Richest Cricketers in the World
Mansoor Ali Pataudi a former veteran of Indian cricket once said that “if international cricket council is the voice of cricket then the board of cricket for India is the invoice of cricket”. As in simple, the board of cricket control for India has immense power and money with it. Cricket being the most famous sport among the countries has become the epicenter for business and entertainment. As the sudden surge in the popularity of cricket within the recent decade has to lead to the organizing of cricket tournaments at various levels by authorities.
India is the prime hub of cricket, and at least generates approx 80% of the total revenue through cricket of the world altogether. With the recent transformation in cricket format, it has transformed it into one of the best amalgamations of entertainment and a fast action game that was accepted with great prowess. This transformation has also brought out great opportunities for players at every level along with the lucrative amount of money. India has surely many of its legends in the enumeration of the top richest cricketers of the world. Today we are going to take you through short insights of the richest cricketers in the World.
Richest Cricketer of the World
#10. Rahul Dravid – $22.6 Million
Richest Cricketers of the World: The famous Rahul Dravid has been protecting the Indian cricket team under every adverse situation. Nicknamed as “The Wall”, Rahul Dravid was born on 11 January 1973 at Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Rahul Dravid has the reputation of being one of the finest players in test matches. The high grade of patience along with excellent skills has brought many bowlers under critical situations.
He is the only player in the Indian cricket team to score centuries in all tests while playing for the nation which is a unique record in its aspect. Rahul Dravid started his career as in the first-class format for the team of Karnataka. He made his debut in the Indian national team in ODI cricket against Sri Lanka. Hailing from his hometown Karnataka he played with RCB in IPL for the first four seasons and then shifted to Rajasthan Royals in 2011. He currently mentors the U-19 Indian cricket team and Delhi daredevils. He has been honored with prestigious awards like Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
#9. Yuvraj Singh – $35.5 Million
Yuvraj Singh is an international cricketer from Chandigarh, India born on 12 December 1981. The expertise of cricket flows in his blood as he is the son of the former cricket veteran Yograj Singh. He performs as Batsman left-handed and bowls slow left arm. He has been part of the Indian cricket team for ODI and made his test debut in 2003.
His performance in twenty20 world cup 2007 is one of his commendable performances which leads India to win consecutive matches. Yuvraj is known for his famous six sixes in an over to Stuart Board in a match against England. His early earnings range from $6 million per annum and received a salary of $1.8 million from IPL 10.
#8. Virender Sehwag – $ 40 Million
Richest Cricketers in the World: Virender Sehwag hails from Delhi and was born on 20 October 1978. He is nicknamed as Viru and famous for his boundary-crossing sixes, high scorer in few numbers of balls. The high strike rate of Sehwag is what differentiated him from others.
Sehwag played as a right a right-handed batsman and even bowled as off-spinner. In spite of his retirement from cricket, he earns an amount of$5 million through his endorsements and commentary.
#7. Shane Watson – $40 Million
Shane Watson, an Australian international cricketer plays for his home team and was born on 17 June 1981. He is nicknamed as Watto and lays expertise over batting as well as bowling. His skills are sufficient to put the opposite team in a miserable situation. He is one among the top paid cricketer to play in the Indian premier league.
Shane Watson is the only player to stay at number one position for T20 ranking by international cricket council for 150 weeks. Watson has a spectacular love for his cars and owns a house of $9.7 million.
#6. Shahid Afridi – $41 Million
Sahibzada Mohamed Shahid Khan is the full name of Shahid Afridi, former captain of Pakistan national team was born on 1 March 1980. His height goes for 6’0′ and nicknamed as boom Afridi. He is known all over the world for his aggressive batting form and holds records for 97 wickets with a maximum number of awards in T20 international cricket.
Very close to the time he holds the records for the fastest ODI century in 39 deliveries and hitting a maximum number of sixes in the history of ODI cricket. His expertise in bowling also speaks about him as he has taken 48 test wickets in 350 over’s in ODI. There is also a philanthropist part of Shahid Afridi which is mostly done by Shahid Afridi Foundation and is named among the top 20 charitable athletes in the world. Afridi took retirement from cricket on 19 February 2017.
