Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world. In cricket there are total 3 formats – ODI Cricket, Test Cricket and Latest T20 cricket. With the evolution of T20 cricket fans took more interest in it because it’s only 4 hours game and full of entertainment. T20 cricket changed the complete terms and made cricketer so much rich because of fast game and to show their ability on the field.
T20 is getting more and more popular across the world and now different countries have their own T20 league with local and foreign players. Some of the popular T20 league around the world is Indian Premier League (IPL), Big Bash league (BBL), CPL, BPL and recent PSL leagues. These T20 tournaments have different home teams and each team gets player via auction or personal cricket contract.
Many cricketers benefitted with this format and their net worth increased rapidly. Some players who are in the business for the long time also earned lots of money with their brand value. Brand is value without doubt and players have to prove them on the field to increase their money and branding value.
Top 10 Richest Cricketers in the World.
#10 Rahul Dravid – US $22.6 million
Rahul Dravid is former Indian cricketer and popularly known as The Wall. He has many nick names in cricket world like Jammy, Mr. Dependable and many more. Rahul Dravid was one of the finest test players India has ever produced. He batted at no. 3 and always heavy on opposition. Once a former Australian Captain Steve Waugh has quoted– “Try to take Dravid’s wicket in first 15 minutes, if you can’t then only try to take remaining wickets”.
Rahul Dravid is second highest run scorer for India after Sachin Tendulkar and also holds the record to score century against all test playing nations. Dravid made his international debut against Sri Lanka and he scored more than 10000 runs in One Day Internationals.
In 2008 Indian Premier League lauched and being from Karnataka he played first 4 seasons for Royal Challengers Bangalore and later joined Rajasthan Royals in 2011. Currently Padma Sri and Padma Bhushan award winner Rahul Dravid is the coach of India U19 team, India A team and Delhi Daredevils team in IPL. Rahul Dravid is 10th richest cricketer in the world.
#9 Yuvraj Singh – $35.5 Million
Yuvraj Singh doesn’t need any introduction as he is clean hitter of the ball and very popular cricketer. He is such an inspiring cricketer because he recovered from cancer successfully and playing for India once again. Yuvraj Singh is role model for many youngsters and he was man of the tournament in ICC Cricket World cup 2011.
The stylish left handed batsman also holds the record of fastest T20 fifty against England in first T20 world cup in South Africa. He scored quick fire 50 in just 12 balls and in the same match hi hits 6 sixes in an over against English fast bowler Stuart Board.
Yuvraj Singh also played IPL for many teams like Kings XI Punjab, RCB and currently playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was one of the costliest players in IPL during 2014 and 2015 IPL and sold for 14 and 16 crores respectively. Yuvraj Singh is 9th richest cricketer in the world.
#8 Virender Sehwag – US $40 million
Virender Sehwag was destructive Indian opener and he changes the course of the game while entering into Indian Cricket Team. Virender Sehwag was headache for world class bowlers as he players with 100+ strike rate. He bought audience back to the test cricket and his idol batsman and player is Sachin Tendulkar.
This dashing opener also scored 2 triple centuries in Test cricket and one double century in ODI cricket. Scoring boundaries and sixes is child’s play for this gentlemen and he shows his strength in IPL cricket as well. Sehwag was the captain of Delhi Daredevils in first and second IPL season and later joined Kings XI Punjab team. Currently Virender Sehwag is winning hearts on social media specially on Twitter with his witty comments and remarks.Virender Sehwag is 8th richest cricketer in the world.
#7 Shane Watson – US $40 million
Shane Watson is one of the best Australian All Rounder who fits into any role in the team. He debuted in 2002 for Australia and came with huge reputation of First Class cricket. He is one of the few underrated cricketer in the era of Michel Hussey, Rickey Ponting, Michael Clarke and Steve Smith. Shane Watson has been consistent performer for the Australian team and in 2016 he retired from International cricket.
He played 8 IPL seasons for Rajasthan Royals team and in 2016 RCB picked him after RR banned from IPL. He was the costliest buy in 2016 IPL for the whopping 9.5 Crores. He also plays in PSL, CPL & BBL and doing good job for the team. Shane Watson is 7th richest cricketer in the world.
