Top 10 Richest Cricket Players
Who are the richest cricket players?
- Sachin Tendulkar
- M.S. Dhoni
- Virat Kohli
- Ricky Ponting
- Brian Lara
- Shane Warne
- Virender Sehwag
- Yuvraj Singh
- Jacques Kallis
- Shane Watson
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is a retired Indian cricket player and former captain of the Indian national cricket team. As of November 2013, he had officially retired from cricket. He has an approximate net worth of $120 to 170 million. He is known to be one of the greatest cricket players and icons of his time, with superior batting skills. His batting skills were based on the simple principles of economy of movement, perfect balance, precision in stroke-making, and anticipation. There were no apparent weaknesses with Tendulkar's performance as a player and he continues to be a fan favorite and icon.
2. M.S. Dhoni
Mahendra Singh (M.S.) Dhoni is a former Indian cricket player and former captain of the Indian national cricket team. As of August 2020, he officially retired from playing cricket. He has an estimated net worth of $111 million. His position is the wicketkeeper-batsman. Under Dhoni's captainship, India won the 50-over World Cup in 2011, World T20 in 2007, and topped the test rankings for 18 months which started in December 2009. Dhoni is recognized for his leadership skills, calmness on the field, and his batting style. Some of Dhoni's major sponsors include Pepsi, Reebok, Lays, Colgate, and Boost.
3. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is the highest-paid cricket player as of 2020. With a salary/winnings of $2 million and endorsements worth $24 million, he has a total of $26 million earnings. His net worth is approximately $92 million. Although he does not have the highest net worth, he is the highest-paid. Kohli is currently the captain of the Indian national cricket team and is considered one of the best batsmen in the world. He is one of the three Indian cricket players who have been selected by the nation's A+ contracts which guarantees him an annual salary of $1 million. Across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram he has over 134 million followers. Some of his major sponsors include Audi, Google, Flipkart, Colgate-Palmolive, Puma, and Hero.
4. Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting is a cricket coach, former Australian cricket player, and commentator. He was also the captain of the Australian national cricket team. As of December 2012, he officially retired from playing cricket. He has an approximate net worth of $65 million. His position is the top-order batsman. He was the most successful Australian captain during test history during the Boxing Day test in 2009-10. He also led Australia to 26 undefeated consecutive World Cup matches during the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Ponting is considered one of the greatest players of his generation and one of the most successful run-makers in Australia.
5. Brian Lara
Brian Lara is a former Trinidadian cricket player and played for the West Indies national cricket team and former captain of the West Indies national cricket team. As of April 2007, he officially retired from playing cricket. He has an approximate net worth of $60 million. He plays cricket as a batsman. In 1994, he broke the batting record and scored 375 runs against England, and then 501 runs Warwickshire. In 2012, Brian Lara was inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame. Lara is considered one of the greatest cricket players.
6. Shane Warne
Shane Warne is a cricket commentator and former cricket player for the Australian national cricket team. As of December 2006, Warne announced his retirement from cricket. He has an approximate net worth of $50 to $52 million., He plays cricket as a bowler and is known to be one of the most effective bowlers in cricket history. Warne had good disguise on his top-spinner and great control on 2-3 different googlies. He was the first ever cricket bowler to take 700 test wickets in 2006. Despite being involved in controversy in the public eye, Warne is known for his impeccable bowling skills.
7. Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag is a former Indian cricket player and played for the Indian national cricket team. As of October 2015, Sehwag announced his retirement from international cricket. He has an approximate net worth of $40 million. He played as a batsman. Sehwag has accumulated Test runs at a faster pace than anyone in the history of cricket with minimal footwork and maximum intent. His approach to scoring runs is to score as many runs as quickly as possible. Sehwag has successfully compiled massive scores at an impressive speed. Sehwag is known for his minimal footwork and daring batsmanship.
8. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh is a former Indian cricket player and played for the Indian national cricket team. As of June 2019, Singh announced his retirement from cricket. He has an approximate net worth of $35 million. He played as a batsman. Singh is known for his athleticism on the field and left-arm spin. One of the highlights of Singh's career is during the 2011 World Cup. He scored 362 runs, 15 wickets, earned "Player of the Tournament" and earned 4 "Man of the Match" awards. Despite struggling with some health concerns in 2012, he continued to persevere as a successful cricket player until his retirement in 2019.
9. Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis is a cricket coach and former South African cricket player and played for the South African national cricket team. As of July 2014, Kallis announced his retirement from cricket. He has an approximate net worth of $35 million. He is known to be an allrounder when playing cricket. He is a right-arm fast-medium swing baller and right-handed batsman. Kallis is a forceful batsman and known for his surprising swing and pace as a bowler. Kallis is regarded by fans as one of the greatest batsmen for South Africa.
10. Shane Watson
Shane Watson is an Australian cricket player and plays for the Australian national cricket team. As of July 2014, Watson announced his retirement from the Australian Big Bash League. He has an approximate net worth of $30 million. He is an allrounder when playing cricket. Watson can handle spin and pace and is known to have a power game. He initially began his international career in the middle order until he got promoted to being an opener. Watson has had a successful international career, and especially with limited-overs cricket.
Is cricket really popular in India?
Cricket is a highly popular sport in India and is played and watched all over the country. Fans are dedicated to cricket and the players. As seen from the list above, 5 of the 10 richest cricket players are Indian. Although they are extremely successful cricket players, they are also very popular. Their significant popularity has helped gain them large sponsorships with large companies within India and overseas. Their popularity has helped establish the players' high net worth.
How is Virat Kohli the highest paid cricket player of 2020?
Although Virat Kohli does not have the highest net worth, he is the highest-paid cricket player of 2020. He earns approximately $26 million. Most of Kohli's earnings come from sponsorships and endorsements from companies such as Google, Audi, Flipkart, Puma, Hero, and Colgate-Palmolive. Also compared to Sachin Tendulkar and M.S. Dhoni, Kohli is considered young in comparison and hopefully has a long cricket career ahead of him.
How are cricket salaries distributed?
Usually, cricket players' salary figures are based on international cricket and do not take into account any earnings from T-20 leagues or other domestic endorsements. Cricket boards from various countries distribute commercial rights differently, and in some cases do not distribute it at all. But due to higher cricket salaries in recent years, it has accounted for a higher inequality amongst players.