Virat Kohli has been a run machine on the field and has become one of India's greatest match winners across formats. The Indian Test team captain is hitting all the right chords when it comes to playing the game and there is no denying the fact that he is one the best batsmen in the world right now.
Apart from earning all the accolades on the field, Kohli has made sure that his retirement plans are well intact. The brash young boy has transformed into a responsible captain and his investments in several business enterprises off the field speak volumes about his maturity.
As he turns 28, we take a look at 5 of his top business ventures.
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#5 Sports Convo
Sport Convo' is a London-based tech start-up and it became Kohli's second business venture. It is primarily a place where sports fans of different sports can meet and discuss their favourite sports and players.
This venture also got the support of Real Madrid's superstar and Welshman Gareth Bale.
Kohli took to Twitter to make this announcement.
"I've just had an interesting convo. Namaste it's a pleasure to be backing Sports Convo. Looking forward to having a convo with you all soon".
Gareth Bale too claimed that he was a big fan of the Indian Test skipper and that he is excited to be a part of this venture.
The youth fashion platform was founded by Anjana Reddy, Universal Sportsbiz Pvt Ltd. It is known for its unique advertisement and marketing strategies which have made the youth interested in the brand.
Kohli who is known for his style quotient took the market by storm with this association. Wrogn is primarily a platform for graphic T-shirts, band collar shirts and lightweight denim jackets, worn with cuffed chinos and jeans.
The Indian test skipper who was thrilled with this new venture said, "This campaign is very close to my heart. As a sportsperson, I know how important it is to win the fight within you. Wrogn has taken that thought and showcased it brilliantly with some stunning images. Keep pushing against your own limits, keep fighting, stay Wrogn."
#3 Chisel Gyms
There are few players who are as fit and athletic as Virat Kohli and the Indian captain epitomises insane fitness.
As a part of his fitness drive Kohli launched Chisel, which is a chain of gym and fitness centres. He started this in association with Franchise India.
Recently, the fitness start-up introduced technology-enabled workout routines, which is aimed at targeting young information technology workers. This is a part of its plans to expand its network of fitness centres all across the country.
The Bengaluru-based start-up is now targeting 100 centres all across India by the year 2018. There are also plans in place to introduce 'gamified' fitness routines.
#2 UAE Royals
The Indian Test captain jumped on to the ITPL bandwagon when he became the co-owner of the franchise UAE Royals in 2015.
He joined Neelesh Bhatnagar and Sachin Gadoya- in ownership of the Royals. The franchise availed the services of 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.
"I am a huge fan of Federer and with him joining the Royals, my decision to be on board with the team was firm. The Royals feature some of tennis' greatest players and I am confident about the prospects of the team in the IPTL," Kohli said.
The then director if the Indian Cricket Team Ravi Shastri was roped in as the mentor-cum-advisor of the team.
#1 FC Goa
Virat Kohli's first investment came at the age of 25 when he became the co-owner of ISL team FC Goa.
Sources familiar with the subject estimated Kohli’s investment in the franchise at under Rs 1 crore a year owning less than 25 per cent stake.
“Some might think I am pretty young to do something like this or it is a step taken too early but nothing is never too early. If you believe in something, you have to put your 100 per cent commitment to it and I decided to do it because I want football to grow in India,” Kohli said.
“I just decided to come on board with FC Goa more with the keenness I have for football. It is also a business venture that I am looking at for the future. Cricket is not going to last forever so, whenever I am done, whenever I retire, I am keeping all my options open. It is something that excited me a lot and I tried to go ahead with it,” he added.