Smriti Mandhana to Virat Kohli: Business Investments by Indian Cricketers

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Smriti Mandhana, vice-captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, has invested an undisclosed amount in an Ayurvedic company based in Gurugram. Mandhana, who is ninth in the ICC Women’s ODI rankings, will also serve as Neem Ayu’s brand ambassador.

According to a report by the Economic Times, Mandhana invested in the company because of “immediate confidence” and belief in Ayurveda. She is expected to help the company with its “digital first” strategy.

Mandhana joins a list of Indian cricketers who have business investments and she would be the first Indian female cricketer to do so. Here is a list of them.


Dev Kapil

The former captain, who led the country to its first World Cup victory in 1983, was among the first cricketers to become an investor. He launched SloPho, a mobile app that lets people play games and take part in contests, polls and quizzes. He was also the angel investor of PeopleEasy.com, an online grocery portal.

In 2005, he took a 5% stake in Zicom Electronics. Later, in 2015, he took an undisclosed stake in Samco Ventures.


MS Dhoni

Dhoni, another former India captain who led the country to its second World Cup victory in 2011, has also invested in several brands. In 2012, he launched a brand called SportsFit to provide diet plans and fitness solutions.


Sachin Tendulkar

In 2016, the cricketing legend invested in an Internet of Things (IoT) company, Smartron India. He is also the brand ambassador of the company. He also owns a 7.5% stake in Musafir, S Drive and Universal Collectabilia, according to Inc42.


Virat Kohli

Kohli has been an active investor since the age of 25. The latest addition to its long list of investments is Rage Coffee. He has also invested in companies such as Galactus Funware Technology Pvt Ltd (owner of Mobile Premier League), Digit Insurance and Blue Tribe among others.

He also owns his own clothing brand Wrogn and a chain of restaurants by the name of One8 Commune.


Robin Uthappa

Uthappa has invested in an online tiffin service, iTiffin. He invested an undisclosed amount in HealthEminds, a health care start-up based in Bangalore. He has an investment fund called Caffeine Ventures.

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