Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world, with a massive global following. Many cricketers have become multi-millionaires thanks to their talent, hard work, and endorsement deals. Here are the top 10 richest cricketers in the world:
Sachin Tendulkar is the richest cricketer in the world. He is the only cricketer in the world who holds the record of most hundreds in international cricket. Sachin Tendulkar's net worth is estimated to be $170 million (1090 crores). Sachin Tendulkar is a brand ambassador for a number of multinational companies, including Pepsi, Luminous, BMW, Adidas, Canon, Phillips, Britannia, VISA, Castrol, and others. Now Sachin Tendulkar is trying to support those sports that has lesser-known in India.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the second richest cricketer in the world. The Indian cricket team won two Asia Cups, an ICC Champions Trophy, an ICC T20 World Cup, and the historic 2011 Cricket World Cup when Dhonis was captain. MS Dhoni's net worth is estimated to be $111 million (about Rs 767 crore).MS Dhoni has endorsed nearly every other well-known brand, including Reebok, TVS Motors, Red Bus, Sony Bravia, Lays, Amrapali, Snickers, GoDaddy, Colgate, Orient, Gulf Oil, and many more. For approximately 7-8 years, he was also a Reebok brand ambassador, and Forbes named him one of the highest-paid athletes in 2018.
Virat Kohli is the third richest cricketer in the world. Virat Kohli is currently the best batsman in the world. Virat Kohli has a net worth of $92 million rupees (638 crores). He has the most followed Instagram account in India, with 183 million followers. He secured a five-crore deal with Audi India in 2015, and he sponsored companies including Pepsi, Valvoline, Google, Hero Moto Corp, Colgate, Tissot, TTooYummy, and Manyavar, among others. In 2018, Virat was named as an Uber Brand Ambassador. He is the world's highest-paid cricket player.
Ricky Ponting is the fourth richest cricketer in the world and first richest cricketer in Australia. Ricky Ponting has had an incredible cricketing career, winning three World Cups in a row, two as captain, and accumulating 27,000 runs in 560 games for Australia. Ricky Ponting's net worth is estimated to be $70 million (500 crores). Valvoline, Adidas, Pura Milk, Rexona, kookaburra bats, and many more businesses have endorsed him. He was a popular Channel 9 analyst and is now the head coach of the Delhi Capitals IPL team.
Brian Lara is the fifth richest cricketer in the world and the first richest cricketer in West Indies. He also holds the record for the greatest individual score in a test match, with 400 not out in an innings against England in 2004. He has the second-highest score in cricket history. Brian Lara has a net worth of $60 million (about Rs. 415 crore. Brain Lara is a well-known philanthropist who started the Pearl and Bunty Lara Foundation, which helps people with social care issues. Lara was also a brand ambassador for MRF, an Indian tyre firm that helped it attain international acclaim. After retiring, Lara took up a new hobby and became a professional golfer, winning multiple international tournaments in the way.
Shane Warne is the sixth richest cricketer in the world and the second richest cricketer in Australia. The famous leg spinner is known across the world for his ability to take wickets. Shane Warne has a net worth of $50 million (about 346 crores). Since his retirement, he has put a lot of money into his charitable organization, which focuses on helping children. He endorsed brands like Pepsi, McDonald’s, Victoria Bitter, etc. He was also the captain of the Rajasthan Royals franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is now the team's current team mentor.
Jacques Kallis is the seventh richest cricketer in the world and the first South African on this list. In 519 international appearances for South Africa, Jacques Kallis has scored 25,534 runs and taken 577 wickets. Jacques Kallis has a net worth of $48 million (about 339 crores).In 2017, Kallis was appointed as the brand ambassador of Advanced Hair Studio India. Kallis played a key role in making Kolkata Knight Riders the champions.
Virender Sehwag is the eighth richest cricketer in the world and the fourth Indian on this list. He is the first batter to reach a triple century in the fastest way and the highest scorer in a Test match. Virender Sehwag has a net worth of $40 million rupees (277 crores). Virender Sehwag created an international school for children with disabilities in his spare time. He now works as a commentator for Star India. For a long period, Viru was Hero Honda's brand ambassador. He also endorses a number of multinational brands, including Reebok, Samsung, Boost, Adidas, and others.
Yuvraj Singh is the ninth richest cricketer in the world and the fifth Indian cricketer. He came to popularity after hitting six sixes in six balls against Stuart Broad's bowling in a game against England. Yuvraj Singh has a net worth of $35 million (about Rs. 245 crores). He founded the "YouWeCan" charity, which supports cancer patients' treatment as well as a variety of other humanitarian issues. Yuvraj has launched his own fashion company, YWC, which has got a lot of positive acclaims.
Shane Watson is the tenth richest cricketer in the world and the third Australian cricketer. Shane Watson was previously a key member of Australia's team in every series and tournament across the world. In 307 international appearances for Australia, Watson has scored 10950 runs and 281 wickets. Shane Watson has $30 million (210 crores) as net worth. Shane Watson was the most expensive player purchased in the 2016 IPL auction, with RCB signing him to a two-year contract at 9.5 crores each year.