Over the years, cricket has gained massive popularity across the globe. The advent of the T20 leagues has been highly successful and cash is flowing into the game big time now. Cricket has been commercialized way more than ever before and it is just the beginning.
Cricketers nowadays earn a lot through massive paycheques to play these leagues, brand endorsements, and partnerships. Cricketers now enjoy a lavish lifestyle and many have earned a fortune. Fans are always curious to know how much their favorite players earn and how much they are worth. So here we bring you the list.
Richest Cricketers In The World:
|S.NO||PLAYER||NET WORTH||NET WORTH IN RUPEES|
|1||Sachin Tendulkar||$170 million||INR 1400 crore|
|2||Virat Kohli||$127 million||INR 1048 crore|
|3||MS Dhoni||$113 million||INR 932 crore|
|4||Ricky Ponting||$95 million||INR 784 crore|
|5||Jacques Kallis||$70 million||INR 577 crore|
|6||Brian Lara||$68 million||INR 561 crore|
|7||Virender Sehwag||$40 million||INR 330 crore|
|8||Yuvraj Singh||$37 million||INR 305 crore|
|9||Shane Watson||$35 million||INR 288 crore|
|10||Rohit Sharma||$25 million||INR 206 crore|
1. Sachin Tendulkar – $170 million
The greatest player ever to grace the game; considered God by many; Sachin Tendulkar’s name is enough to create emotional waves for millions of fans worldwide. During his playing career, Sachin Tendulkar used to carry the hopes of a nation upon his shoulders. He re-wrote the history books with his bat and broke almost every batting record out there.
Like the batting charts, the GOAT of cricket also tops the list of the richest cricketers in the world. Sachin Tendulkar has a net worth of $170 million and even after his retirement, he is associated with brands like BMW, Adidas, Pepsi, Castrol, Philips, Luminous, etc.
Sachin Tendulkar was the first-ever cricketer to strike an INR 100 crore deal with MRF during his playing days. He currently co-owns Kerela Blasters, a football club in the ISL, and Tamil Thalaivas, a kabaddi team in the Pro Kabaddi League.
2. Virat Kohli – $127 million
The former India skipper is arguably the greatest batter of the current generation. Virat Kohli is currently one of the most marketable athletes on the planet courtesy of his loyal fanbase and extremely good looks. He currently has no dearth of big brands who want to work with him, hence, he is present in almost every 2nd ad on TV.
According to Forbes, with a net worth of over 127 million dollars, he is the wealthiest cricketer of the year. Virat Kohli is also the most followed Asian on Instagram and thus, he earns a humongous amount through his posts and collaborations on social media.
The Indian cricketer has worked with prestigious brands like Pepsi, Audi India, Manyavar, Google, MRF, Puma, Myntra, Tissot, etc. The list doesn’t end here as Virat Kohli has many other brands in his portfolio. The superstar batter has two fashion lines – One8 and Wrogn. He also co-owns FC Goa, a football club in the Indian Super League.
3. MS Dhoni – $113 million
The only player that could come closer to the popularity of the great Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli is MS Dhoni. The former Indian captain is the 3rd richest cricketer in the world with a net worth of $113 million. On the 15th of August 2022, MSD retired from all forms of cricket but he is still plying his trade for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
Over the course of his career, MS Dhoni endorsed numerous brands. He was the brand ambassador of Reebok for eight long years. He has also been associated with Dream11, Indigo Paints, RedBus, GoDaddy, Bharat Matrimony, Lays, Oreo, Gulf Oil India, and many more; it is a never-ending list.
MS Dhoni has established his own fashion brand ‘Se7en’ and he is also the co-owner of the ISL football club Chennaiyan FC. In 2018, MSD found a place among Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes in the world.
4. Ricky Ponting – $95 million
Former Australian skipper Ricky Pointing sits 4th on the list of the richest cricketers. The Legendary captain was part of the Aussie team that won three consecutive World Cups from 1999 to 2007. In fact, he led the team to two consecutive World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007.
