ISL-Cricketers who own ISL Teams: The Hero Indian Super League (ISL) has not just provided the Indian Football players with a great platform to showcase their talent and grow themselves as a player, it has got a glamour quotient to the game of football in India, a country that rarely looked beyond cricket when it comes to sports. Interestingly, a lot of it has been down to a host of current and former cricketers getting involved in the league and making a major investment in the ISL.
The array of cricket stars attached to the ISL has given the league an added push. In this article, we take a look at the different celebrity cricket owners in the Hero Indian Super League who have had a helping hand in promoting the game of football in India:
1. Cricketers who own ISL Teams- Virat Kohli (FC Goa)
Indian team captain Virat Kohli co-owns the ISL franchise of FC Goa. Although he has a minority stake in FC Goa, Kohli is the face of the club and represents a team full of youthful talent. The franchise epitomises his youthful zest and endeavour and have given chances to many local players to prove themselves, with the example of Romeo Fernandes standing out.
Virat Kohli’s presence at the venue might be limited due to his cricket commitments, but having him as the owner could pull a lot more youthful fans who adore him as a cricketer and follow him as a brand.
2. Cricketers who own ISL Teams- Sachin Tendulkar (Kerala Blasters)
The God of Indian Cricket found his match in God’s own country, Kerala as the master blaster co-owns the Kerala Blasters. Having an owner like Sachin Tendulkar, for a franchise based in the football crazy state of Kerala has resulted in massive crowd turnouts for almost all the games in Kochi.
Sachin Tendulkar is a great inspiration for everyone and the club expressed great pride in having him attached to the club and the legend’s presence at home matches is always appreciated by the Blasters fans. However, in 2018, Sachin ended his tryst with the franchise selling off all his stakes after being involved for 4 years, ever since the inception of ISL.
3. Cricketers who own ISL Teams-MS Dhoni (Chennaiyin FC)
MS Dhoni can call Chennai his second home after he became the co-owner of Chennaiyin FC in the Hero Indian Super League. Dhoni has a great fan following in Chennai, thanks to him captaining the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL to some major glories in the past. With Chennai’s love for Dhoni evident, it was a smart move by Dhoni to opt for a stake in the Chennai club.
Dhoni has a long relation with football after he started out as a goalkeeper playing the beautiful game, before switching to a wicket-keeper’s role in cricket. He understands the game well too having played it and that’s an added advantage.
Abhishek Bachcan is another super owner in the Indian Super League and he owns a stake in Chennaiyin FC. Abhishek is almost like a fan in the stands and dedicatedly supports his team in every game. Bachchan, who is a fan of English Premier League Champions, Chelsea is a keen follower of the game.
4. Cricketers who own ISL Teams- Sourav Ganguly (ATK)
When the Kolkata franchise was announced, there was no better person than Sourav Ganguly to be part of the franchise as a co-owner. The forner Indian skipper is worshipped in that part of India and the football loving people of Kolkata have found yet another reason to follow Atletico de Kolkata.
The erstwhile Atletico de Kolkata were also owned by Spanish club Atletico Madrid and Dada’s understanding of the game helped the club found success in the flagship edition as they became the first ever winners of the Indian Super League.
Being a Bengali, football runs in Ganguly’s blood and having an owner who understands the game so well is an asset to the franchise. Ganguly is the obvious crowd puller in Kolkata and is one of the reasons behind packed houses in the Salt Lake stadium for virtually every game.