From television personalities to politicians, from sports boards members to philanthropists, you will be surprised to see what role your favourite players and legends of the game have chosen from themselves in life after cricket.
When you hear "cricket" one of the names that first strike your mind is of Sachin Tendulkar. The popularity that Sachin has gained is never to be faded. Sachin himself also does not want that to happen. This is the reason behind his interest in an enviable career even after saying goodbye to cricket. He now owns two restaurants in a partnership named “Tendulkar’s” and the other is “Sachin”. Former is located in Coloba, while the latter is in Mulund, Mumbai.
Apart from restaurants, little master has a share in a Joint Venture with the Future Group and Manipal Group; regarding healthcare and fitness goods. Sports is in the blood of Sachin. He co-owns a franchise in Indian football league name Indian Super League (ISL). His team name in ISL is Kochi.
Further, he co-owns a franchise in India’s badminton league. His badminton team name is Bengaluru’s Blasters.
He has also launched his mobile application based on cricket known as “100MB - Sachin's Official App”. So, he is still busy like he used to be at the cricket field; isn’t he?
One of the legends of international cricket, Rahul Dravid was rightly named as “The wall”. The way he used to resist against the opposition was remarkable. Dravid left professional cricket career in 2012 where he was skipper of Rajasthan Royals. After saying goodbye to active cricket, he straight away joined GoSports Foundation back in 2014 as a board of advisors’ member.
Further, Rahul Dravid is currently coaching India’s Under-19 team. Under his mentorship, India lifted the U-19 Cricket World Cup in 2018.
Before giving a nod to BCCI as junior team’s head coach, he did numerous stint as commentator and expert on various TV channels. So, he is still Indian cricket in a graceful manner as ever.
With nickname “Boom Boom “Shahid Afridi is arguably the greatest entertainer world cricket has ever produced. His arrival from the dressing room to the pitch always created a dramatic scene. Either he had the bat in his hands or ball, his aura made his fans and viewers awestruck.
Afridi served Pakistan for two decades. However, he is playing league cricket, he almost has passed his twilight too. Shahid Afridi is now working for his charity organization named “Shahid Afridi Foundation”. Apart from social work, he has his clothing brand named “Hope Not Out”. Further, he owns a restaurant in Lahore with the brand name “Splice”. So, Afridi is also enjoying an illustrious career even after leaving international cricket.
One of the most successful all-rounders of world cricket, Flintoff served England for a good period. He was one of the genuine all-rounders and reckon as the best after Sir Ian Botham. Freddie Flintoff’s performances were clinical during Ashes 2005 where England regained the Ashes at home.
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Flintoff also participated in one edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) for Chennai Super Kings. After retiring from professional cricket, he adopted the most astonishing career. He went on to become a professional boxer. Flintoff, 6’4, put an end to all circumspections regarding his career choice by defeating USA’s Richard Dawson on his professional boxing debut. Do you think cricket and boxing have any match? Certainly, we don’t think so.
Known as the greatest all-rounders of his era alongside Kapil Dev, Sir Richard Hadlee, and Ian Botham, Imran was a phenomenon. The way he carried himself from 1975 till 1992 was simply amazing. He achieved almost everything, one can only dream of. According to ICC Ranking of that time, he was among the top 10 bowlers and all-rounders. Under his captaincy, Pakistan won the only 50-over World Cup title alongside Test series victory in India and England in the 90s.
However, after retiring in 1992, he became an internationally acclaimed philanthropist. In the year 1996, Imran inaugurated Asia’s first cancer hospital named after his late mother Shaukat Khanum. In Shaukat Khanum Hospital, 50% of the patients are getting treatment free-of-cost. After building the hospital, he went on to build Namal University. The university is accreditated with Brandford University, UK.
Further, Imran Khan founded a welfare organization named “Imran Khan Foundation”. After making his name in philanthropy, he founded his political party in 1996 with the name “Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf” (Pakistan movement for justice). After struggling for 21 years, he currently is the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Undoubtedly, Imran chose a profession which very few cricketers adopt post-retirement.
There are so many other ex-cricketers who chose either coaching or commentary as a full-time job after quitting their cricketing careers. However, the above-mentioned legends are prominent and they chose prominent professions too after retirement.