After football, cricket is the most popular game all across the world. The main reason for its popularity is its massive following in the Indian sub-continent. A lot of cricketing stars have become national icons and hence successful companies have made the best use of their fame for a positive brand image. Cricket has become a commercial entity today. But its major part of commercialization came after the commencement of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008. The two most popular industries of India – Bollywood and Cricket, joined hands to make this a huge success all across the world. IPL teams have to invest loads of money on their players in the auctions. Hence, a lot of cricketers end up living a lavish lifestyle along with the fame they receive. Let us have a look at the top 10+ richest cricketers in the world
10. Yuvraj Singh Net Worth : $35 Million (₹245 Crore)
Number 10 on this list is India’s very own “Punjab da Puttar” Yuvraj Singh. Yuvi has represented the Indian cricket team in 402 matches and has scored 11,868 runs. He was “man of the Tournament” in T20 World Cup 2007 and ICC World Cup 2011. Yuvraj is a popular figure in India and has endorsed for brands like Puma, LG, Reebok, Xbox, Revital and Pepsi. He was the highest paid cricketer in IPL for consecutive seasons of 2014 and 2015. He was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for a huge amount of ₹16 crores in 2015. Yuvi also runs his own charitable foundation called “YouWeCan” for creating cancer awareness. In 2017, Yuvraj inaugurated his own fashion label by the name ‘YWC’ which gained a lot of positive response.
9. Shane Watson Net Worth : $40 Million (₹275 Crore)
Next is Australia’s dashing All-rounder Shane Watson. Watson has made 307 international appearances and has scored 10950 runs. He has also picked 281 wickets for Australia. His brilliant all-round abilities have helped in getting picked up for majority of the T20 leagues in the world.
He was the costliest player in IPL 2016 as RCB bought him for a 2-year contract of ₹9.5 crores/year. Watson retired from international cricket in 2016 but he still continues to play a lot of T20 leagues.
Watto has played in the Australian Big Bash League with Sydney Thunders. He has also been a part of PPL (Pakistan), CPL (West Indies) and BPL(Bangladesh)
8. Virender Sehwag Net Worth : $40 Million (₹277 Crore)
Next on this list is one of the world’s finest opening batsmen, Virender Sehwag. Sehwag has scored 17,253 runs in his 374 international appearances. He has represented Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab in his 8-year long career in IPL. Currently, he is a commentator for Star India. Viru was the brand ambassador of Hero Honda for a very long time. He has also endorsed for international brands like Boost, Samsung, Reebok, Adidas and many more. Today, Virender Sehwag also runs an international school in Haryana. The “Nawab of Najafgarh” is a popular and an entertaining personality in India.
7. Shane Warne Net Worth: $50 Million (₹346 Crore)
Next is Australia’s legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne. With over 1,000 international wickets to his name, Shane Warne is the 2nd most successful bowler in international cricket. Warne has been a national star for Australian fans. Warnie was the captain of the winning team of Rajasthan Royals in the maiden season IPL in 2008. He retired from IPL in 2011 and currently is the head coach of Rajasthan Royals.
The Australian legend has endorsed brands like Victoria Bitter, Pepsi, McDonald’s and many more. Post his retirement, Warne has been an active commentator and is popular for giving brutally honest views on the cricketer’s today’s era.
6. Brian Lara Net Worth : $60 Million (₹415 Crore)
On number 5 is the glorious West Indian batsman Brian Lara. Lara is one of the world’s best batsman international cricket has seen. He has scored more than 21,000 runs in the 430 international he has played. He is the only batsman to score 400 in an innings of a test match. Brian Lara’s classy batting had earned him fans not only from the Caribbean islands, but from all over the globe.
The former West Indian captain played a major role in uplifting the economy of West Indies Cricket Board as his batting performance and rising popularity attracted a lot of sponsors. Lara also became the Brand Ambassador of the Indian Tyre company- MRF helped it in gaining global popularity. Post retirement, Lara has played Professional Golf and has won a lot of international Golf competitions as well.
5. Ricky Ponting Net Worth : $65 Million (₹450 Crore)
Next on the list is Australia’s greatest captain who has ever played the game -Ricky Ponting. Ricky Ponting is one of the finest cricketer to ever play international cricket. He has scored more than 27,000 runs in his 560 international appearances. The former Australian skipper is the only cricketer (after West Indies’ Clive Lloyd) to be the winning captain in two consecutive World Cups. Though Ponting has been involved in a lot of controversies, he is still considered as a national icon in Australia.
