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Check out India’s Top-10 Highest Earning Sportspersons in 2018!

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India’s Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli continues to be the highest earning sports icon for 2018 as Forbes releases its Top 100 list. A total of 21 sportspersons found a place in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 List 2018.

  1. Virat Kohli – Forbes Ranking: #2

Earning: Rs. 228.09 crores

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Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has been named the richest sportsperson in the country. He sits second on the 2018 Forbes India Celebrity 100 List rankings, right behind Bollywood superstar Salman Khan. Though his standing hasn’t changed since the 2017 rankings, the 30-year-old skipper’s earnings doubled this year to a whopping Rs 228.09 crore. He even surpassed the Indian cricket team’s former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who sits as the second-highest sportsperson after Kohli.

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Kohli has shown some of the top performances on the field. Besides, he is also the current holder of the ICC World Cricketer of the Year award. He is also endorsing many popular brands including Tissot, Audi, Puma and many others. With so many of these achievements, it was no surprise to see Kohli topping the charts.

  1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni – Forbes Ranking: #5

Earning: Rs.101.77 crores

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the second-highest earning sportsperson in India with an overall ranking at 5th position. Moving three spots in the list from 2017 with Rs.68.75 crores, he has a total earning of Rs.101.77 crores this year.

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India’s former ‘Captain Cool’ might have given up captaincy, but his list of records are reaching a new high with each passing day. With Dhoni’s unforgettable captaincy records and mind-blowing stellar knocks, there are still many reasons that make us look upto him in each game.

  1. Sachin Tendulkar – Forbes Ranking: #9

Earning: Rs.80 crores

The legendary cricket Sachin Tendulkar is the only retiree to make it to Forbes list. He ranks as the third-highest earning sportsperson and overall ranked at No.9. Sachin despite his retirement in 2013 has been in the top-10 of the Celebrity-100 list of highest-earning Indian celebrities, every year from 2014 to 2018.

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According to a previously published report by Forbes, Sachin still commands Rs 8-10 crore for 2-3 days of commitments for a brand. He’s only behind Indian captain Virat Kohli and former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who charge Rs 4.5 crore and 4 crores respectively per day for endorsements, the report claimed. Sachin is currently associated with 17 brands and has a strong market value in endorsements.

Notably, the 45-year-old has not ventured into commentating like other cricketers and his only cricket association is his role as an icon for the Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians.

  1. PV Sindhu – Forbes Ranking: #20

Earning: Rs.36.5 crores

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India’s ace badminton shuttler PV Sindhu is the highest-paid Indian woman athlete in the Forbes list and stands at the 20th position in the overall ranking. According to a list released by Forbes in August 2018, PV Sindhu is also the seventh in the list of top 10 paid female athletes in the world. She earned a whopping amount of 36.5 crores in 2018.

Sindhu’s earnings reached a new high after her sensational show at the Rio Games in Brazil in 2016. Sindhu bagged silver in badminton at the 2016 Summer Games and since then, she has been the face of Indian badminton.

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As per the annual list published by Forbes, Sindhu earns USD 8.5 million-per-year. According to the August Forbes list of highest-paid women athletes in the world, retired race car driver Danica Patrick (USD 7.5 million) was the only non-tennis player in the top 10 list.  Serena Williams leads the list for the third consecutive year.

5.    Rohit Sharma – Forbes Ranking: #23

Earning: Rs.31.49 crores

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Indian batsman Rohit Sharma is ranked the fifth-highest sportsperson in India and sits at overall 23rd position, according to the Forbes Top 100 Celebrities list.

The ‘Star of limited overs Cricket’, He has to his credit the highest score – 264 – in One-Day Internationals and is the only batsman to score three double centuries in this version of the game.  The vice-captain of the national side in limited over matches, Rohit Sharma recently achieved the landmark of becoming the first batsman to score 4 centuries in One-day Internationals. Rohit is also one of the most valued players in IPL and has three seasonal victories for Mumbai Indians.

6.    Hardik Pandya – Forbes Ranking: #27

Earning: Rs.28.46 crores

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Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya has jumped leaps and bounds at the Forbes list. From his gross revenues of Rs.3.04 crores in 2017 to Rs. 28.46 crores in 2018, Pandya ranks 6th in the highest-earning sportspersons list and overall ranks at 27th.

Hardik Pandya’s current importance in the Indian cricket team leaves us to no surprise as his yearly income rises multiple times.

7.    Ravichandran Ashwin – Forbes Ranking: #44

Earning: Rs.18.9 crores

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Indian cricket team’s bowler Ravichandran Ashwin stands 7th among the top-earning Indian sportspersons and is positioned at No.44 in the overall Forbes India ranking. Ashwin’s ranking has seen a low this year because of his earnings which have gone down from 34.67 crores in 2017 to Rs.18.9 crores.

8.    Bhuvneshwar Kumar – Forbes Ranking: #52

Earning: Rs.17.26 crores

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India’s fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has registered a more than 500% jump in his annual income of Rs. 2.53 crore a year ago. The seamer is placed 8thfor his annual revenues of Rs. 17.26 crore.

Known for his swing and control, Kumar’s important wickets spearheaded team India’s wins at many series this season.

9.    Suresh Raina: Forbes Ranking: #55

Earnings: Rs.16.96 crores

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Suresh Raina has been one of the finest left-handed batsmen to represent the Indian cricket team. With a whopping earning of Rs.16.96 crores, Raina stands at the 9th position among the highest-paid Indian sportspersons in 2018.

The first Indian to record ton across formats, Raina is also the most celebrated names in the Indian Premier League.

Inspite of his fluctuating fortunes with the bat and decline in his performance, Raina’s market value has managed to hold a place in the top 10 charts.

  1. Saina Nehwal – Forbes Ranking: #58

Earnings: Rs.16.54 crores

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The London Olympic Games’ bronze medallist had to settle at the 10th position for her gross annual earnings Rs. 16.54 crore – down from Rs. 31 crores a year ago.

Besides these, some other prominent athletes who made to the Forbes India list were, Shikhar Dhawan, Srikanth Kidambi, Vijender Singh and Ajinkya Rahane in the Top-20 (highest-earning sportspersons)

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