#5. Shane Warne – $50 Million
He is among the rarest leg spinners to be seen in the whole cricket history. Shane Warne hails from Upper Ferntree Gully, Australia and was born on the 17th of June 1981. Warne has a huge legacy for his performance as a cricketer and has more than 1000 international wickets under his legacy hat. In order to tribute to Warne after his retirement, Sri Lanka and Australia series were renamed as “Warne-Muralitharan” trophy.
Along with being a top-class bowler, he was also lower-order batsman which brought him 3000 runs under his credit. He is famously known for his incredible “ball of the century” when he pitched the ball to outside off-stump but it went on to take leg stump to opener Andrew Strauss of England. He also showed his presence in IPL while playing for Rajasthan Royals as a captain. He also didn’t remain far from controversies which got him bans from few matches and hefty fines. Post his retirement from cricket he adjoined himself as the role of cricket commentator and also plays as a professional poker from Australia.
#4. Virat Kohli – $60 Million
Richest Cricketers in the World: The name and fame of Virat Kohli are spread all across the globe for his excellence over batting. He is currently leading team India and was born on 5 November 1988. His continued efforts and hard work are what leads him to achieve huge success by winning world cup 2011.
He has received various awards for his excellent performance and one of them was being honored with the Arjun award in 2013. He is among the best modern cricketer in the world. He recently out passed MS Dhoni and became the highest-paid cricketer in the world. Recently upon renewing the contract with royal challengers, Bangalore has fetched him with $2.26 million at IPL 10.
#3. Ricky Ponting – $65 Million
Richest Cricketers of the World: One of the finest cricketers of all time hails from Australia. He is considered as one of the most successful captains ever to lead an Australian team, which escalated the Australia team to be a non-defeatable team all over the world. He leads the record of playing “most international matches as captain” of which are in total 324 matches in all three formats. During his captaincy for a decade to Australia team, he won Aussies world cup for two consecutive years in 2003 and 2007.
Throughout his career, he hailed the position for the top scorer for Australia in all the formats and second-highest runs scoring cricketer in the world. He made his debut in IPL through Kolkata Knight Riders and has been mentoring Mumbai Indians since 2014. This fabulous cricketer also been actively involved in the terms of philanthropy and is actively involved in the cure of the children diagnosed with cancer.
#2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni – $103 Million
The one and only captain cool of cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born on the 7th of July in Ranchi of Bihar. MS Dhoni is the second Indian cricketer worldwide to cross net worth of $100 million in his cricket career. Dhoni is considered as one of the best game finishers during the tenure of almost 10 years. Dhoni embraces the record of holding captaincy of a team in all three consecutive ICC tournaments (ICC T20 World Cup 2007, ICC World Cup 2011, and ICC Champions Trophy 2013). He also holds the record of winning 100 ODI matches as the first Indian captain.
In the popular Indian Premier League (IPL) he captained the Chennai team till 2015 and then shifted to Rising Pune Supergiants. M S Dhoni is always considered as the best finisher to any game and even considered as a messiah for losing the game. M S Dhoni has been award with various career glittering awards from which includes the prestigious Padma Shri and various international awards for his fabulous cricket performance. The highest number of endorsements to be held by any cricketer is one and only M.S Dhoni which propelled his position to be on 23rd position of Forbes “the highest-paid athletes” list. Dhoni is the richest active cricketer in the world.
#1. Sachin Tendulkar – $118 Million
Richest Cricketers in the World: Sachin Tendulkar needs no introduction in the game of cricket. He is considered as the “GOD” of cricket as no other cricketer seems to wander around his scores and records. Although the cricketer has taken retirement from his humongous career still his aura remains etched with the cricket. Sachin Tendulkar is one and the only cricketer to score 100 international centuries and the highest number of runs in ODI and test matches.
The wonderful career of this master blaster began as a skinny 16- year old boy against the merciless Pakistan bowling line- up. The career of Sachin Tendulkar lasted for a great 25 years in which he brought great glory to the nation. He was honored with the highest honor of the nation “Bharat Ratna”. He is from the very beginning supporting his home team Mumbai Indians through captaincy in IPL. He has been endorsing various brands for a long time which brings him an approximate earning of $18 million per annum. His autobiography ”playing it my way” has broken all the records in terms of pre-ordered copies in any segment of the Indian book industry.