With the advent of T20, cricket as a game has grown tremendously in terms of incomes and commercial gains. Cricketers, these days, are getting paid a hefty amount of sum as you will notice the steep rise in their incomes.
TV commercials are a major source of income for cricketers in today’s times. Players like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, and many others bag record-breaking deals in their kitty from big companies. Ever since IPL was formed, the number of T20 leagues all over the world has only increased.
CPL, BBL, PSL, Mzansi Super League and now even leagues like T10 have come to the fray. The growing popularity of the shorter version of the game has leveraged big investors to invest in teams and players.
Fans have always been inquisitive about how much their favourite players earn. As a result, we have compiled a list of 5 cricketers (currently playing or retired) in the world with the highest net-worth.
#5 Shane Warne – US $50 million
Shane Warne is one of the greatest players ever to grace this beautiful game. Called by many as the greatest spinner of all-time, Shane Warne picked more than 1000 international wickets in his 15-year long career.
Controversies have been part and parcel of his life. His net worth is US $50 million as of 2018. He is a professional poker player and a TV show host. He runs many businesses as well.
The legendary spinner Shane Warne joined the Rajasthan Royals for a sum of US $450,000. He led Rajasthan Royals as captain in IPL’s 1st edition and won the trophy for the franchise. He has played in several other T20 leagues as well. You will majorly find him in the cricket com box.
#4 Virat Kohli – US $60 million
Virat Kohli is a force to be reckoned with in cricket. The Indian skipper is having the time of his life as he is scoring runs in abundance while breaking records left, right and center.
Virat Kohli was the only Indian to be featured on Forbes‘ World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018 list. The Team India skipper has had a phenomenal year in 2017, which helped him earn the 83rd spot with earnings of up to ₹160 crore — about ₹150 crore of this came from his many endorsement deals. His net worth is in and around US $60 million.
Virat Kohli is the most popular name in cricket right now and his staggering deal with MRF is the proof. He also holds 2% stake in ISL team FC Goa. He has launched a number of brands as well like Wrogn.
#3 Ricky Ponting – US $65 million
Regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all-time, Ricky Ponting is also one of the most successful captains of all-time as well. He led Australia to two World Cup trophies in 2003 and 2007.
He played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians in IPL. Later on, he has also served in coaching positions for several IPL teams.
He has a net worth of US $65 million. Can you believe it?
#2 MS Dhoni – US $110 million
MS Dhoni takes the 2nd position in this list with a whopping net worth of US $110 million. He is regarded as one of the best finishers of all-time. He led India’s charge as captain and won ICC T20 World Cup 2007, ICC World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
He came on 23rd in annual Forbes list of ‘the highest paid athletes’ in 2015. He is also the co-owner of ISL team Chennaiyan FC. During his illustrious career, he has been one of the highest paid cricketers in the world.
He has a number of endorsement deals and remains one of the most influential icons in sports even today.
#1 Sachin Tendulkar – US $160 million
Sachin Tendulkar comes 1st on this list with a staggering net worth of US $160 million. Arguably the greatest cricketer of all time, Sachin Tendulkar is the only player to hit 100 international centuries.
His arrival in Indian cricket brought a lot of global brands for their names to show on Indian jersey. He changed Indian cricket’s landscape and his effect has been an everlasting one. He holds the co-ownership of Kerala Blasters in ISL. During his career, he has endorsed for big brands like Pepsico, Coca-Cola, MRF, and many others.
He played for Mumbai Indians in IPL and currently has a mentorship role at the franchise. Awarded India’s highest civilian award ‘Bharat Ratna’, cricket would never be the same without Sachin Tendulkar.