Have you seen ‘Chain Kuli Ki Main Kuli’? If not, then, you should. After this movie, a craze started among cricket fans for the bat. However, some die-hard fans are always interested in knowing why the cricketers display stickers on their bats? Well, if you are one of them, then you have reached the right place as we are going to tell you about the top ten cricketers with the highest-paid bat. You might be wondering about their sponsors as well! So, read the article till the end to know everything you wanted to know.
1. Virat Kohli
The “King of the Indian Cricket Team” has attracted many sponsors towards him and he is the most demanded cricketer. The number one batsman has a bat sponsorship contract in his hand with MRF, a tire manufacturing company, worth the amount of 12.5 crores to him for using the MRF sticker on his bat.
2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahi is famous for his helicopter shots and his game is so eye-catching! Mahi’s bat has the logo of Spartan on his sports apparel because Spartan has signed a deal with him of 4.33 crores per year for sticking the sticker of Spartan on his bat, gloves, and helmet.
3. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh is one of the most dedicated and passionate players who fought cancer and made his comeback in cricket, which attracted a PUMA sponsorship. The iconic player signed a fruitful contract worth Rs. 4 crores annually for displaying PUMA’s sticker on his bat which makes him a true example of a passionate dreamer and achiever.
4. Rohit Sharma
“Hitman of Team India” and a truly influential batsman, Mr. Rohit Sharma, has shown his incredible batting skills in the game that has attracted many contracts. This man has signed a deal of 3 crores per year with CEAT, a renowned tire manufacturing company, in 2016 for sticking the logo of CEAT on his bat.
5. Chris Gayle
The “Universe Boss”, Chris Gayle, whose bat has scored most T-20s runs, is one of the most dangerous batsmen. Chris Gayle gets about Rs. 3 crores per annum from the Spartan Sports Sponsors for just having a Spartan sticker on his bat. This man is beyond everything when it comes to cricket.
6. AB de Villiers
“Mr. 360” is known for his superpowers in cricket and the way he plays attracts the sponsors towards his magic in the field. The “Superman of Cricket” is sponsored by MRF, a tire manufacturing brand, with a contract of 2.8 crores per annum to put the logo on his magical bat.
7. Suresh Raina
The most dynamic player of Team India has excelled in every format of cricket. His game surely attracts a ton of sponsors. CEAT, a tire manufacturing company, made a 3-year contract with him worth Rs. 2.5 crores annually to display the logo of CEAT on his bat.
8. Babar Azam
The captain of the Pakistani Cricket team is considered one of the best contemporary batsmen in the world and he has a contract with Gray Nicolls worth 2 to 2.5 crore rupees. According to this contract, he has to display their stickers on his helmet, gloves, and bat.
9. Joe Root
England cricket team’s captain and one of the best cricketers, Root, is one of the most sought-after players by sponsors. This man signed a deal of a massive amount of 1.7 crores per annum with New Balance, a sports apparel brand. Root uses the famous New Balance TC 1260 collection.
10. Steve Smith
The former captain of the Australian Cricket Team, Steve, is known for his hard work and dedication. And the analysts relate him with Don Bradman for their similar winning attitude. He attracts sponsorship from New Balance with a contract of 30 lakhs per annum in his hand.