Cricket is the most popular sport in the world. Owing to the fan following cricketers enjoy on the social media and how people go gaga over their style of playing, cricketers are no less than celebrities across the globe. Whether it is Sachin Tendulkar from India or Rickey Ponting from Australia, they are the apple of the eyes of every cricket fan. Since these cricketers are in huge demand, they are often associated with well-known brands that pay them highly for endorsing their brands/products. Besides this, they earn a good amount through international matches spanning acrossT20, ODI and Test matches as well as franchise based leagues such as IPL which adds on to their net worth. Ever wondered what is the net worth of your favourite cricketer or who is the richest cricketer in the world? If yes, then read more to know about the leading cricketers and their earnings!
Top 10+ Richest Cricketers in the World 2021
1. Sachin Tendulkar (India)
Master blaster made his Test debut in 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi. He was the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs (one-day internationals). And is the only cricket player who has completed more than 30,000 runs on the international team.
Little Master has also received Bharat Ratna in the year 2014 for his immense contribution to sports. Owing to his illustrious career in cricket, he soon became the talk of the town and face of many brands. He is best known for the Boost and Reynolds ad that got him fame in his initial days.
Over the years Sachin has been associated with many numerous brands that include Coca Cola, Adidas, BMW India, Toshiba and others. He is currently endorses Luminous India, ESPN star sports, Sanyo BPL, Musafir.com. Tendulkar has invested in various fields like real estate, which has made him a millionaire and the richest sportsperson in India. In accordance with his association with BCCI, he receives approximately Rs.2 Crore. He has several luxurious cars that include BMW and Ferrari.
Some other facts related to the God of cricket are: He was the first cricketer to sign a ₹100-crore deal when he became the brand ambassador of MRF tires. He owns the property of more than 500 crores and is currently the chief mentor of 4-time IPL winners – Mumbai Indians.
Sachin Tendulkar Net Worth: Rs.1090 Crore ($170 Million)
Annual Income: Rs. 76, 96, 00,000 crore
Brand Endorsement Fee: Rs. 15 Crores
2. Virat Kohli (India)
The present captain Virat Kohli, fondly known as Kohli, is amongst the top 10 richest cricketer in the world. Ever since he was 3, he started showing interest in cricket and, as a result, today he is the most famous cricketer. In 2008, Virat made his debut in cricket and played his first test match in 2011.
Known as the fastest batsman, Virat has made 8,000, 9,000, 10,000, 11,000 and 12,000 runs in ODI cricket. And, has managed to have the best Test rating-937 points, T20I rating- 897 points and ODI rating of -911 points. He is also known for his cover drives. Under his captaincy, under 19s won the 2008 Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia. In 2013, he was selected as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL)
He is ranked at the top in the list of most famous athletes by ESPN and TIME magazine in 2018 has counted the Indian skipper amongst the 100 most influential people in the world. That’s not it; in the year 2020, Forbes ranked him 100th in the list of highest-paid athletes in the World. Many of you might not know that Virat is the highest paid cricketer in IPL.
Today Kohli is a colossal brand itself. You will find him in every or another ad. Currently, he is endorsing more than 20 brands that include Gulf oil, Oppo, TVs, Master card and Sunfeast. He also owns fashion brands- One8 and Wrogn.
Virat Kohli Net Worth: Rs. 980 crores ($ 130 Million)
Annual Income: 60 crore
Brand Endorsement Fee: Rs. 4-5 crores
IPL Salary: Rs 17 crore
3. MS Dhoni (India)
Next on our list of the richest cricketer in the World is Captain Cool. Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni led the team to win the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. He is one of the highest run-scorers in ODIs (One Day Internationals) as he has scored more than 10,000 runs. Known for his wicket-keeping, the cricketer has made India proud across the globe. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India became the first cricket team to defeat Australia in Test Series. In 2014, he announced his retirement from Test Matches but continued as the captain of Super Kings in IPL matches.
He has been listed as ”Most influential people in the world” By Time Magazine. Currently, he is a Vice President of India Cements Ltd. More than half of his revenue is incurred from brand endorsements, making him one of the wealthy cricketers of the country.
MS Dhoni is presently endorsing Dream 11, Oppo and Indigo Paints, to name a few. Not many know that Dhoni has a keen interest in bikes and cars. From his first second-hand Yamaha RX100 to the latest owned Pontiac Firebird, the cricketer is the owner of more than 100 bikes and numerous cars, that suffice his net worth.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni Net Worth: 826 crores ($110 Million)
Career: 2004 – Present
Annual Income: 50 Crore
Brand Endorsement Fee: Rs. 4-6 crores
IPL Salary: Rs 15 crore
4. Ricky Ponting (Australia)
The Australian cricket coach is one of the most richest cricketers in the World. His meteoric rise in international cricket has majorly impacted the huge compensation he draws today, making him one of the highest-paid cricketers across the globe. He was the most successful captain with more than 200 victories in nearly 324 matches. The Australian legend also captained his home team during the 2003 and 2007 World cups.
The cricketer is best known as the excellent right-handed batsman and slip/close catching fielder. In 2000, he was labelled as the cricketer of the decade. He is ranked second in the list of cricketers by a number of international centuries after Sachin Tendulkar. Also, he is amongst the top 4 players to score 13,000 Test runs. He is the only cricketer who has been part of the maximum ODI wins that is 262. Over the years Ponting has endorsed several brands like automotive lubricants maker Valvoline, Rexona, Adidas and Tasmania.
