If you're an American or a European, there are many chances you did not hear much of cricket. But it is the most popular sport in Asia and a very important one in the UK, South Africa, and Australia. This sport has many elements of baseball but it has a higher complexity.
Cricket players are quite well paid, and they also win a lot from brand endorsements and various T20 leagues. Now let's see who are:
Virat Kohli is the current captain of the India national cricket team and one of the richest cricket players in the world, his net worth reaching $50M.
Kohli's huge net worth comes from various sources, other than cricket:
co-owner of soccer team Indian Super League club FC Goa, since 2014, as he "wanted football to grow in India".
co-owner of the International Premier Tennis League franchise UAE Royals, since 2015.
co-owner of the Bengaluru Yodhas franchise in Pro Wrestling League, since Dec. 2015.
youth fashion brand WROGN (2014).
part-owner and brand ambassador of the social networking venture 'Sport Convo'.
investments in the Chisel gyms and fitness centers in India (US$13 million).
investments in the children's fitness venture called Stepathlon Kids.
endorsement deals - in 2013 his brand endorsements were worth over US$14 million. In 2017, he signed an eight-year endorsement deal with Puma worth about US$15 million.
Brian Lara is a Trinidadian former international cricketer. His net worth is estimated at $60M as of 2021, according to the website Celebrity Net Worth.
"The mental strength is important and that is really where I feel I come in as an experienced player, someone who has played in a winning team and now plays in a team that's not doing too well." - Brian Lara
He has broken many records, for example, the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, which is the only quintuple hundred in first-class cricket history. He also holds the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004.
He was awarded the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World awards in 1994 and 1995.
Named "Cricketer of the Decade 2000", Ricky Ponting is an Australian cricket coach, commentator, and former cricketer, one of the most successful & richest captains in international cricket history, with 220 victories in 324 matches.
Since 2019 he is the assistant coach of the Australian national men's cricket team. Ponting's net worth is roughly $95M as of 2021.
"Every decision you make in life, not just on the sporting field - a lot of time and energy goes into it. You think things through before you make decisions and you always think the decision you make at the time is going to be the right one." - Ricky Ponting
Let's see some of his achievements:
He reached the highest rating achieved by a Test batsman for 50 years in December 2006.
He was part of the 1999 World Cup-winning team under Steve Waugh.
He also led Australia to ICC Champions Trophy victory twice in a row, in 2006 and 2009.
Australia's leading run-scorer in Test and ODI cricket.
The only cricketer with 100 Test victories and had the most ODI victories as a player, with 262 wins.
MS Dhoni is an Indian international cricket player, the captain of the Indian national team from 2007 to 2017. He is the second richest cricketer in the world, nicknamed by fans "Captain Cool".
His net worth is estimated at $170M, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com. Besides cricket, his wealth comes from many sources:
"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." - MS Dhoni
In 2015, he was ranked by Forbes 23rd in the list of highest-paid athletes in the world, with an estimated net worth of $31 million at that time.
Sachin Tendulkar occupies the highest position in our Top Richest Cricketers In The World, with a net worth that reaches $200 million. He does not play anymore, he is the former captain of India's cricket team and he's widely regarded as the greatest batsman of all time, with a career that spanned 24 years.
“If you remain humble, people will give you love and respect even after you have finished with the game. As a parent, I would be happier hearing people say, “Sachin is a good human being” than “Sachin is a great cricketer” any day.” - Sachin Tendulkar
He is nicknamed Little Master and Master Blaster and has broken lots of records throughout his career:
“People throw stones at you and you convert them into milestones.”
Sachin Tendulkar's net worth comes not only from cricket, but also from various endorsements, and from his real estate investments.
As you can see, most of the cricket players presented here are from India.
We listed in this article the wealthiest cricket players in the world - Top 5, but let's see the whole top 10:
#1. Sachin Tendulkar - $200 million
#2. MS Dhoni - $170 million
#3. Ricky Ponting - $95 million
#4. Brian Lara - $60 million
#5. Virat Kohli - $50 million
#6. Shane Warne - $50 million
#7. Virender Sehwag - $40 million
#8. Jacques Kallis - $35 million
#9. Yuvraj Singh - $35 million
#10. Shane Watson - $25 million
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