The game of cricket has revolutionized a lot. The game has become faster, more thrilling for the young guns and also became one of the highest paying sports in the world. The players have many opportunities to earn well from the international and league tournaments, as well as from their sponsors. Today, let us take a look at world’s highest paid cricketers.
Cricket in recent days has started receiving giant income and players these days are scaling their income in a quick speed. Along with the game, many cricket fans around the world are curious to know the income of their favourite superstar. Aren’t you one of them? Aren’t you curious to know? Without a further ado, lets meet top ten highest paid cricketers in the world.
The former Australian captain Steve Smith ranks in the list of world’s highest paid cricketers. Expected to be a visionary long term skipper for Australia, Smith’s career halted for a year due to famous sandpaper saga. In this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), Smith plied his trade for multiple Rajasthan based club Rajasthan Royals. The right-handed batsman earns most of his fortune from the central contract and IPL deal. He was paid a heavy amount of Rs 12.5 crores in IPL 2019. He also penned a contract for BPL franchise Comilla Victorians. Smith has also signed a deal with Vodafone.
Ro-hit Sharma ranks ninth in the list. The vice-captain of the Indian cricket team is a destructive opener. He is the only batsman in the world to score 3 double tons in the 50 over cricket. This year BCCI awarded Rohit with an A+ contract which is worth Rs 7 crore. Talking about IPL, the Hitman has been with Mumbai for long. He has a contract of $2.1m with Mumbai Indians. He has signed for brands such as Adidas, Nissan, Hublot, Ceat and Aristocrat Bags.
Surprised to see him? Yes, he still is in the field of rich cricketers. Yuvraj Singh is a celebrated cricketer of India. He ranks eighth in the list of highest paid cricketers. Thanks to his stunning contributions to the team in white ball cricket. Yuvraj Singh declared his international retirement in recent days. In 2019 IPL, Yuvraj was bagged by the Mumbai franchise for a base price of Rs 2 crore. A major chunk of his income comes from the commercial world which amounts to $3.4m. Courtesy: Puma, Xbox 360, Sports365 and Ulysse Nardin are some of the brands associated with him.
7AB de Villiers
The richest cricketer from the rainbow nation and the South African legend is there in the list. AB de Villiers has played numerous match-winning knocks for the Proteas. AB de Villiers is one of the most decorated celebrities in IPL. The blistering batsman from South Africa announced his international retirement in 2018 but he has continued his trade in the domestic T20 leagues. He earns $1.6m from the RCB franchise and $0.15m from the PSL draft. He endorses global brands like MRF, Audi, Puma and Supersport.
The Australian all-rounder joins the list too. Now, you will be thinking Shane Watson has retired from international team, how does he comes in the list of highest paid cricketers. But the thing is, Shane Watson plays cricket all around the world. In 2019, he earned $0.59m from his IPL contract with Chennai Super Kings and $0.15m from his PSL side Quetta Gladiators. He made around $4.5m from the advertising world. Currently, Watson is associated with brands like Platinum Speakers, SG and Beon Global. A big fat Australian cat, isn’t it?
The fastest bowler in the world is earning fast too. The speedster from Australia is the spearhead of the Kangaroos bowling roaster. When in full flow the left-arm quickie is a reckoning force for the opposition batsmen. Even though the pacer has missed a lot of games due to niggles, his talent has always helped him get big contracts. According to some reports, Starc’s earnings from the national and IPL contracts add up to about USD 3.5 million. He also makes about USD 0.5 million from endorsing brands like Audi and Royal Stag.
It is rightly said, ‘life always offers you a second chance’. If these words hold true, David Warner is the perfect instance of the above saying. What years he is having (2018 and 19)! The southpaw who banned from Australian cricket team has made a superb comeback with brilliant knocks in the concluded in IPL as well as in ongoing World Cup. He earned a monstrous amount of Rs 12.5 crores from the SRH franchise in IPL 2019. He also signed a contract with BPL side Sylhet Sixers. Though Warner lost rewarding deals from brands like LG and ASICS but he penned a deal with Spartan which allowed him to make up for the losses.
Here comes the Universal Boss in the list of world’s highest paid cricketers. The 39-year old Caribbean opener has graced the game for nearly two decades. It’s but obvious his fortune must be hefty enough. With international contract in the hand, the left-hand fiery was was bought by the Balkh legends in the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League for USD 1 million. He was also picked in the IPL by Kings XI Punjab for a deal of Rs 2 crore. He also earns plenty from the brands he endorses including Spartan Sports, Agrani Homes to name a few.
Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the only cricketer to feature in the top 25 in the 2014 Forbes list of highest paid athletes earns. USD 0.7 million dollars from his contract with BCCI and USD 2.2 million with IPL team Chennai Super Kings. Though his hair follicle has turned white, MS Dhoni is hitting hard off-field. The former captain cool endorses over 30 brands including sporting brands such as Reebok, Dream 11, Snickers and more.
Do you really want us to describe much about him? Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has become the sole Indian in the Forbes 2019 list of world’s highest-paid athletes. Virat Kohli is ranked last on the list of top 100 athletes which is headed by Argentina football star Lionel Messi. According to the Forbes 2019 list, it is estimated that the Indian skipper pocketed a cool $21 million from endorsements and $4m from salary and winnings. This took his total earnings to $25 million for the past 12 months.