Cricket and Bollywood are probably two of the most talked-about topics in India. The famous personalities from both the fraternities enjoy a huge fan base in the country.
Needless to say that the Indian Premier League is considered to be the biggest cricketing carnival in the world and fans are absolutely crazy for the cash-rich league.
But how can we connect IPL to the film industry? Well, over the years, cricket and Bollywood have developed a special connection and it’s always fun to compare the celebrities from these two fields.
On that note, let’s take a look at the current IPL captains and their Bollywood equivalents.
Rohit Sharma – Salman Khan
Rohit Sharma is the most successful captain in the history of the Indian Premier League. He has led the Mumbai Indians to not just one but five prestigious titles in the cash-rich league.
Just like Hitman, Salman Khan is also one of the biggest superstars in the Indian film industry. Salman’s success in Bollywood is second to none.
Both Salman and Rohit have a huge fan following across the world.
MS Dhoni – Shah Rukh Khan
Apart from Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also rated as one of the best skippers in the Indian Premier League. Under his leadership, Chennai Super Kings have won three IPL titles so far (2010, 2011, and 2018).
Dhoni has been the backbone of the Chennai-based franchise since the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008. You just can’t imagine a CSK squad without the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman.
Similarly, Shah Rukh Khan is one of the most popular actors in Bollywood. He has been a consistent performer in the Hindi film industry and has given a lot of hit movies.
MS Dhoni and SRK have one more thing in common, they both have won the Padma Shri award.
Notably, Shah Rukh Khan is the co-owner of two-time IPL-winning franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders.
Virat Kohli – Aamir Khan
Despite not winning a single IPL tournament since 2008, Virat Kohli and his team Royal Challengers Bangalore enjoy a huge fandom across the world.
There is no doubt in saying that Kohli is one of the most versatile players in modern-day cricket. Be it opening the innings with a young player like Devdutt Padikkal or playing the role of an anchor, he has proven himself in every situation.
On the other hand, Aamir Khan is also one of the most versatile and high-profile actors in Indian cinema.
While Virat’s batting is an absolute treat to watch for the cricket fanatics, Aamir has also been entertaining the Bollywood fans with his impeccable acting skills for nearly three decades.
Kane Williamson – Akshay Kumar
The New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was appointed as the new captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad after the sacking of the Australian batsman David Warner during the now-postponed IPL 2021.
Williamson has been one of the consistent performers for SRH over the past few years in the cash-lucrative league.
The Kiwi batsman rarely let his side down, similar to Akshay Kumar who has been one of the top actors in Bollywood in the last 15-20 years.
Williamson is as versatile as Akshay Kumar and is always ready to perform for his team in any condition.
Rishabh Pant – Ranveer Singh
Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket. Owing to his impressive batting skills and fearless approach on the field, he was named the captain of Delhi Capitals for IPL 2021 after Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury.
Captaining his franchise for the first time in his career, Pant impressed everyone with his leadership skills.
Just like Pant, Ranveer Singh is also a youngster in his industry as compared to the other experienced ones. But Ranveer has successfully made a name for himself with his brilliant acting skills.
He is among the highest-paid actors in the Bollywood industry and even Rishabh Pant is also one of the most popular and well-paid Indian cricketers at the moment.
While Pant is known for his constant chatter behind the stumps, Ranveer is famous for his energetic performances in movies.
KL Rahul – Varun Dhawan
KL Rahul has carved a niche for himself in world cricket with his continuous efforts and hard work. He is one of the most consistent batsmen in the IPL and his career has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years.
Well, the same can be said for Varun Dhawan, who is quite talented and has the potential to become one of the biggest actors in Bollywood in near future.
Both Rahul and Varun have a huge fanbase on social media and are best known for their class and elegance.
Sanju Samson – Kartik Aryan
India wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson was appointed as the captain of Rajasthan Royals after the franchise parted ways with Australian stalwart Steve Smith ahead of the IPL 2021 auction.
Samson is one of the flamboyant players in cash-rich league. Leading the Rajasthan-based franchise from the front, the 26-year-old surprised many fans and cricketers with his captaincy in IPL 2021.
Even Kartik Aryan has won the hearts of many people in his short yet impressive career so far. Both Kartik and Sanju are the most talented people in their respective fields.
Another point of similarity between Sanju and Kartik is that both of them were born in the month of November.
Eoin Morgan – Ranbir Kapoor
Eoin Morgan is one of the finest cricketers of his generation. But when it comes to the Indian Premier League, the England batsman has failed to get going.
Many fans labelled Kolkata Knight Riders as the dark horses of 14th season, but a mixture of poor captaincy and the underwhelming performances of the players let the team down before IPL 2021 was suspended.
Similarly, Ranbir Kapoor also has plenty of talent but he has failed to establish himself as one of the greatest actors in the Indian film fraternity.
Morgan and Ranbir are considered to be underachievers in IPL and Bollywood respectively.