It’s not surprising that Indian cricket team players are among the sport’s richest players since cricket has become a superpower in the last few decades. And here is the list of the richest cricketer in the world right now.
Early attempts to make money off of sports stars did not go over well, but that changed a lot in the late 1980s and early 1990s. As a result, many commercial elements have been added to the game and are now a vital piece of it.
Even though cricket isn’t played by as many people as other sports, some of these cricketers are among the Richest sportsperson in the world. With a lot of people in the densely populated Asian subcontinent interested in the game, the chance for business growth was always there, but it took a while for it to really happen.
The popularity of T20 cricket, particularly the Indian Premier League (IPL), has done a lot to make the game more Famous. This tournament has made a lot of money from broadcasting, advertising, & ticket sales, and experts say it’ll only get bigger in the coming years. cricket is also one of the richest sports in the world.
10. Yuvraj Singh
The one and only Yuvraj Singh “Punjab da Puttar,” is number 10 on this list. Yuvi has played for the Indian cricket team in 402 games and has scored 11,868 runs. During the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the ICC World Cup in 2011, he was named “Man of the Tournament.” Yuvraj is a well-known person in India. He has worked with companies like Puma, LG, Reebok, Xbox, Revital, and Pepsi to promote their products.
In 2014 and 2015, he was the IPL cricketer who earned the highest money. In 2015, the Delhi Daredevils paid a huge amount of money (16 crores) for him. Additionally, Yuvi operates a cancer awareness organisation named “YouWeCan.” In 2017, Yuvraj started his own clothing line called “YWC,” which got a lot of good feedback. Yuvi is now one of the 10 richest cricket players in the world.
9. Shane Watson
Shane Watson, an all-rounder from Australia, is next. Watson has played for his country 307 times and has scored 10,950 runs. He has also helped Australia by taking 281 wickets. His great skills in every area helped him get picked up by most of the T20 leagues around the world.
He had the most money and cost the most to play cricket. In IPL 2016, RCB bought him for 9.5 crores per year for two years.
8. Virender Sehwag
One of the best opening batsmen in the world, Virender Sehwag, is next on this ranking of the richest cricketers in the world. Sehwag has played in 374 international games and has scored 17,253 runs. In his 8-year career in the IPL, he has played for both the Delhi Daredevils and the Kings XI Punjab. and then He is a commentator for Star India right now.
Viru was the face of Hero Honda’s brand for a long time. Furthermore, he has collaborated with numerous other global companies, including Samsung, Reebok, Boost, and Adidas. Virender Sehwag also continues to run an international school in the Indian state of Haryana.
7. Shane Warne
Shane Warne, from Australia, is famous for his leg spin bowling. Shane Warne is the second most wicket-taker in the history of international cricket. He has 1,001 wickets in international games. Warne has been a big star in his home country of Australia. Warnie was the skipper of the Rajasthan Royals team that won the first IPL season in 2008. He stopped playing in the IPL in 2011, and then he was the head cricket coach of Rajasthan Royals. but sadly on 4 March 2022, he passed away.
The Australian legend has worked with Victoria Bitter, Pepsi, McDonald’s, and many more companies to promote their products. Since his retirement, Warne has continued to provide commentary. He is known for being brutally honest about the cricketers of today. He is one of the cricket players with the most money in the world.
6. Brian Lara
The great West Indian batsman Brian Lara comes in at number 6. Lara is one of the best cricket batsmen the world has ever seen. In the 430 international games he has played, he has managed to score 22358 runs. He is the only cricketer in the entire world to ever score 400 runs in a single test inning. Brian Lara had fans not just in the Caribbean islands but all over the world because of how well he struck the ball.
The former West Indian captain had a big impact on the West Indies Cricket Board’s finances because of how well he batted and how popular he became. This brought in a lot of sponsors. Lara was also named the Brand Ambassador for the Indian tyre company MRF, which helped it become more well-known around the world. Since his retirement, Lara has continued to play professional golf and has won numerous international competitions.
5. Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting is the best leader Australia has ever had. One of the greatest international cricket players in history is Ricky Ponting. More than 560 times, he has represented his nation, and he has achieved 27,483 runs in international cricket. Except for Clive Lloyd of the West Indies, the former Australian skipper is the only cricketer to have guided his squad to success in back-to-back International Tournaments at the cricket world cup. Ponting seems to be in a lot of arguments, but people in Australia still look up to him as a national hero.
Ricky Ponting has helped a lot of advertisers in a big way. He has worked with a lot of brands, such as Valvoline, Pura Milk, Adidas, Rexona, and many more. He was the face of the Kookaburra brand when it came to cricket bats. Ponting was required to pay a million-dollar salary besides Cricket Australia and managed to make almost $4 million per year in ads industry. Because of how popular he was and how well he did as a cricket player, he was a very famous broadcaster for Channel 9. Right now Rickey pointing is the Head coach of the IPL team named Delhi Capitals.
4. Jacques Kallis
Now next player is Jacques Kallis from South Africa. Jacques Kallis is indeed the best all-around cricket player that the world has ever seen. Kallis has played in 519 international games and has managed to score 25,534 runs and picked 577 wickets. He was very important to Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2012 IPL, which helped them win the IPL title.
In 2014, the South African all-rounder agreed to sign just one year deal with the Sydney Thunders of a Big Bash League. In 2017, Advanced Hair Studio India made him their brand ambassador. At the moment, Kallis is KKR’s consultant for batting. He is probably one of the wealthiest cricket players in the world.
3. Virat Kohli
Who is the king of cricket? No other than Virat Kohli. Virat is the only active cricket player on this list in 2022. Virat Kohli is without a doubt the best batsman in the world right now. The ex-Indian captain has managed to score 12311 runs in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) with an incredible average of over 58.1. Virat is a huge brand as well as a national hero. You’ll realise that while you’re watching TV. With the energy Virat Kohli has on-field there is nothing more interesting to watch than Virat Kohli.
Almost every other TV ad you see on your screen features Virat Kohli. His most recent deal is with the MRF. For $15 million, he extended his bat sponsor deal with them for 8 years. When Kohli extended his 17 Crore agreement with Royal Challengers Bangalore through 2018, he became the highest-paid cricket player in the Indian premier league.
Kohli charges almost $1 million a day for his shoots, and his endorsements bring in almost $20 million, which could go up to $34 million in the next few weeks. The right-handed batsman from Delhi has worked with Pepsi, Valvoline, Hero Moto Corp, To0 Yummy, Colgate, Tissot, Google, Manyavar, as well as other international brands.
2. MS Dhoni
The person who used to lead the Indian team is known all over the world. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is now the only skipper to have won all three ICC Tournament League titles.
MS is among the most famous people in India who make the most money. MS Dhoni has more than $111 million in assets. Dhoni has been working with every other brand you might be familiar with. He has supported numerous companies, including Orient, GoDaddy, Colgate, Boost, McDowell’s, Sony Bravia, TVS Motors, Red Bus, Lays, Amrapali, and many more. He served as the spokesperson for Reebok for about eight years. Dhoni has also made investments in the ISL club Chennaiyin FC. He also owns the “Se7en” clothing brand. Dhoni, who also has a massive deal at 15 crores per year, is the skipper of Chennai Super Kings.
1. Sachin Tendulkar: Richest cricketer in the world
Sachin Tendulkar, who is known as the “God of Cricket,” has the most money of any cricket player in the world. One of the best batsmen in international cricket is Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin is the only cricket player to still have 100 centuries in international games. He has been scoring more than 34,363 international runs. In India, Tendulkar is not seen as a person, but as a God.
Sachin Tendulkar has been a spokesperson for a huge number of international brands, including BMW, VISA, Britannia, Luminous, Canon, Castrol, Phillips, Adidas, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and many more. Sachin was the very first cricket player to earn a deal worth $100 million when he signed on to represent MRF as their brand ambassador in 2001. By the 1990s’ close, Sachin had established himself as a household name. He contributed to BCCI’s financial recovery and transformation into the richest cricket organisation in the world. Currently, Sachin Tendulkar’s net worth exceeds 1090 crores of rupees. He is also the coach of the Mumbai Indians team, which has won the IPL five times IPL title.