Cricket is one of the most popular sports across the world. There is a huge fandom for cricketers and the buzz of their income is also something that interests fans. Are you a cricket fan? Well, we hope that’s what made you land on to this webpage!
So, how much do you know about your favorite cricketers? Do you know who is the richest cricketer in the world? Check out if your favorite cricketer has made to the list of the 10 richest cricketers of the world.
It is the antics of a cricketer that influences the audience and fans the most. Players are rewarded with financial incentives for their outstanding performances alongside the fixed salary or say their fixed paycheque.
With their rising popularity, cricketers are sought for turning into brand ambassadors or endorse a particular sports brand or relevant product or services. All these things contribute to their net worth and help decide who is the richest of them all.
Interested to know who sits at the first spot? Read on!
Richest Cricketer in the World
1. Sachin Tendulkar
To top the list is the Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar! With a massive $170million as his net worth, Tendulkar is the richest cricketer in the world according to the report. Called “God of Cricket”, Sachin Tendulkar is still considered as the best batsmen ever played in the International Cricket. With over 34,000 runs by his name, Sachin is the only cricketer hitting 100 centuries in International cricket. He has plenty of records by his name and has marked his name in the history of Indian Cricket.
Sachin owns a property of around 520 crores INR and has endorsed hundreds of International brands like Britannia, Canon, Boost, Castrol, VISA, Phillips, Adidas, Pepsi, BMW, Coca-Cola, and many more. He was the first cricketer to sign a 100-crore (INR) deal by becoming the brand ambassador of MRF in the year 2001. Tendulkar was a brand himself in the late 1990s. He has supported BCCI to clear all the debts and become the world’s richest cricketing board. Currently, he is the head coach of 4-time IPL Champions, Mumbai Indians.
2. MS Dhoni
With a whopping net worth of $111 million, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a.k.a. Mahi is in the second position on our list of richest cricketers in the world. The former Indian Skipper is not just an inspiration to the 1.33 billion Indians, but also a great reason behind a lot of people watching cricket. He is an international icon and the only captain to have bagged all the 3 ICC Tournaments for India by his name.
Undoubtedly, he deserves a spot on the top 10 richest cricketers in the world. He earns over $30million from his brand endorsements. Mahi has endorsed almost all the top brands you might know about. Some of his endorsements have been for brands like Snickers, Reebok, Gulf Oil, TVS Motors, Lays, RedBus, Amrapali, Colgate, McDowell’s. Sony Bravia, Orient, GoDaddy among others.
For almost 7-8 years, Dhoni was the brand ambassador of Reebok, one of the leading Sportswear manufacturing companies in the world. Dhoni has invested in the Chennaiyin FC, an ISL’s football team and also owns a fashion brand named, “Se7en”. Currently, Dhoni is the captain of Chennai Super Kings in IPL and serving a contract of 15 crores INR per year.
3. Virat Kohli
The only cricketer of the world listed in the Forbes’ 100 highest-paid Athletes is Virat Kohli. Ranked 83 on the list of Forbes, Kohli’s net worth is around $92milion and that places him on the third position of our list of richest cricketers in the world.
Today, Kohli is ranked as the best batsmen in international cricket. To date, Virat, the Indian Skipper has scored over 10,000 runs in his ODI career having an incredible average of 59.5. He is not just a national icon but a complete brand in himself. Today, Kohli is seen in almost every alternate advertisement on the Television!
His recent endorsement is with the MRF. He has signed the brand ad extended the bat sponsorship contract for the next 8 years for an amount of $15million. He also became the highest-paid cricketer in the IPL as he extended the 17 crores INR contract with RCB in the year 2018.
Not many know, but Kohli charges around $1million for one-day shoots. Hos endorsements get him more than $20 million, which is only to increase by the end of 2020. The outstanding right-handed Indian batsman hails from Delhi and have endorsed several International brands like Google, Valvoline, Pepsi, Colgate, Hero Moto Corp, Manyavar, Too Yumm, Tissot and more.
In the year 2015, Kohli signed a contract with Audi-Indian worth 5 crores INR. In 2018, he became the brand ambassador of Uber, a worldwide popular transportation company. Virat Kohli owns the ISL’s football team of FC Goa. The Indian Captain even owns his own fashion brand – Wrogn and One8 (in partnership with Puma).
4. Jacques Kallis
Next is Jacques Kallis with a net worth of $70million. The former cricketer of South Africa was an all-rounder, counted as the best ones who played International cricket. He is currently the head coach of KKR in the Indian Premier League. The South African cricketer has scored 25,534 runs and picked 577 wickets in his career of 519 International appearances. In 2014, Kallis coached the KKR to become champions of the league.
He has also been a part of Sydney Thunders in the Big Bash League franchise. He was the brand ambassador of Advanced Hair Studio India in the year 2017.
5. Ricky Ponting
Who doesn’t know the name of Australia’s greatest ever captain, Ricky Ponting? He was the captain for the three World Cup-winning Australian teams in the years 1999, 2003 and 2007. He has a net worth of $65million and is still known as one of the finest cricketers who has ever played international cricket. Scoring over 27,000 runs in his 560 International appearances throughout the cricket career, Ponting is the second cricketer across the world to lead a team as a captain for three consecutive World Cups.
