Aakash Chopra (born 19 September 1977) is an Indian cricket commentator and former cricketer who played for the Indian cricket team from late 2003 until late 2004 as a defensive opening batsman and close catcher in Test matches. An article by Aakash Chopra was featured in the 2012 book Rahul Dravid: Timeless Steel. An article by Aakash Chopra has also appeared in the book "Sachin Tendulkar : The man cricket loved back." (2014). He can be seen commentating in various international matches and IPL matches telecasted on Star Sports Network Channels like Star Sports-1,1 Hindi, 2, etc. giving Hindi Commentary. He is also a youtuber.His columns regularly appear in Mid-Day and on Cricinfo. He is currently with Star Sports, Sony and Sony Espn as a cricket commentator and analyst. He was also a commentator for the 7 network with its coverage of the 2018/19 Australia v India test series.
In 2009 Chopra released Beyond the Blues: A First-Class Season Like No Other, a diary of Chopra's 2007–08 domestic season. It was published by Harper Collins. It was critically acclaimed and Suresh Menon of Cricinfo wrote that it was "the best book written by an Indian Test cricketer". In November 2011, his second book was published by Harper Collins titled Out of the Blue, about Rajasthan's victory in the Ranji Trophy. He went on to write two more books—The Insider with Espn Cricinfo in 2015 and Numbers Do Lie with Impact Index in 2017. Harper Collins has published all his work thus far.
Samir is an electrical engineer and manages his well-established family business of Electrical, mechanical and civil tools trading. His intense passion for sports led him to run Sporty Beans, a sports academy for children up to 8 years of age. He is into multi- purpose turf installation as well. He is a club level cricket player and loves the technical and analytic part of the game.
A deep-rooted love for cricket is at the heart of Z-Bat. The brand is a part of the company, Shah Sports Academy Pvt Ltd. Besides being passionate cricket players, both Harshal and Samir are certified bat experts. They have obtained this certification from Australia.
A Masters Graduate in Commerce from University of Mumbai, Harshal is passionate about business. Since the past 15 years he has been running three successful brands. This cricket enthusiast is a club level player. The executive aspects of the business is what really sets him ticking!
G Ramachandran (GR)
Mentor and Co-founder
A mentor capitalist with impeccable entrepreneurial spirit and financial expertise has evolved beyond spreadsheets and scripted new success stories from new economy start ups like Golds Gym ,Tower Capital, Image ads ,Karrox, Eye Global Technologies ltd,Safe House,Serena spa ,and Has Juices and Idezzerts.A perpetual quest to explore new horizons of a fast changing global scenario made GR ( as he is popularly known) to go through a metamorphosis and turn in to a mentor capitalist. At GOLD'S GYM GR was spearheading the global fitness leader with his new vision and fiscal stratagem and recently divested his stake and exited after making it a leader in the fitness industry
Recently being sector agnostic GR has been successful in launching new brands in the retail food like HAS JUICES and Be Conscious
Another addition was mentoring At Kareitsu Angel Forum - a start up accelerator and one of its kind in the country set associated with all IITs and IIMs to promote incubation seed funding ,coaching and mentoring .
A notable success for GR has been the exit in unlisted space having successfully divested in Karrox technologies,Safehouse Information Systems ,Tower Capital ,Serena Spa, Image Ads ,LMI and Isprava luxury homes and GOLDS GYM creating multi baggers in the process GR has had an amazing ability to start ,scale and sell or divest unlisted entities having 7 multibaggers in the last fifteen years - an impressive consistent track record n his past avatar G.R. is a qualified Chartered Accountant (C.A.) and has done his articleship from Price Waterhouse Coopers post graduation in BSc (Physics) Hons.from Hansraj College - University of Delhi.
Having a total experience of 38 years with over 20 years experience in Investment Banking, Consulting, Business Process and Organizational Development and 18 years as a start up specialist .GR has had an incredible track record with Ernst & Young, JM Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Reliance Capital & The Times of India Group to name a few.
Recently GR was given the BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AWARD by FRANCHISE INDIA for franchising and start ups in recognition of the success stories created in the last decade .
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