Being a crucial part of the world’s most beloved game, cricketers are not so strangers to huge recognition and fan base as they are few of the famous among the athletes. This massive stardom adds up some unimaginable fortune to them. Players’ social media presence became powerful wands in the digital marketing of their engaged brand endorsements. Some of our heroes are also playing well at their businesses. These are the updated list of top 10 cricketers bagging a healthy amount of wealth by performing well at both scoreboard and business world.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Our ‘Master Blaster’ is the Richling among all. Even though he has retired from the game, he manages his fortune through numerous brand associations and building his business empire. He’s in almost two decades of relationship with brands like MRF and Boost. He is also associated with other brands like Cello, Britannia, Castrol, Luminous, etc. Tendulkar is also a shareholder in Musafir, a UAE-based travel company and stakeholder in Manipal group, Smash Entertainment, and was co-owner of Indian super league club Kerala blasters. Thus, in this way, this 46-year-old dynamite maintains his ‘870 crores’ INR of fortune.
2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
With his ultimate wicket-keeping skills, MS Dhoni had a record of 152 dismissals in IPL history, and this former Indian captain was also listed among ‘Top 100 influential people in the world’ by times magazine. Being one of the highest-paid cricketers, Dhoni has his endorsements with a few big brands like Sony Bravia, Gulf Oil, Orient, GoDaddy, etc. He’s also a shareholder in Rithi Sports. He also owns his clothing and footwear brand named SEVEN. Thus, he builds his wealth of ‘840 crore rupees’ in this manner.
3. Virat Kohli
Let us take a look at the ‘Man on Fire’ who’s the world’s most-followed cricketer on social media. Our man’s popularity made him the brand ambassador for some top brands like Audi, MRF, Colgate, etc. He is also the owner of profitable brands like One8, Wrogn, and a fitness center chain named Chisel fitness. He has collaborated with Puma. Being one of the complete batsmen of this era, Virat has also been named one of the most marketable athletes by Forbes magazine. Hence, he stands in third place with ‘696’ crore rupees of net worth.
4. Ricky Ponting
At 4th place, we have this Australian cricketer regarded as the great captain of all time with a winning ratio of 67.9 %. Australia won two world cups under Ricky’s dedicated captaincy. Being a commentator and coach, this retired sportsman has also launched his wine label named Ponting Wines. He is also engaged in collaborations with brands like Rexona, Adidas, and more. He’s currently working as a coach for Delhi Capitals in IPL with a salary between Rs8-10 crores per season. Ponting’s estimated net worth is $65 million (Rs492 crores).
5. Brian Lara
Brian is no stranger to cricket followers; this West Indian cricketer is the most renowned left-hand batsman in the entire world. Lara set a world record as the first batsman with an individual score of 400* in a test match against England in 2004. His estimated net worth is $60 million (Rs 454 crores). Brain’s majority earnings are from cricket, where his endorsements with a few brands like MRF uplifted his fortune. He also started a healthcare foundation named after his parents, Pearl and Bunty Lara Foundation.
6. Shane Warne
Shane is the only bowler we have on this list; he has regarded as one of the most valuable bowlers in the world. This former Australian bowler has a world record with the most Test Wickets of 708. In 1994, Shane was honored as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the year. This man is a literal ‘Spin Idol’ for most young bowlers. In 2013 Shane was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Mr. Warne, who also owns his apparel brand, recently turned his Gin business into a hand sanitizer factory. He is also engaged in endorsements with brands like Pepsi and McDonalds. The estimated net worth of Shane is $50 million (Rs394 crores).
7. Virender Sehwag
Sehwag is considered one of the most aggressive opening batsmen of all time in cricket history. He’s also one of the best all-rounders on the Indian team. He is the first Indian batsman named Wisden Leading Cricketer in the world. His net worth is approximately 303 crore rupees. Apart from his successful cricket career, he has endorsements with Reebok, Boost, Hero Honda, Adidas, etc. He has also launched his own sports collection brand VIRU RETAIL PVT LTD.
8. Jacques Kallis
Kallis has regarded as one of the world’s best all-rounders of all time. This former South African cricketer and coach has an estimated $35 million (Rs296 crores). Kallis gained most of his fortune through cricket. Even though he is retired, he maintains his 7-figured salary as a coach.
9. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh is one of the most valuable yet costliest players ever sold out at a very high bid of 14 and 16 crores by RCB and Delhi Daredevils in the 2014 and 2015 IPL Seasons. He is also one of the cricketers with most brand endorsements and got signed by top brands like Pepsi, Reebok, LG, Royal Stag, Benz, etc. In addition, he is amusing for so many fashion brands in India. Singh’s estimated net worth is Rs295 crores approximately.
10. Shane Watson
Shane Watson is one of the best all-rounders and eminent white-ball bowlers in the whole world. Forbes magazine consecutively, Shane was one of the highest-paid non-Indian cricketers from 2011-2015. Watson has secured numerous achievements in all gaming formats. This former Australian cricketer was the no.1 T20I all-rounder for almost 150 weeks. He won the player of the series in several matches. He debuted in IPL with Chennai Super Kings in the year 2018. Shane’s net worth is about 255 crores INR.