Sachin Tendulkar, the master craftsman of batting skills, has completed a rare hat-trick as an entrepreneur. Sachin with his latest interest Pro Kabaddi League becomes a stake-holder in three sports leagues franchisees in India. Sports remain the way of life for the master blaster, who retired from the international cricket on November 16, 2013, leaving millions of fans in tears. On a cricket pitch, the bat was his extension but on the pitch of life, Tendulkar is not limited to his bat and cricket. Tendulkar’s transition from being a sports icon to a sports entrepreneur is expanding. The little master now becomes a co-owner for one of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) teams.
Sachin with N Prasad has formed a consortium Inquest Enterprises Private Limited to acquire the Chennai franchisee of ISL. He isn’t new to entrepreneurship. He continued to stay in the game through investments in Kerala Blasters, the Indian Super League franchise.
Barely four months after his retirement, Sachin was named as the co-owner of the ISL Kochi franchise Kerala Blasters, along with PVP Ventures, for the Indian Super League. At that time, he was a 40% stakeholder but then later on he increased his stakes to 60%. He has been actively involved with the team for its on-ground and as well as off-ground activities.
Meanwhile, several other Tollywood stars including Chiranjeevi joined the Kochi franchise along with Sachin. The same consortium then went on to venture into the world of Badminton. Sachin along with his consortium became the owner of Premier Badminton League franchise Bengaluru Blasters.
There is no stopping to Sachin, whether it is his batting on ground or his masterstrokes as an entrepreneur. He is not only into sports and also owns stakes in various companies. He has a 7.5% stake in the travel portal, Musafir. He holds 18% equity stake in sports simulation venture- Smaaash Entertainment, owns 26% stake in the celebrity merchandise and brand extension firm, Universal Collectabilia. He is also the stakeholder in the Future Group-Manipal Group joint venture. They have a variety of products in the health supplement, sports goods, fitness equipment and lifestyle accessories categories. under the brand names S Drive and Sach.
Recently Sachin made his first investment in technology. He has launched an app, called 100 MB, which is dedicated to him. He also invested in mobile manufacturing firm, Smartron, for which he is also a brand ambassador and recently launched a phone with his own name.