In Pics: Indian Cricketers and their business ventures

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Bengaluru, April 21: After prowessing his skills as a successful cricketer, Virat Kohli is all set to turn businessman.

According to media reports, 26-year-old right-hander Kohli, who is the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL 8), will soon invest a whopping Rs 90 crore to open his own line of gyms. [IPL 2015 Full Schedule - 8 April to 24 May]

The gyms will be named as "Chisel" and it will be jointly owned by Kohli, Chisel Fitness and Mumbai-based Cornerstone Sport & Entertainment Pvt Ltd.

Satya Sinha, the director of Bengaluru-based startup Chisel Fitness and one of the Kohli's partner in the joint business venture told TOI that "the total investment to launch 75 centers in three years is around Rs 190 crores." [Virat Kohli sets Twitter abuzz with 'what have I done' tweet]

"We will launch gyms of various sizes and with different facilities according to their locations. We are also in talks with international sports-based fitness experts to bring in their expertise," Sinha said. 

Arvind Singhal, founder of retail consultancy Technopak was quoted saying as, "These days, the reach of fitness centers goes beyond just the top ten cities. Apart from his financial equity, Kohli's brand equity is so strong at the moment that it may catapult the chain to success".

In February this year, the fashionable and fitness freak Kohli also launched his own online clothing line "WROGN". [10 Fitness Secrets Of Virat Kohli]

However, Kohli is not the only Indian cricketer who will be trying his luck into business profession. Other cricketers too have successfully forayed into the business ventures. 

Let's take a look:

Kohli to turn businessman

After launching his online clothing line "Wrogn", Cricketer Virat Kohli is all set to open a chain of gyms all across India, by investing Rs 90 crore.

MS Dhoni launched 'SportsFit'

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni ventured into the business of fitness, by launching "SportsFit World Pvt Ltd".

He has planned to open around 200 fitness centres under the SportsFit brand not only in India but also overseas, including Australia, Middle East, Singapore and the UK.

The first four gyms under 'SportsFit' brand opened in Gurgaon, Delhi, Chandigarh and Faridabad.


Yuvraj Singh invests in beauty, wellness platform Vyomo

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh's start-up fund Youwecan Ventures has invested an undisclosed amount in mobile beauty and wellness platform Vyomo, in a seed funding round.

Vyomo aims to create a complete solution for beauty professionals to manage and grow their business through a smartphone, and customers to book appointments instantly through their mobile devices.



Robin Uthappa runs 'iTiffin'

Cricketer Robin Uthappa's Bengaluru-based startup 'iTiffin', a venture that delivers healthy meals, was launched in 2013.

A typical iTiffin meal box includes brown rice, rotis, dal, salad, a vegetarian or non-vegetarian dish at an average cost of Rs 2,000 per month.


Anil Kumble, the co-founder of TENVIC

Anil Kumble's iconic status and exceptional achievements as an International cricketer are well documented and universally applauded.

At TENVIC, Anil brings his proven leadership skills into play, drawing from his experience as a former Indian cricket team captain, reputed executive coach and public speaker.

With his hands-on approach, Anil leverages his intellect and experience to advantage in every aspect of the company's operations.

Sourav Ganguly, an entrepreneur

Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly turned entrepreneur as he runs cricket coaching centres and anchors television shows.

Ganguly last year ventured into education business and hired a management graduate from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C) among other first recruits.

His father Chandidas Ganguly ran a flourishing printing business, the 3rd largest in Asia and and was one of the richest men in Kolkata.


Sachin Tendulkar has stakes in various ventures

Sachin Tendulkar has stakes in various ventures and last year he invested in an online travel agency

He also holds a stake in celebrity merchandise and brand extension firm Universal Collectabillia Pvt Ltd.

Kapil Dev has set up his restaurants and more...

In 2005, Kapil picked up 5% stake in Zicom Electronics.

Kapil owns the Captain's Eleven restaurants in Chandigarh and Patna. He also owns the Kaptain's Retreat Hotel renovated and reopened in 2002 in Chandigarh.

Kapil established a company Dev Musco Lighting Pvt Limited in partnership with Musco Lighting to install floodlights in major stadiums and sports venues in India.


Zaheer Khan into hospitality business

Zaheer Khan runs a restaurant called ZK's in Pune, Maharashtra.

In 2005, 36-year-old-cricketer decided to start a new innings in the hospitality business with "Zaheer Khan's Hospitality". He has two other restaurants called "Banquet Foyer" and "Toss".

Sehwag International School

36-year-old Virender Sehwag ventured into education when he opened, "Sehwag International School" in Jhajjar district of Haryana.

In an interview, Sehwag was quoted saying as that the school is baby and he has nurtured it.

According to the EducationWorld C Fore India School Rankings of September 2013, Sehwag International School ranks at number 25 in the all-India rankings of day-cum-boarding schools and number 2 in Haryana.


Suresh Raina co-owner of UP hockey franchise in HIL

In November 2014, Suresh Raina became the second cricketer to be associated with the Hockey India League (HIL) as he became the co-owner of the Uttar Pradesh Wizards franchise.

On his association with the Sahara Group-owned team, Raina said that he was he was "proud" to be associated with hockey, which boasts of rich history in the country.

"It is a memorable day for me because today I am immensely proud to be associated with the national sport of our country, hockey, by joining UP Wizards," he had said.


Sunil Gavaskar's PMG

In 1985, the legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar founded the Professional Management Group (PMG),  India's first sports marketing and management agency.



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