In India, advertisements are a great source of brand promotions. By looking at the increasing craze for cricket, advertising agencies and cricketers got together. It is also entertaining for Cricket fans. Hence, it becomes a profit for brands. Cricketers show their acting skills in the advertisements, and fans get to see another side of the player. Here are Ten Indian Cricketers with their first advertisement features.
10. Mohammad Kaif
The former right-handed batsman played for India between 2000 and 2006. His first advertisement was for Pepsi. Sourav Ganguly and Zaheer Khan were also featured with him. In the ad, Sourav Ganguly asks both the cricketers, where the 'friendship' word is missing on the board. He finally finds the word with Zaheer. The advertisement ends with Pepsi 'Yeh Pyaas Hai Badi.'
9. Irfan Pathan
Irfan played for India from 2003 to 2012. He was a talented swing bowler. His first advertisement was for Tata Indicom. In the ad, Irfan tells Gaurav Gera, the new features of the Tata Indicom SIM card, but he refuses to believe them. At last, Irfan confirms that these are the new unbelievable features of the SIM. The advertisement ends with 'Bolo India JeeKholKe.'
8. Rahul Dravid
Dravid is also known as 'The Wall' of Indian cricket. He was a batsman full of patience. His first advertisement was for Pepsi. In the ad, two girls watch Rahul practicing cricket the whole night. They predict that Dravid will change his behavior after getting experience. But in the end, he says Pepsi keeps his head cool.
7. Virender Sehwag
Sehwag was an aggressive right-handed opening batsman. He played for India from 1999 to 2013. His first advertisement was for Reliance mobile. In the ad, Sehwag comes to the crease when his team needed six runs off two balls. He misses the first ball. In between the match, his mother calls him on his phone. His coach decides to give the mobile to him after the innings. But a child snatches the phone from him, and he runs towards Sehwag so that he can pick up the call. But Sehwag keeps up the confidence and hits a six off the next ball. At last, he receives the phone, and the advertisement ends with 'Kar lo Duniya Mutthi Mein.'
6. Yuvraj Singh
The six-hitter played for India from 2000 to 2017. He was one of the most destructive batsmen of Indian cricket. His first advertisement was for Parachute hair cream. It can be considered as Sreesanth's first advertisement too. In the ad, Yuvraj suggests Sreesanth happily the parachute hair cream after showering to reduce his dandruff problem. In the end, the cream shows a great result on Sreesanth’s hair and the advertisement ends with the line 'Healthy Baal Style Kamaal.'
5. Sachin Tendulkar
The God of cricket got his first advertisement offer when he was a minor. In the ad, Sachin agrees to play with some children on the street. A child gets him out on the very first ball by taking a diving catch. While catching, the child gets a cut on his elbow. Sachin applies a bandage on his elbow called 'Band-Aid.' The advertisement ends with the line 'Band-Aid Yaane First-aid.'
4. Suresh Raina
Raina was a middle-order left-handed batsman. He took retirement from international cricket in the year 2020. His first advertisement was for HP Racer engine oil. In the ad, a mechanic assures Raina that HP engine oil is trusted by every mechanic. The ad ends with a dialogue 'Har mechanic ka Bharosa.'
3. Shikhar Dhawan
Dhawan is a stylish left-handed opening batsman. Gabbar made his advertisement debut for FBB that is Fashion at Big Bazaar. In the ad, a boy enters his first day of college with Shikhar. It was a limited offer for FBB consumers to enter the first day of college with Shikhar. It was telecasted in the year 2016.
2. Rohit Sharma
Rohit is one of the most successful opening batsmen for India. His first advertisement was for a Nasivion nasal strip. In the ad, Rohit's coach says that he is next up for batting. But Rohit is not ready to bat because he has nasal congestion. His coach gives him the Nasivion nasal strip. It shows effect in just 25 seconds, and Rohit becomes able to bat again.
1. Virat Kohli
Virat is one of the best batsmen India ever had. He is also known for his acting skills over the years. He first featured in the advertisement for Munch chocolate bar. In the ad, Virat becomes a doppelganger, who is a Tamil guy with the cricketer Virat's face. He does not know how to play cricket. Later, with a cracking noise of Munch chocolate bar, he helps his team escape from a losing hat-trick. Then he is added to his team considered as a lucky charm. It was a hilarious advertisement with an ending dialogue, ' Mera crunch Mahaan.’