Cricketers earn money through various stuff varying from match fees, bat sponsorship, and mostly through endorsements.
Cricket is one of the most popular sports around the globe, and India has the most cricket followers as compared to any other nation in the world.
In India, a cricketer is considered no less than a big celebrity. Just because of their massive following, most of the brands’ tie-up with these cricketers to get their products endorsed.
Product endorsement is one of the most significant reasons why cricketers have such a huge net worth.
Let’s have a look at the 10 richest cricketers below:
10. Shane Watson ($35 Million or 265 crore Rs)
Shane Watson is one of the greatest Australian all-rounders. As an all-rounder, he helped his team win a lot of games for so many years.
Shane Watson no longer plays for the Australian Cricket Team but has been participating in a lot of T-20 leagues around the world lately, for which he’s been paid quite well.
Just like India, in Australia, too, cricket is a trendy sport. And Australia has won several titles in World Cricket, due to which, the brand value of these players has consistently increased.
Shane Watson, who’s currently a part of CSK (Chennai Super Kings) in IPL, has been a part of the Indian Premier League from the beginning, which indeed, has paid the cricketer quite handsomely. He was the most expensive player in IPL 2016 when RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) bought the all-rounder for a whopping $ 1.25 million (9.5 crores).
9. Virender Sehwag ($40 million or 300 crore Rs)
Virender Sehwag, the batsman who used to be a nightmare for many bowlers worldwide, gets 9th place in the list. The explosive opening batsman used to hit fours and sixes right from the beginning of the match. He holds a number of records in his name, including a double hundred in ODIs and two Triple Centuries in Test Cricket. After retiring from all the forms of the game, he’s now working as a commentator. His total net worth is around $40 million or 300 crore Rs. His most popular sponsorships include Hero-Honda, Boost, and Adidas.
The batsman also has a school named “Sehwag International School” located in Haryana, India.
8. Yuvraj Singh ($50 million or 378 crore Rs)
Yuvraj Singh, a name which no Indian Fan can ever forget because of his contributions in winning the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup and the 2001 ICC ODI World Cup. The left-handed batsman for hitting six sixes in an over against Stuart Broad in a T20 Internation match in 2007. He also won the ICC Man Of The Tournament in the 2007 World Cup for his significant contribution. Due to his popularity right from the beginning, when he started playing for India, he became a popular choice for a lot of brands. These brands include Pepsi, Reebok, Puma, LG, and Revital.
In 2014 IPL, RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) bought Yuvraj Singh for around $1.8 million (about 14 crore Rs). And in 2015 IPL, Delhi Daredevils bought the left-hander for $2.1 million or 16 Crore Rs.
7. Shane Warne ($52 million or 394 crore Rs)
Shane Warna is one of the best leg spinners that the world has ever seen. He’s the second most successful bowler worldwide. He has endorsed a lot of popular brands like Victoria Bitter, Pepsi, and McDonald’s. During the peak time of his career, he got a lot of popularity from his fans worldwide. That’s why many brands were happy to pay him a tremendous amount of money for endorsements. He’s currently working as a commentator for the ICC (International Cricket Council) and is now worth $52 million or 394 crore Rs.
6. Brian Lara ($60 million or 455 crore Rs)
Brian Lara, the only name in the cricket history, who’s scored 400 runs in a single innings in Internation Cricket. He’s been a legendary player for West Indies for many years. His contribution towards the Windies Cricket is a great inspiration for many youngsters. That’s why Brian Lara is quite a popular name in the West Indies and the cricketing world. Due to his Internation name and fame, he’s been a favorite for many famous brands.
He’s currently worth $60 million or 455 crore Rs.
5. Ricky Ponting ($65 million or 493 crore Rs)
Ricky Ponting is considered the greatest Australian Captain ever. He took Australia to such great heights, which is quite difficult for any captain to achieve. His significant sponsors include Kookaburra, Valvoline, and Rexona.
Due to his massive popularity in India, he even got brand endorsements in India from Indian companies as well as companies from abroad.
Recently, Ricky Ponting became the head coach of Delhi Capitals in IPL, for which he’s paid around $500,000 or 3.7 crore Rs.
4. Jacques Kallis ($70 million or 530 crore Rs)
Going by figures, Jacques Kallis is the most excellent all-rounder in the game of cricket that the world has ever seen. J Kallis is the only player in world cricket who has grabber 250 wickets and 10000 runs in both Test and ODI cricket. The South African cricketer’s career has been filled with records and achievements. And that’s why his total net worth exceeds $70 million or 530 crore Rs. His popular endorsements include Slazenger, Adidas, Oakley, and Castle Lager.
3. Virat Kohli ($95 million or 720 crore Rs)
Virat Kohli, the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team, is currently the best cricketer around the globe. He’s also considered the best ODI player of all-time. Not just in runs and cricket records, no one is even close to him when it comes to the number of brand endorsements.
His total net worth is around $95 million or 720 crore Rs, which is increasing tremendously every year. Audi, Puma, Hero, and Tissot are just a few examples of brands that he endorses.
Apart from endorsements, IPL franchise RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) spends around $2.25 million or 17 Crore Rs every year to retain their Captain.
2. MS Dhoni ($120 million or 900 crores Rs)
Former Indian Captain and one of the best finishers of all time, MS Dhoni has a net worth of around $120 million (900 crore Rs). MS Dhoni led the Indian Team during the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 ODI World Cup and the Champions Trophy 2013, and is considered the most successful captain of India.
Even after retiring from Test Cricket, Dhoni is still one of the favorites for many brands in India, which makes him one of the richest cricketers in the world.
Major sources for MS Dhoni are IPL, brand endorsements, and various other sources.
The former Indian Captain is fond of cars and bikes. MS has a big showroom in his house, constructed just for his bike collection. He was also one of those people in the country who owned a Hummer Car.
When India won the first T20 World Cup under MS Dhoni, the people of India showed a lot of love towards MS Dhoni, which made him quite popular during those days, which indeed helped him in increasing his brand value. His net worth multiplied when India won the 2011 World Cup under his captaincy.
His major endorsements include Pepsico, Reebok, Exide, TVS motors, and Titan Sonata, and the list goes on.
1. Sachin Tendulkar ($170 million or 1280 crores Rs)
By now, you’d have probably guessed who’s the richest cricketer in the world. He’s none other than Sachin Tendulkar. Yes, the God of Cricket is the wealthiest cricketer across the globe. Even after retiring from Cricket in 2013, Sachin Tendulkar is still the richest cricketer in the world. His 24-year long career in Cricket and his hard work earned him the fortune of $170 million.
Sachin holds some of the most significant records in World Cricket, a few of them include 100 Centuries, 200 Test Matches, and more than 34000 international runs.
When it comes to ruling the heart of millions of people in India, there’s no one even close to Sachin Tendulkar. He’s known as the “Master Blaster.”
Sachin Tendulkar is the brand ambassador of UNICEF, BMW, Luminous, GM Pens, Sony Ten, Smartron. These are just a few examples because the list is quite huge.
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