With a net worth of 95 million dollars, Ricky Ponting sits 4th on the list of the richest cricketers. He endorsed brands like Adidas, Puma, Rexona, Valvoline, Kookaburra Bats, and many more.
Post-retirement, Ricky Ponting launched his wine label, Ponting Wines, in a collaboration with a popular Aussie winemaker. Moreover, he also does commentary gigs on various channels, while also serving as the head coach of Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League.
5. Jacques Kallis – $70 million
Arguably the greatest player to play the game; most certainly the greatest all-rounder to grace the game of cricket, Jacques Kallis is up next on our list of the richest cricketers. The former South African player has a net worth of 70 million dollars.
Jacques Kallis accumulated most of his fortune during his international career. He had several endorsements in his bag and also played in the cash-rich league IPL for a few years before calling it a day.
6. Brian Lara – $68 million
Next on the list is none other than the great batter from West Indies, Brian Lara. Considered the greatest batter of all time by many, Brian Lara is undoubtedly the greatest left-handed batter ever. He is the only cricketer ever to score 400 runs in a Test and the record might stay intact for decades or even centuries.
Throughout his career, Brian Lara endorsed MRF alongside other brand endorsements. He featured on the covers of many cricket magazines, including Cricinfo and Wisden Cricket. The cricketer earned royalty from the magazines that had his signature and sold it for $200 per signature. Meanwhile, Brian Lara is currently serving as the batting coach for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.
7. Virender Sehwag – $40 million
With a net worth of 40 million dollars, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag sits 7th on the list of the richest cricketers. He earned himself a massive fanbase courtesy of his destructive batting style and fearless approach during his playing days.
Apart from international cricket, Virender Sehwag played for Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. He also endorsed many international brands like Samsung, Adidas, and Reebok among many. Post-retirement, Virender Sehwag has been doing various commentatory gigs and also launched his own sportswear brand ‘VS by Sehwag’.
8. Yuvraj Singh – $37 million
The architect of India’s two World Cup victories, Yuvraj Singh is next up on the list of richest cricketers with a net worth of over 37 million dollars. Known as the Prince of Indian Cricket, the all-rounder was the key to India’s 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 ODI World Cup wins.
Over his career, Yuvraj Singh has endorsed numerous brands including Reebok, Pepsi, LG, Cadbury, Benz, and Laureus. He also represented Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Pune Warriors India, and Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
Yuvraj Singh was sold as the costliest player ever in two different IPL auctions. Post-retirement, the left-handed southpaw is running a foundation for cancer patients – YouWeCan. He has also launched an apparel brand called ‘YWC’ to support the cause. Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh still has some brand endorsements in his bag.
9. Shane Watson – $35 million
Former all-rounder Shane Watson, with a net worth of over 35 million dollars, comes ninth on the list. The all-rounder had a remarkable career with Australia where he was able to make an impact with bat and ball.
Shane Watson is also one of the most successful players in the Indian Premier League as the all-rounder went on to represent three different franchises in the mega league. Watto began his IPL career playing for Rajasthan Royals before moving to Royal Challengers Bangalore before ending his career while playing for Chennai Super Kings.
Shane Watson endorses brands like Gunn & Moore, Tag Heuer, Asics, Golden Circle, American Express, BEON Performance, etc. The legendary all-rounder is still associated with a few of these brands.
10. Rohit Sharma – $35 million
Tenth on the list is another Indian cricketer, Rohit Sharma, who is the current skipper of the national team. Although he had a rough start during the initial phase, his career took a new step when he started to open the innings.
Rohit Sharma is already one of the most successful white-ball cricketers and is the only person to hit three double centuries in ODI cricket. Apart from his lucrative international career, he also led his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians to a record-breaking five times. He is also one of the leading run-scorers of the tournament.
His continuous success makes him one of the most popular and beloved cricketers across the globe. The batter is associated with some of the top brands like La Liga, Ceat, Nissan, Oppo, Dream11, Birla Sun Life Insurance, etc.