Although he has been a part of a lot of controversies, he is a national icon in Australia. Ricky has been a great asset to several advertisers during the 90s and 2000s. He has endorsed several brands like Adidas, Rexona, Valvoline, Pura Milk and more. He was also the brand ambassador of Kookaburra, a cricket bat company. He got a salary of $1million from the Australian Cricket Board and bagged around $4million in a year from advertisements.
It was because of his popularity and outshining cricket career that Ricky Ponting is a popular commentator on Channel 9. At present, he is the head coach of the Delhi Capitals in the IPL. His team stood third in the last IPL season in 2019.
6. Brian Lara
Brain Lara is the next name on the list of the richest cricketer in the world with a net worth of $60million. Today Brain Lara is a brand in himself and has pulled out West Indies Cricket Board of the debt. He is one of the best batsmen in International cricket the world has ever seen. The world-famous West Indies Cricketer has got 21,000 runs by his name in around 430 internationals he has played.
He has the record of scoring 400 runs in a test match innings by his name. His top-class batting has not just got him fans from the Caribbean Islands, but from all across the world. The legendary former WI captain has played a crucial role in uplifting the west Indies Cricket Board’s economy. It was only possible because he could attract a lot of sponsors through his rising popularity and outstanding batting performance.
Talking about his endorsements, Lara was the brand ambassador of MRF, the Indian tyre company and helped it attain global popularity. After his retirement from international and domestic cricket, Brian played Professional Golf and bagged trophies of several International Golf competitions too.
7. Shane Warne
Another legendary cricketer of Australia to find a place in the list of the richest cricketer in the world is Shane Warne with a net worth of $50 million. He was a popular and outstanding leg-spinner of the Australian national Cricket team. With more than 1000 international wickets under his collar, Shane Warne is the second-best bowler in International cricket. He is a star for his Australian fans and not just in Australia, he has several fans in India and other countries too.
Warnie, as his fans refer him to, was also the captain of Rajasthan Royal, the winners of the maiden IPL season in 2008. In 2011, Warne retired from IPL and now is the head coach of the Rajasthan Royals. He has endorsed many brands like Pepsi, Victoria Bitter, McDonald’s and others. After his retirement, Warne has been an active commentator. He is known for his brutally honest comments on the cricketers of today’s era.
8. Virender Sehwag
With a net worth of $40million, Virender Sehwag a.k.a. Viru is next on our list of top 10 richest cricketers in the world. He is a popular face in social media with huge 4million followers on Twitter. Sehwag has made 374 International appearances and scored 17,253 runs in his cricket career. He is known for his chill and fun attitude on and off the field. In his 8 years long IPL career, Viru has represented Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils.
At present, the former Indian cricketer is a commentator for Star India. He has been a brand ambassador of Hero Honda for years. Sehwag has also endorsed several International brands like Samsung, Boost, Adidas and more. Not many know, but Virender Sehwag also runs an International school in Haryana. Also famous as ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ is an entertaining and popular personality in India.
9. Shane Watson
The next is the handsome all-rounder from Australia, Shane Watson. Currently, he plays for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has a net worth of $35 million. He was among the best Australian cricketers but had to retire back in 2016 due to his multiple injuries. However, he still plays some T20 matches.
Watson was an outstanding all-rounder who has made around 307 appearances Internationally and scored 10950 runs. Talking about his bowling talent, he has picked almost 281 wickets for Australia. For his amazing all-rounder abilities, Shane has been picked for several T20 leagues. Back in 2016, he was the highest-paid cricketer in IPL when RCB bought him for 9.5 crores INR per year and booked him for two years. Watson has played with Sydney Thunders in the Australian Big Bash League and has also been a part of CPL (West Indies), PPL (Pakistan) and BPL (Bangladesh).
10. Yuvraj Singh
The last on the list of the richest cricketers in the world is the Ex-cricketer from India, Yuvraj Singh. With a net worth of $35million, Yuvraj Singh has got his own fashion brand, named “YWC launched in 2017. Also famous as ‘Yuvi’ and “Punjab da Puttar” in India, Yuvraj has represented India in almost 402 matches and has scored around 11,868 rubs. In the T20 World Cup and ICC World Cup 2011, Yuvi won the ‘Man of the Tournament’ trophy.
The cricketer is a popular public figure in the country and has endorsed for various sports and big brands like Reebok, Puma, LG, Xbox, Pepsi and Revital. He was declared as the highest-paid cricketer in two consecutive IPL seasons, 2014 and 2015. In 2015, Delhi Daredevils bought the incredible player for a whopping amount of 15 crores INR.
Not just this, after overcoming deadly cancer, he founded a charitable foundation named, “YouWeCan” for creating cancer awareness. It was equally heartbreaking and shocking for his fans when he retired from international cricket in the year 2019.
Cricket is among the most favorite and popular sports in the world. And, that makes the cricketers also popular public figures across their respective nations and around the globe. If you are a cricket fan, you must be knowing a lot about your favorite batsmen and bowler, but do you have the idea about their net worth. We hope you found the names of your favorite cricket stars on our list of the richest cricketer of the world.