Quite interesting actually — cricketers in India are a point of interest in the automotive world as well. The reason — they own and drive around some of the coolest, rather hottest cars around. The Indian Premier League, better known as IPL has picked up momentum and this year is the tournament's tenth anniversary.
Being a noticeable occasion, some of the coolest captains deserve a shout out, and their hot rides need a mention. Below is a list of some of the coolest IPL captains the tournament has seen and their cars.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
The ex-captain of Chennai Superkings is well known for maintaining his cool during the game and for his collection of automobiles. Dhoni has a line up of cars and motorcycles that range from a mere Enfield to a Confederate X132 Hellcat and even a Kawasaki Ninja H2.
But what interests us is Dhoni's GMC Sierra pickup. The V8-powered vehicle was a direct import, and the engine produces 397bhp and 1036nm of torque from a 6.6-litre diesel engine. The square front grille and the dual rear wheels are more than enough to turn heads.
The Master Blaster as he was known, is the brand ambassador for BMW. Apart from owning a BMW i8, Tendulkar also has other BMWs and even had a Ferrari gifted to him once. So what car from his lineup interest the world is his Nissan GT-R.
The Nissan GT-R is popularly known as the ‘Godzilla' or the ‘Supercar Killer' because its 3799cc twin turbocharged V6 engine can produce 565bhp and 637Nm of torque. The GT-R's ballistic acceleration earned the car the nicknames and the GT-R can accelerate from 0 – 100km/h in 2.7 seconds.
M S Dhoni's successor, Virat Kohli was closely associated with Audi, and true to the fact, Kohli has a collection of Audis. The one that catches the attention though, is the R8 V10 Plus.
The Audi R8 V10 Plus is the German carmaker's flagship performance car and comes powered by a 5.2-litre V10 engine producing 549bhp and 540Nm of torque. The Audi's engine comes paired to a 6-speed gearbox and power is sent to all four wheels.
Rohit Sharma shot into the limelight, and a part of his success story is the IPL. While he may not have a range of high-end cars like the other captains, the BMW M5 in his garage is nothing short of hot. The M series of cars have been synonymous with performance, and the M5 is no slouch compared to the other cars on the list.
The BMW M5 is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 that makes 553bhp and 680Nm of torque, with the help of a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. Mind you; the performance figures are from a proper 4-door saloon.
Virender Sehwag, the former cricketer, known for being a destructive batsman, one would expect him to have a fast, two-door sports car. Instead, Sehwag's choice of wheels is a well dressed Bentley Continental Flying Spur — surprised?
The Bentley Continental Flying Spur comes with a choice of either a 4.0-litre V8 engine that makes 500bhp and 660Nm of torque or with a 6.0-litre W12 engine that kicks out 616bhp and 800Nm of torque. Both models come with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and a permanent all-wheel-drive system.