#6 Shahid Afridi – US $41 million
Mr. BOOM BOOM is one of the most destructive cricketers of all time. Lala is pure entertainment and created huge fan following from all around the world. Afridi can easily change the course of any game within overs by his bowling & batting. He debuted at the age of 16 and in the very first match he scored fastest ODI century and became the youngest player ever to do so.
He played only 1 IPL season for deccan chargers but playing consistently in BPL, BBL, CPL and recently launched PSL. Apart from cricket he actively involved in social activities and people of Pakistan follows him as their idol. Shahid Afridi is running Shahid Afridi foundation in Pakistan and provides high quality education and health facilities. Shahid Afridi is 6th richest cricketer in the world.
#5 Shane Warne – US $50 million
Shane Warne is one in a million, he is one of the greatest leg spinners cricket ever produced. He is an Australian cricketer and has over 1000 international wickets on his name. He also famously had known for the Ball of the century which he bowls against Andrew Strauss. In 2008 IPL Warne played for Rajasthan Royals in IPL and captained the size. Below his captainship the team won and he represented team till 2011. Shane Warne is 5th richest cricketer in the world.
#4 Virat Kohli – US $53 million
Mr. Consistent should be his second name. Virat Kohli is youth icon of India and heartthrob of the nation. He is young, dynamic and charismatic as a cricketer. In last month he is appointed as a captain for India in ODI and T20 cricket after Dhoni retired as a captain. Now he is captaining all three sides for India.
Kohli was also captain of Indian U19 team during world cup and he won the world cup for India. He played his entire IPL match for RCB team and one of the most valuable players of IPL. In last season of IPL he scored 4 centuries and scored over 900 runs in a single season. He recently scored back to back 4 double centuries in 4 series which is also a record. Virat Kohli is in top 10 players list for highest batting average in ODI cricket. Virat also became the first player in IPL cricket to cross 4000 runs.
In 2014 he signed 100 crores deal with MRF foundation and recently in 2017 completed one more 100 crores deal with Puma. Virat Kohli is 4th richest cricketer in the world.
#3 Ricky Ponting – US $65 million
2 Times world cup winning captain, one of the most successful captain in cricket, the captain of Australian golden era’s name is Ricky Ponting. Ponting has a record of most international matches as a captain as he captained the team in 324 matches in all formats. He won 2003 and 2007 ODI world cup as a captain but never fulfilled his dream to make hat trick.
Ricky ponting is highest run scorer for Australia in all formats and second highest run scorer in cricket history. Ricky ponting’s famous shot is pull shot in cricket which many cricketers admired. Sachin Tendulkar 3rd richest cricketer in the world.
#2 MS Dhoni – US $103 million
Coolest captain in the history of Cricket, Helicopter shot inventor, most successful captain of India all time MS Dhoni doesn’t need any introduction. Dhoni is the only captain in world cricket who has all 3 ICC trophies in his cabinet – ICC Champions Trophy, ICC ODI World Cup, ICC T20 World Cup. Dhoni was the first Indian captain who has 100 ODI wins.
In last month he retired from captainship and broke the heart of whole nation. In IPL 2008 Chennai Super Kings picked him for 6 crores and he was the costliest player during that time. He played for Chennai till 2015 and now part of Pune Super Giants. Dhoni recently removed from Captainship in IPL 2017 as well. He endorses plenty of brands and this is the reason he is second richest cricketer in the world. MS Dhoni is 2nd richest cricketer in the world.
#1 Sachin Tendulkar – US $118 million
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is the God of cricket. His records are unbreakable and his achievements are not easy to reach for any player. He served the country for more than 25 years and gave so many memories to fans. Sachin debuted against Pakistan at the age of only 16. Sachin has played 664 international matches for India and scored over 34K runs.
Sachin Tendulkar was the first person to scored 200 runs in an ODI cricket against South Africa in 2010. He also awarded Bharat Ratna award which is highest honor of India. Sachin Tendulkar played all his matches for Mumbai Indians in an IPL cricket and now mentoring the team. Sachin Tendulkar has signed several deals including his first 5 year deal with WorldTel in 1995. He is co owner of Kerala Blasters team in ISL. Sachin Tendulkar the richest cricketer in the world.
Income Source – Yahoo