Ricky Ponting has been a huge asset to a lot of advertisers. He has endorsed for a lot of brands like Valvoline, Adidas, Pura Milk, Rexona etc. He was the brand ambassador of the cricket bat company Kookaburra. Ponting was paid a million-dollar salary by Cricket Australia, and earned almost $4 million a year through advertisements. His popularity and a glorious cricketing career made him a very popular commentator for Channel 9. Currently, he is the head coach of the IPL team Delhi Capitals, who stood 3rd in the season of 2019.
4. Jacques Kallis Net Worth : $70 Million (₹500 Crore)
Next is South Africa’s Jacques Kallis. Jacques Kallis is the best all-rounder international cricket has ever witnessed. Kallis has scored 25,534 runs and has scalped 577 wickets in his 519 international appearances. He played a crucial role for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2012 and helped them to be crowned as the champions. In 2014, The former South African all-rounder signed a one-year contract with the Big Bash League franchise of Sydney Thunders. He was made the brand ambassador Advanced Hair Studio India in 2017. Currently, Kallis is the Batting consultant of KKR.
3. Virat Kohli Net Worth : $92 Million (₹638 Crore)
There is no doubt that Virat Kohli is the best batsman in today’s era. The Indian captain has scored more than 10,000 ODI runs with an unbelievable average of over 59.5. Virat is not only a national icon, but a huge brand himself. While watching television, you’ll realize that Virat Kohli is a part almost every alternate advertisement on your TV screen. His most recent signing is with the MRF, with whom he extended his bat sponsorship deal for 8 years for $ 15 million. Kohli also became the highest paid cricketer in IPL when he extended his ₹17 Crore contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2018.
Kohli charges almost $1 million a day for his shoots and his endorsements bring him almost $20 million, a figure which might go up to $34 million in coming weeks. The right-handed batsman from Delhi has endorsed international brands like Pepsi, Valvoline, Google, Hero Moto corp, Colgate, Tissot, Too Yumm, Manyavar etc. In 2015, he signed a 5-crore contract with Audi India. In 2018, he also became the Brand Ambassador of the world-famous transportation company, Uber. Kohli also owns ISL’s football team of FC Goa. He also has his own fashion brands by the name Wrogn and One8 (partnered with Puma).
MS Dhoni is not only an inspiration to the 1.3 billion population of India, but has also been the reason for a lot of people to start watching cricket. The former captain of Indian team is an international icon. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also the only captain to have all the 3 ICC Tournament Trophies to his name.
MS is one of the most highest paid celebrities in India. He earns more than $30 million out of brand endorsements. Dhoni has endorsed almost every other brand that you might know. He has endorsed Gulf Oil, Boost, Reebok, McDowell’s, TVS Motors, Red Bus, Sony Bravia, Lays, Amrapali, Snickers, GoDaddy, Colgate, Orient and many more. He was also the brand ambassador of Reebok for almost 7-8 years. Dhoni also has invested in ISL’s team of Chennaiyin FC and is also the owner of his fashion brand by the name ‘Se7en’. Dhoni is the captain of Chennai Super Kings and is under a ₹15-crore/year contract.
1. Sachin Tendulkar Net Worth : $170 Million (₹1090 Crore)
The richest cricketers in the world is the ‘God of Cricket’ himself, Mr. Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin is the best batsman in international cricket. With more than 34,000 runs, Sachin is the only cricketer to have 100 centuries in international cricket. Tendulkar is not considered as a human figure in India, but a superhuman. He is not only a national hero, but godly figure too.
Sachin Tendulkar has endorsed hundreds of global brands like BMW, Pepsi, Luminous, Adidas, Canon, Phillips, Britannia, VISA, Castrol, Coca-Cola etc. Sachin was the first cricketer to score a ₹100-crore deal when he became the brand ambassador of MRF in 2001. In the late 1990s, Sachin became a brand himself. He helped BCCI to get rid of debt and become the richest cricketing Board in the world. Currently, Tendulkar owns properties worth ₹520 crores. He is also the mentor of the 4-time IPL champion team of Mumbai Indians.