The IPL 2021 auctions are here, India’s annual cricket extravaganza and it’s high time we get back into the game.
Cricket isn’t just a sport in India; it’s a way of life, more so, a religion to some. And cricketers in this country are nothing short of being called global icons. Apart from plush timepieces and million-dollar mansions, these cricketing celebrities spend big on wheels too. And even though they may come from humble beginnings, their garages are jam-packed with international appeal.
As they get back to the game with the IPL 2021, we’re taking a look back at some of the most luxurious and notorious whips owned by Indian cricketers.
Top Indian cricketers in the IPL 2021 & their car collections –
Virat Kohli – Audi R8
Virat’s bringing his A-game to the IPL 20211. His game his as fierce as his taste in cars. A couple of years ago, Kohli brought home this stunning Audi R8. We can’t tell if this was a purchase or a gift as a brand ambassador. There are rumours that Virat has two R8s, which is much faster than the first. Under the hood, sits a thunderous V10 offer more than 600-horsepower. Virat also owns a Range Rover, a Bentley and many more Audis.
The Audi R8 costs Rs 2.72 crore onwards in India.
MS Dhoni – Hummer H2
Captain cool is already on winning strife this season after his first game on Saturday. It’s a known fact that Dhoni is a true motorhead and it’s been a passion for him even before he achieved fame. With a fleet of bikes, vintage and modern icons, Dhoni has one particular juggernaut he’s most proud of – His Hummer H2. As an ex-US military vehicle, this vehicle is built to be a brute and establish command wherever it goes. It produces 393-horsepower with its V8.
The Hummer H2 is priced at Rs 75 lakh onwards in India.
KL Rahul – Mercedes C43 AMG
Indian wicket-keeper and sneakerhead, KL Rahul has many feathers in his cap. One of which is his fleet of cars. The one under the spotlight today is a Mercedes C43 AMG, a breed responsible for bridging their German on-road suave to the ferocity of their track division. While KL is a true style icon, he ensures his cars make a powerful statement too. It packs a V6 bi-turbo that produces 385-horsepower and reaches 250-km/hour.
The Mercedes C43 AMG priced at Rs 75 lakh onwards in India.
Shikhar Dhawan – Mercedes GL 350 CDI
The “Gabbar” of Delhi Capitals, Shikhar Dhawan has always been a man of effortless style, and his ride keeps up with him. He owns a GL 350 CDI, a big-boy Mercedes. Even as a pure luxury SUV, it produces 286-horsepower and is a marque of both, torque and style. Under the hood, it uses a V6, 3-litre turbocharged diesel engine and comes with an advanced 7G-Tronic automatic transmission gearbox. The SUV can speed up to 220-km/hour.
The Mercedes GL 350 CDI is priced at Rs 77 lakh onwards.
Hardik Pandya – Lamborghini Huracan Evo
Being one of India’s most decorated sportsmen, Hardik Pandya is a real force to be reckoned with in international cricket today. Over the last couple of years, he’s made headlines for some heavy-duty luxury purchases, one of which was a Lamborghini Huracan Evo. Launched in 2019 in India and a true marque of Italian luxury and sport, the car produces 632-horsepower with its 5.2-litre V10 and can max out at 202-mph.
The Lamborghini Huracan is priced at Rs 3.22 crore onwards in India.
Dinesh Karthik – Porsche 911 Turbo
Karthik is a true veteran at the sport but still makes his mark whenever he’s on the pitch. The batsman, wicket-keeper, and captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders cruises in a super-slick Porsche 911 Turbo. The ‘Turbo’ is a badge for the extra punch of torque that comes with the 911’s timeless suave. Once you pop the hood, you’ll find a six-cylinder mildly-hybrid guzzler that churns out 478-kW/650-horsepower and does 0-100 in 2.7 seconds. That’s wicked fast.
The Porsche 911 Turbo S is priced at Rs Rs 3.08 crore.
Rohit Sharma – BMW X3
As the defending champ at the IPL 2020, Rohit Sharma has a lot of proving this year. He was recently nominated by the BCCI for the Khel Ratna Award 2020 and was postered as Oakley India’s brand ambassador. In terms of his rides, he owns two Beemers, an M5, and an X3. While the M5 has gotten massive acclaim, the X3 is no slouch either. As a luxe SUV, its turbocharged Diesel E engine produces 187-horsepower, which is efficient for a city cruiser and a tourer as well.
The BMW X3 is priced at Rs 60 lakh onwards in India.