Zaheer: Can’t wait to make a comeback

Zaheer Khan is claiming to be progressing well towards full fitness and is eager to prove it by playing in the Ranji trophy soon. Recovering from an ankle surgery the pace spearhead is waiting to join forces with Dhoni’s men. Zaheer is aiming a comeback in the high profile series against Australia down under. India’s No. 1 pace bowler speaks exclusively to TIMES NOW, says he can’t wait to be back in the Indian side.

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Zaheer Khan launches fashion brand ‘Sher Singh’

At first, they look like replicas of Ralph Lauren polo T-shirts, which Delhites love to sport, but a closer look shows the difference.

Promising to be India’s latest design sensation and a treat for fashion followers, lifestyle brand Sher Singh launched its first collection of tees, trousers, polos, shirts, saris and tunics. The contemporary range of apparel for both men and women will be sold through its retailing website.

If Bollywood stars such as Dia Mirza and Neha Dhupia have ventured into different businesses besides their acting careers, it’s the Indian sports frat taking the same route. Cricketer Zaheer Khan, along with being the brand ambassador, is also part owner of the company. He was also involved in conceptualising the ‘cricket’ line of the brand’s clothing.

He said: “The brand symbolises stylish contemporary clothing with an excellent working team. The investment in the company comes from the mission of making Sher Singh the world’s first lifestyle brand from India.”

This is not the first time a cricketer has been associated with fashion. Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have walked the ramp as showstoppers while Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir are the face of fashion labels such as Fastrack and Beverly Hills Polo Club, among others.

Most of the clothing from this collection ranges from Rs 499-1,999; including their Team India polo and the stylish Nehru collared polos. The sporty T-shirt collection is designed in fun and vibrant hues ranging from deep blue to vibrant red to pale pinks with the quirky Sher Singh logo printed on them.

With India emerging as a hot spot for fashion on the global map, Sher Singh promises to present a stylish Indian brand to the global audiences.

Zaheer Khan invests in ‘Sher Singh’

New Delhi, Friday, Nov 11, 2011: Indian cricket star Zaheer Khan has become an investor in a new brand ‘Sher Singh’ launched by online retailer of apparel and fashion accessories Exclusively.in Inc. The bowler will also be the brand ambassador for the newly launched label that is eyeing USD 100 million (about Rs 500 crore) turnover globally in the next two years.

From the brand Sher Singh we are targetting sales of about USD 100 million in the next two years and for the group overall that includes business from Exclusively.in we are aiming for USD 200 million turnover in the next three years,” Exclusively.in Inc CEO and Co-Founder Sunjay Guleria said.

He, however, declined to share Khan’s investments.

When asked about it, Khan said: “(I own) Enough to be excited about.

The company today unveiled its first collection under the new label, Cricket by Sher Singh — for men and women and is focusing on markets like India, the US and the UK.

The Sher Singh range of lifestyle products for men and women include T-shirts, trousers, polos, shirts, dresses, saris and tunics.

About 60 per cent of the expected turnover is likely to come from India and remaining from other global markets,” Guleria said.

Going ahead, the firm is considering strategic partnerships with celebrities in the field of sports, music and films for brand promotion, like Khan.

Exclusively.in Inc has offices in New York City and New Delhi and has so far received funding of USD 20 million from a host of investors, including Accel Partners, Tiger Global Management and Helion Venture Partners.

The company is also supported by a number of investors and advisors including, Google India MD Rajan Anandan, Eros Entertainment Chairman Kishore Lulla and model and actress Sushma Reddy.

When asked if the company is looking for additional funds for expansion, Guleria said: “We are not looking for another funding round for the next two years.

He, however, did not share the company’s current sales.

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