Cricket is the second most popular game on the planet and the salary of the top cricketers has always been top-notch but cricketers paychecks were in no way comparable to the top athletes of the other sports like Basketball, Football, Tennis and Golf but lately things have been changing for cricketers because of the T20 leagues like IPL and BBL.
T20 leagues like IPL have undeniably changed the dynamics of the game and numbers on paychecks of the cricketers by as much as 20 times in the last two decades itself and their salaries are still growing at a massive pace because of the increase in the Indian Middle-Class population and the money cricketers are raking in through endorsements makes up a large portion of their income. Also, the wave of new Internet users in India because of low-cost data plans are further contributing to increased revenue for cricketers from their sponsored posts on social media.
So, here is a list of the Top Ten Richest cricketers in the world. Note: These numbers are purely estimates and are gathered from various sources which may not be reliable in estimating the actual net worth of these cricketers.
|Rank||Cricketer Name||Net Worth||Country||Brand Endorsements|
|1||Sachin Tendulkar||$170 Million|
|Ind||Pepsi, BMW, Visa|
|2||MS Dhoni||$111 Million|
|Ind||Boost, GoDaddy, Reebok|
|3||Virat Kohli||$92 Million|
|Ind||Audi, Puma, Google|
|4||Ricky Ponting||$70 Million|
|5||Brian Lara||$60 Million|
|6||Shane Warne||$50 Million|
|7||Jacques Kallis||$48 Million|
|8||Virender Sehwag||$40 Million|
|9||Steve Smith||$38 Million|
|10||Yuvraj Singh||$35 Million|
1. Sachin Tendulkar – $170 Million (1090 Crore)
The God of Cricket is the richest cricketer of all time.
Brand Endorsements: MRF, Boost, ESPN, Pepsi, Luminous, BMW, Adidas, Canon, Phillips, Britannia, VISA, Castrol, etc.
2. MS Dhoni – $111 Million (767 Crore)
The former Indian Cricket Captain is the second richest cricketer in the world.
Brand Endorsements: Snickers, GoDaddy, Colgate, Orient, Gulf Oil, Boost, Reebok, McDowell’s, TVS Motors, Red Bus, Sony Bravia, Lays, Amrapali, etc
3. Virat Kohli – $92 Million (638 Crore)
Indian Cricket captain is the third richest cricketer in the world and is also the most followed cricketer on Instagram where he charges an estimated 2.14 crores per sponsored post and he is catching up with MS Dhoni very quickly. Also, he is the only cricketer and Indian athlete to be placed on the Forbes 100 highly paid athletes.
Brand Endorsements: Puma, Audi India, Boost, Vicks, Pepsi, Google, Hero Moto Corp, Colgate, Tissot, Valvoline, etc
4. Ricky Ponting – $70 Million (500 Crore)
Former Australian Cricket captain is the 4th richest cricketer in the world.
Brand Endorsements: Valvoline, Adidas, Pura Milk, Rexona
5. Brian Lara – $60 Million (415 Crore)
Brian Lara is the 5th richest cricketer in the world.
Brand Endorsements: Madras Rubber Factory (popularly known as MRF, manufacturers tyres and cricket bats)
6. Shane Warne – $50 Million (350 Crore)
Shane Warne is the 6th richest cricketer in the world.
Brand Endorsements: Victoria Bitter, Pepsi, McDonald’s
7. Jacques Kallis – $48 Million (336 Crore)
Shane Warne is the 7th richest cricketer in the world.
Brand Endorsements: Pepsi
8. Virender Sehwag – $40 Million (280 Crore)
Virender Sehwag is the 8th richest cricketer in the world.
Brand Endorsements: Boost, Samsung, Reebok, Adidas
9. Steve Smith – $38 Million (264 Crore)
Steve Smith is the 9th richest cricketer in the world. he’s not just made money off the cricket but a large portion of his wealth is created outside cricket from his investments in Real Estate and startups. Steve Smith Invested AUD$100,000 in 2015 in Koala, a mattress company as an angel investor that gave him an AUD$12 Million in return in 2018. Today Koala is an AUD$150 Million company.
Brand Endorsements: Gillette, Koala
10. Yuvraj Singh – $35 Million (245 Crore)
Yuvraj Singh is the 10th richest cricketer in the world.
Brand Endorsements: Puma, LG, Reebok, Xbox, Revital, Pepsi and etc