A cricketer’s journey is not always limited to the 22 yards as there is a life post-retirement. Some players have stayed connected to the game as coaches, commentators, but other players have either owned several businesses or invested in different ventures. Nowadays, cricketers tend to focus and occupy themselves in other ventures as well. They do not limit themselves just to the game. Let’s have a quick glimpse at some of the finest cricketers and their on-going ventures.
GLENN McGRATH (AUSTRALIA)
The legendary Australian pacer, Glenn McGrath, has been part of the Australian national team for 14 years. He was renowned as the quickest and the canniest bowler ever. McGrath retired from all the international formats post-2007 Cricket World Cup. His success was not only limited to what he did in the 22 yards, but his foundation has become Australia’s most respected and acknowledged organization. The McGrath Foundation is a breast cancer support and education charity in Australia. The foundation raises money to place Breast Care Nurses across Australia and increase awareness. Since the year 2005, the McGrath Foundation has positioned 143 Breast Cancer Nurses across Australia and has also supported more than 83,000 families.
BRETT LEE (AUSTRALIA)
Brett Lee, a speed demon who hailed from Australia, was one of the powerful weapons during the delightful days of the 2000s. A ball coming at a speed of 160kph was a dreadful sight for every batsman. The cult legend has picked up more than 700 wickets in all the three formats of the game. Lee announced his retirement in the year 2012. The pacer not only played a vital role in cricket but has several other philanthropic interests and businesses. He is the founder of a Foundation named Mewsic. It is a charity that provides music therapy to children suffering from cancer. The foundation aims to see that every child experiences and benefits from the power and joy of music. The foundation works as an integral tool in healing the physical, mental, and emotional wounds of marginalized children.
ANIL KUMBLE (INDIA)
Anil Kumble, the humble giant, was considered as the driving force of the Indian bowling attack for more than a decade. The Karnataka player was known for his commitment to the game. Kumble is the second bowler in the history of Test cricket after Jim Laker (England) to have achieved a perfect 10 in a match. The greatest spinners of all time made a comeback off the field with a sports technology start-up, Spektacom. The idea of Spektacom is to transform the sporting system completely. It is an ecosystem that engages the fans, coaches, professionals, and broadcasters through smart products and technologies. Spektacom’s products will outline a new paradigm for performance analysis and fan engagement.
CHRIS GAYLE (WEST INDIES)
The West Indies stunner, Chris Gayle, has never failed to make headlines on and off the field. The Jamaican is not only known for hitting maximum sixes on the crease but also on the brands he endorses and his business ventures. A few years back, Gayle turned into an investor and started investing in many ventures. He owns a sports bar named “Triple Century 333” in Jamaica. The explosive batsman was also interested in buying an ISL team and also stated that post-retirement, there are some interesting ventures that he wants to take up.
MAHELA JAYAWARDENE (SRI LANKA)
Mahela Jayewardene, the Sri-Lankan cricketer, was the perfect definition of elegance during his cricketing days. Mahela was a player with a different identity and class who was an excellent reader of the game. Mahela Jayewardene and Kumar Sangakkara, who were known to be partners on the field, are, however, business partners as well. Both the cricketers seem
to be bowled by food and flavor. They own a restaurant in Colombo called the Ministry of Crab. The finest cricketers of all time own the restaurant in their home country.
GARY KIRSTEN (SOUTH AFRICA)
Gary Kirsten is the former renowned South African player and the World cup winning coach of the Indian side. He is known to be one of those cricketers who has enjoyed an outstanding time as a player and post-retirement as well. Gary retired from cricket in 2004, and, post-retirement, he set up his cricket academy in Cape Town. The Gary Kirsten Cricket academy provides private cricket coaching for individual cricketers, teams, and coaches of various ages and experience levels. The academy is known to be one of the finest academies both locally and internationally.
SACHIN TENDULKAR (INDIA)
Sachin Tendulkar, the name continues to inspire many people all around the world to take up cricket as a sport. He is a cricketer, and a brand all rolled into one. He is known to have stretched himself beyond limits for the game. There is much more to the milestone man other than his outstanding performance on the field. The sporting legend has many entrepreneurial achievements as well, such as SRT Sports Management. The organization manages all commercial engagements and social initiatives involving the Cricket icon. He also owns an apparel brand named True Blue.
ZAHEER KHAN (INDIA)
The former Indian left-arm pacer, Zaheer Khan, is one of the prolific bowlers of his generation. He was the second most successful pace bowler behind Kapil Dev in test cricket. The pacer announced his retirement from international cricket in the year 2015. Zaheer was the brand ambassador of a popular clothing retail brand named Sher Khan, and also a co-owner of the brand. He owns a restaurant business called Zaheer Khan’s Dine Fine. After the success of his first venture, he started a sports lounge in Pune named TOSS. Zaheer is also the co-founder of Pro Sport Fitness & Service.