men overlooking Cricket field

MS Dhoni

The former Indian Cricket Team Captain, also famously known as Captain Cool, has not only led his national team to win the World Cup in 2011, but also captains Chennai Super Kings who, along with top IPL team Mumbai Indians, have the most IPL wins. His achievements include being included in the annual Time 100 list as one of the most influential people in the world, being the winner of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, and even having a biopic made after his real life. However, Dhoni has invested a lot of his earning in other sports. He co-owns the Ranchi-based hockey club Ranchi Rays franchise in Hockey India League, as well as the Chennai-based football club Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League, and a Supersport World Championship team called Mahi Racing Team India. He also owns a lifestyle brand called SEVEN and a production house called Dhoni Entertainment, whose web series has been the biggest Hotstar Specials launch till date.

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Virat Kohli

The Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli smiling
The Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli smiling

The recently turned vegan cricketer is as good a businessman as he is a player. The Indian Cricket Team Captain has been the top-ranked ODI batsman since 2017 and is also the current leading batsman in the Test rankings. He is also considered as one of the World’s most famous athletes by ESPN, and has been featured in the annual Time 100 list as one of the most influential people in the world. His business feats are as impressive as his sports achievements. Just like the former Indian team captain, the current captain is a big fan of other sports. He co-owns the Indian Super League club FC Goa along with the International Premier Tennis League franchise in UAE Royals, and Bengaluru Yodhas franchise in Pro Wrestling League. The youth icon also co-owns the youth fashion brand WROGN. His other successful business investments include a chain of gym and fitness centres spread across various regions of India, children fitness venture called Stepathlon Kids, and holding shares in a London-based social networking site for sports lovers called Sport Convo.

Mahela Jayawardene & Kumar Sangakarra

Nobody can deny the famous Sri Lankan duo’s world-record-breaking partnership on the field. Both cricket players have been multiple recipients of ICC (International Cricket Council) awards. Both of them, individually and together, have set more than 15 cricket world records in Tests, One Day Internationals, Twenty20 Internationals, and World Cups. The duo have also been included in the SLC high powered committee. They are not just famous in the world of Cricket but also in the world of fine dining restaurants. Their joint business venture, along with Sri Lanka’s well-known chef Darshan Munidasa, is none less than the Ministry of Crab, one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2018. Their ministry restaurant comes with its constitution and amendments which only ensures quality seafood to be served. Currently, the Ministry of Crab can be found in Colombo-Sri Lanka, Shanghai-China, and Mumbai-India. They will soon be coming to Manila, Philippines.

Gary Kirsten

Gary Kirsten got honored  from his Indian team after the World Cup 2011 win
Gary Kirsten got honored from his Indian team after winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

The former South African cricket player is more famously known as the former coach of Indian Cricket Team and the current coach of the South African Cricket Team. Under Kirsten coaching, the Indian Cricket Team won the 2011 World Cup and the former Indian captain, M.S. Dhoni, has called him the best thing to happen to Indian cricket. Similarly, the South African Cricket Team managed to reach number 1 in the ICC Test rankings under his coaching. Kirsten made his brand into his business. He is the co-owner of Performance Zone, which works with individuals and teams in business and sport to bring out their best performance, and is the owner of an internationally renowned cricket academy. Kirsten’s earnings also come from his collaboration with Cape Africa Tours named after the legend himself, Gary Kirsten Travel and Tours.

In the world of sports, it is always smart to have a second income to fall back upon. These players’ smart choices and investments are prime examples of how to plan your retirement in an intelligent way.

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