Ricky Ponting Net Worth: Rs. 500 Crores ($70 Million)
Career: 1995 -2012
Annual income: Rs 37 Lakh
5. Brian Lara (West Indies)
Brian Lara, aka Princey, is also one of the highest-paid cricketers in the World. The former international cricketer has topped many Test batting rankings and holds many cricketing records that include his highest score in first-class cricket; with 501 not out in 1994. Also, he was the highest scorer in the test matches. The famous skipper retired in 2007 after an illustrious cricket career. Lara boasts of different batting techniques, which made him one of the best batsmen of the generation. Brian Lara is a known cricket expert these days and is one of the on-air commentators in the IPL.
Brian Lara Net Worth: Rs. 415 Crores ($60 Million)
Career: 1990- 2007
6. Sourav Ganguly (India)
Sourav Chandidas Ganguly, aka Dada, has been a legendry cricketer and now Indian cricket administrator and a successful commentator. Sourav Ganguly, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, is currently president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. In his remarkable career, he was the World’s leading batsman and a most successful captain.
Ganguly caught many fancies for his performance for India on the tour of England; he made 131 runs and became a crucial player of team Indi. His milestones include the highest runs (318) that he made in the partnership with Rahul Dravid in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. In the latter year, he was selected as the captain of the Indian cricket team.
He ranks at 8th number in the list of highest run-scorer in ODIs, and historically, he was the third batsman to cross the 10,000 run landmark. In 2008, Ganguly captained the Kolkata Knight Riders team for IPL. In 2009, he declared retirement from the international series.
After his retirement as well Brand value of Ganguly remains at the peak making him one of the richest cricketers in the World. Today he earns massive as a commentator in International and National Cricket matches.
Net Worth: Rs. 365 Crores ($50 Million)
Annual Income: 24 Crores
Brand Endorsement Fee: 1.35 Crores
7. Shane Warne (Australia)
The Australian ace spinner Shane Warne took retirement from international cricket in 2007. However, he continued to play cricket. In 2008, he joined Rajasthan Royals as the captain, and the team got it’s first-ever victory in the same year. The cricketer stepped down as the player but continues to co-own the team. And in 2020, he wass selected as the brand ambassador and mentor of RR. He has his clothing line ‘Spinners’.
In his cricket career is has taken the maximum number of wickets after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan. He was also a crucial part of the Australian squad in the 1999 World Cup. The charismatic cricketer is globally considered one of the best bowlers till date.
In 2016, the legendary spinner came into the limelight when the show’s makers of – I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Paid him the whopping amount of $1million to appear in the show which increased his annual income exponentially.
Net Worth: Rs.346 Crores ($50 Million)
8. Virender Sehwag (India)
Talking about the wealthiest player in the World, how can we not add Virender Sehwag. He joined the Indian cricket team in 2001. Owing to his magnetic performance, the cricketer was honoured as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in the year 2009. He was the first to receive this honour. The former cricketer holds several records, including the highest (319) score made by the Indian cricketer in the Test match against South Africa.
Also, he is one of the top cricketers who has made more than 300 runs twice in the Test match. The “Nawab of Najafgarh’’ has been long associated with IPL match as he has captained Delhi Daredevils. He has endorsed brands like Samsung Mobiles, Adidas Reebok, Hero Honda etc. that has made him earn huge in last years.
Net Worth: Rs. 286 Crores ($ 40 Million)
Annual Income: 18 Crores
9. Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
The South African cricket coach Jacques Kallis is one of the established and richest cricketers that we have so far. The all-rounder cricketer had a memorable career being the greatest batsman in South Africa Team. He remains to be the only player in the history of cricket who has scored over 10,000 runs and has taken more than 250 wickets in a Test match and ODI. In 2008, he was named as a Leading cricketer in the World.
In 2014, Kallis took his retirement, and in 2019, he returned as the coach of the team. Presently, he is appointed as England’s batting consultant for the Test series.
Net Worth: Rs.514 crores ($70 Million)
Career: 1995 -2014
Annual Income: Rs. 14-15 crores
10. Yuvraj Singh (India)
The former Indian cricketer has played the game in all formats. He is an all-rounder player as he knew all the tricks of the game. Though there are several records to his credit, no cricket lover can forget the famous six sixes he made against England in the 2007 World T20, which was the first time in Test matches. He is one of the cricketers to make the fastest half-century in a T20 match.
At the IPL auction in 2014, Royal Challengers Bangalore bought Yuvraj at the massive price of 14 crore, which was the highest until 2020.
Net Worth: Rs 255 crore ($ 35 Million)
Annual Income: 12 Crore
Brand Endorsement Fee: Rs. 8 crores
11. Ab De Villiers (South Africa)
We could not conclude our list of the richest cricketer in the World without Ab De Villiers, aka Abraham Benjamin. He is noted as the most innovative and destructive player in the history of cricket. He has marked a record of fastest ODI century that too in only 31 balls. In 2018, he announced his retirement but is still part of IPL. Currently, he is one of the best players of CSK. In 2021 IPL, he received the whopping amount of Rs. 110,000,000. He has been associated with brands like WROGN, CAMEO and many others, to list
Net Worth: Rs. 148 crores ($21 million)
Annual Income: Rs. 21 crore
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With the increase in demand and exposure, cricketers today have got a star-like status. This is the reason why most of the brands consider them to be the face of their brands. They earn a huge amount through different formats of cricket that played in a year, which make them wealthy.
Presently, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are leading the race of richest cricketers in the World.
Both the cricketers are the highest-paid players; Virat Kohli has a Net worth of 980 crores that beats Dhoni’s net worth amount, which is 826 crore.
Virat Kohli gets the highest salary with a total income of $24 million in 2021.