Richest Cricketer: The game of cricket has progressed so far from being a game that is being played predominantly between commonwealth nations. The opportunities and the financial support that the cricketers receive has also seen a rise over the years.
Apart from the income that they receive from their respective boards, the money from different T20 leagues around the world along with brand endorsements have helped in the sudden surge of cricketer’s net worth. Here we look at list of richest cricketers in the world.
10. Shane Watson
Team: Australia (2002-2016)
Shane Watson Net Worth: $30 Million
The Star Aussie all-rounder is one of the earliest T20 superstars. And rightly so, the demand for him across the T20 leagues around the globe was sky high. He was also the highest-paid non-Indian cricketer in the world for five consecutive years from 2011 to 2015. This added with the enormous number of brand endorsement that he has helped him to gain a spot in this illustrious list.
9. Yuvraj Singh
Team: India (2000-2017)
Yuvraj Singh Net Worth: $35 Million
This is a no brainer. India’s world cup hero is undoubtedly one of the most popular cricketers around the globe. His huge salary purse in the IPL along with the brand endorsements have pushed him to 9th spot in this illustrious list. Major brands like Pepsi, LG, Royal Mega Stag, Reebok, Whirlpool, Puma, Cadbury, and more have contributed to his net worth.
8. Jacques Kallis
Team: South Africa (1995-2014)
Jacques Kallis Net Worth: $35 Million
Possibly one of the greatest all-round cricketers of all time, Jacques Kallis has earned millions of dollars by playing in different leagues around the globe along with endorsing brands such as Slazenger.
7. Virender Sehwag
Team: India (1999-2013)
Virender Sehwag Net Worth: $40 Million
Despite retiring from the game almost a decade back, the former Indian opener is still amongst the highest earning cricketers in the world right now. Brands such as Adidas, Reebok, Hero Honda, Boos and Samsung have contributed to his $40 Million net worth.
6. Shane Warne
Team: Australia (1992-2007)
Shane Warne Net Worth: $52 Million
Former Aussie spinner and one of the first global superstar from the game of cricket, Shane Warne sits at number six position in this list. Endorsements from Pepsi and Victoria Bitter along with a share in Rajasthan Royals have helped him to find a place in this list.
5. Brian Lara
Team: West Indies (1990-2016)
Brian Lara Net Worth: $52 Million
Possibly one of the most flamboyant batsmen of all time, this West Indies legend Brian Lara sits fifth on this list. He has endorsed brands like Bmobile telecommunications and Angostura’s LLB. He also has six cricket video games named after him.
4. Ricky Ponting
Team: Australia (1995-2012)
Ricky Ponting Net Worth: $65 Million
One of the greatest captains of all time, Ricky Ponting is the highest earning non-Indian cricketer in the world. He has endorsed brands like Kookaburra Bats, Rexona deodorant, Pura Milk, Swisse Vitamins during his playing days. This added with his coaching remunerations makes him one of the richest cricketers in the world.
3. Virat Kohli
Team: India (2008-Present)
Virat Kohli Net Worth: $93 Million
This is a no-brainer. The current Indian captain is a global sporting icon. The number of brands that he endorses and the amount he earns from them and by playing are second to no one. It is just a matter of time, till he tops this illustrious list. Now he has a net worth of $93 Million dollars. In 2020, he ranked 66th in the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes in the world. Audi, Colgate-Palmolive, Flipkart, Google, Hero Motocorp, Puma, Uber, Valvoline are few of the top brands that he endorses.
2. MS Dhoni
Team: India (2004- 2020)
MS Dhoni Net Worth: $111 Million
The former Indian captain is still a big name in Indian cricket. He is one of the most marketable people in India right now. Such is his fanbase. Brands like Pepsi, Reebok, Titan, Aircel, Cello, speed, G.E money, Siyarams etc have been holding on to him for many years now. This added with his IPL salary makes him the second richest cricketer in the world.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Team: India (1989-2013)
Sachin Tendulkar Net Worth: $120 Million
The God of Cricket tops this illustrious list. Even after retiring from the game almost a decade back, he still overtakes current players in terms of his brand value, popularity and net worth. He is the brand ambassador of many top companies like UNICEF, BMW, Luminous, Smartron, GM Pens, Aster Pharmacy, DBS Bank, Sony Ten, Smash, Quaker etc. His net worth stands at $120 Million.