Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is currently the richest cricketer in the world. His current valuation is Rs. 1,296 crores or $170 million.
The early attempts at commercializing sports personalities were not received well, but the late 80s and early 90s saw a major change. With India beginning to globalize bigger than ever before, plenty of commercial elements started getting attached to the game and now, they are an integral part of it.
Although the game of cricket remains slightly restricted when it comes to its reach, some of these cricketers find themselves on the list of highest-paid athletes in the world. With a major chunk of the highly-populated Asian subcontinent very inclined towards the game, the scope for commercial growth was always an arm’s stretch away, although it took a while for it to fully materialize.
The emergence of T20 cricket, especially the Indian Premier League (IPL), played a massive role in widening the monetary horizons of the game. This tournament has seen broadcasting, advertising and ticket sales revenues of the highest order and financial experts suggest it will only get bigger in the coming years.
10.Shane Watson Net Worth – $30 Million
Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson made his name after playing a crucial role in Australia’s World Cup success in 2007 and Rajasthan Royals’ IPL success in 2008. The right-handed batsman quickly became one of the best cricketers for brand endorsements.
Shane Watson has a net worth of $30 million and is a household name in the IPL, having won the trophy with Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings. Some of his brand endorsements include Gunn & Moore, TAG Heuer, Asics, Golden Circle, American Express among others.
9. Yuvraj Singh Net Worth – $35 Million
Yuvraj Singh, the player of the tournament in ICC World Cup 2011, is one of the finest all-rounders in ODI cricket and turned a national icon having overcome so many adversities to be at the top.
Yuvraj Singh has a net worth of $35 million (Rs 266 crore) and has owned various brand endorsements with notable names like Pepsi, Reebok, Cadbury, Royal Mega Stag, Benz and Laureus.
8. Virender Sehwag Net Worth – $40 Million
Very few players in cricket history can match the explosiveness of Virender Sehwag. Sehwag was the first Indian cricketer to score a triple century in a Test match and is the only batsman to have scored a triple century in Test matches and a double century in ODIs for India.
7. Jacques Kallis Net Worth – $48 Million
Easily one of the best all-rounders the game has seen, Jacques Kallis is hailed as the greatest Proteas cricketer of all time. He is ranked 7th in the list of the top 10 richest cricketers in the world with a net worth of $48 million (Rs 365 crore).
6. Shane Warne Net Worth – $50 Million
His untimely demise gave the world a retrospective visual of how big a personality Shane Warne was, and the Australian legend is right up there among the richest cricketers in the world.
5. Brian Lara Net Worth – $60 Million
Former West Indies captain Brian Lara continues to be one of the biggest names in international cricket, and still endorses many brands. He has a net worth of Rs 457 crore, making him the 5th richest cricketer in the world.
4. Ricky Ponting Net Worth – $70 Million
During his heydays, The former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting was one of the finest cricketers in the world and amassed great wealth in the process. His incredible reputation in the game of cricket earned him multiple sponsorship deals with international brands like Adidas, Rexona, Kookaburra Bats and Pura Milk.
3. Virat Kohli Net Worth – $92 Million
In the current crop, former India skipper Virat Kohli might be the most popular cricketer in the world having achieved the stardom of the highest order in a short span of time. He has a net worth of Rs 701 crore ($92 million).
Virat Kohli, besides being one of the finest cricketers in the world, established himself as a strong commercial brand over the years. He is the brand ambassador of various noteworthy brands like Audi, Google, Manyavar, Hero moto corp, Colgate, Puma, Myntra, besides which he has his own fashion brands Wrogn and one8.
2. MS Dhoni Net Worth – $111 Million
Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only captain under whom the indian cricket team won all the ICC trophies – the T20 World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and ICC World Cup.
MS Dhoni was a true successor of Sachin Tendulkar’s marketable image, who emerged as the biggest face for brand endorsements a few years into his emergence in international cricket.
1. Sachin Tendulkar Net Worth – $170 Million
Easily the greatest batter to have graced the game, Sachin Tendulkar is the richest cricketer in the world with a net worth of Rs 1,296 crore ($170 million). One of the most notable cricketers in the world, Tendulkar was the first cricketer to establish an INR 100 crore deal after he was appointed brand ambassador of MRF.