By Srijony Das Last Updated:
Indians are fond of cricket and there are no second thoughts to it. From hanging on to the nostalgia of former cricketing legends to keeping abreast of the information of the newer sportsmen, fans are always ready to outpour their love for them. However, do you know that apart from stunning their fans on the pitch, these cricketers have also stepped up into business ventures? Well, we indeed are speaking of some of the popular Indian cricketers who have opened up their own restaurants and are running them superbly. Well then, let's have a look at them.
The current captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli is the proud owner of two restaurant chains, One 8 Commune and Nueva. Speaking about the former, One 8 Commune was a venture started by Virat in 2017, and has outlets in multiple places in Delhi as well as in Mumbai. It serves Continental, Mediterranean and Asian cuisines. Nueva, on the other hand, is located in Delhi itself and specialises in South American delicacies as well as a curated Vegan menu.
Located in Pune, Zaheer Khan’s fine dining restaurant, Dine Fine offers an assortment of multi-cuisine menus served over lavishly spaced ambient seating. Launched in 2005, the restaurant has a reputation over decades and has been loved by the guests completely. A few years later, the restaurant also inaugurated a sports bar setup along with its fine dining ambience.
Former cricketer and legendary batsman, Kapil Dev runs his own restaurant by the name of Elevens in Patna. Entirely cricket-themed, the place is thronged by a massive amount of people for its ownership fame. It boasts perfect seating options that are suitable for families, couples and friends. It serves cuisines like Indian, Pan Asian and Continental.
Ravindra Jadeja owned his restaurant, Jaddu’s Food Field in the colourful city of Gujarat, which also happens to be his hometown. Located precisely in Rajkot, the restaurant has been deemed to be one of the most popular and busy hangout spots in the city. It has an impressive menu spanning across Indian, Thai, Chinese, Mexican and Italian cuisines.
God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar opened quite a few branches of his restaurant, Tendulkar’s across a few spots in Mumbai. It recently extended its outlets in two spots in Bangalore. The place offers a wide variety of multi-cuisine delicacies, and is a much-loved space for the fans of the master-blaster.
Prince of Kolkata, Sourav Ganguly has a restaurant in his name established in his hometown, Kolkata. The cricketer had manifested the idea of creating an adda place along with good food for people to enjoy. And thus, Sourav’s in the heart of the city has been one of the most popular food joints. Along with finger-licking fast food, it also serves Indian and Chinese cuisines.
Captain of the IPL Team, Punjab Kings, Shikhar Dhawan owns a restaurant in Dubai by the name of The Flying Catch. It was launched in 2023 as primarily a sports cafe. Its interesting name is an ode to the cricketer's historical catches in all the matches that he has ever played. The USP of his restaurant is to provide healthy and nutritious meals to its customers. Moreover, the place is a perfect ambience for the sports lovers, and is chosen by many people to have a good hangout time with their friends and family.
Captain Cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also one of the cricketers who have entred into the business arena and launched one of his own restaurants. In December 2022, Dhoni launched his own brand, Shaka Harry that promotes vegan alternatives to food. Moreover, it launched its first-ever outlet in Bangalore airport the same year. The eating joint has flocked in a lot of customers who are looking forward to try an alternative, vegan lifestyle.
One of the most-loved cricketers, Virendra Sehwag has been another name that has entered into the list of restuarant owners. The player owns a restaurant by his name, Sehwag's Favourites in Delhi. As the name suggests, it is a small eating joint that serves Sehwag's favourite dishes. Customers have responded good feedback for the place, as it also has an additional cricket nostalgia.
The newest entrant into the list of cricketers owning restaurants has to be that of Suresh Raina. In 2023, the cricketer launched his own restaurant in his name in the heart of the city of Amsterdam. Launching it overseas, the place offers a promising taste of Indian gastronomical delicacies to relish. The place is further adorned with amazing memorabilia, reflecting the cricketing and food legacy of India.
Which one of these restaurants owned by these cricketers is your favourite? Let us know.