Ever since its global development in the 19th and 20th centuries, cricket is now a billion-dollar industry. Especially in India, people are crazy about the sport and the cricketers. It is after all the most played sport in the country, and the country’s revenue makes up around 45% of the total cricket revenue, with 75% of the revenue coming from the Indian Premier League alone.
Considering the net worth of the industry, one can only imagine how much the industry might pay its cricketers.
Let’s now take a look at the top 10 richest cricketers :
1. Sachin Tendulkar:
The Little Master, just one of the many names he is known by, is the richest cricketer in the world. The Indian cricket God has a net worth of about 1110 crore INR. Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as the greatest batsman in the history of cricket! He is the highest run-scorer internationally and is known for being the only player to score 100 international centuries. He is also the only player, as of now, to score more than 30,000 runs internationally.
2. M.S. Dhoni:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, former captain of the Indian Cricket team is the second richest cricketer, globally. He is considered the greatest captain of the Indian cricket team. “Mahi” has a net worth of 846 crore INR. Dhoni also holds the record for the most wicket-keeper catches and was included in the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes in 2018.
3. Virat Kohli:
The former captain of the Indian National team often considered as one of the best batsmen of his era, Virat Kohli, has a net worth of 840 crore INR. Virat holds the world record of being the fastest to 23,000 international runs, is ranked by ESPN as one of the most famous athletes in the world, and is the only cricketer to have more than 150 million people following him on Instagram.
4. Ricky Ponting:
Ricky pointing is the former captain of the Australian Cricket team and second in the list of the highest number of international centuries scored. He has a net worth of 519 crore INR. With a winning rate of 67.91% and over 220 victories in 324 matches, Ricky Ponting is the most successful captain in cricket history, internationally.
5. Brian Lara:
As a former international cricketer for West Indies, Brian Lara holds the record for the most runs scored in an innings in both first-class and international cricket. He has a net worth of 415 crore INR and is one of the sport’s most renowned contemporary players. In January 2012, Lara was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
6. Shane Warne:
Considered as one of the greatest bowlers in cricket history, Shane Warne is a former international cricket player for the Australian team. He has a net worth of 376 crore INR. Shane Warne was selected by experts as one of the 5 Wisden Cricketers of The Century and was the only speciality bowler selected in the list.
7. Jacques Kallis:
Former cricketer and coach of the South-African cricket team Jacques Kallis is regarded as the greatest batsman ever in South Africa. His net worth is 339 crore INR. He is the only cricketer to take over 250 wickets and score over 10,000 runs in the history of cricket, as of 2021.
8. Virender Sehwag:
Regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen, Virender Sehwag is a former Indian cricketer. He has a net worth of 286 crore INR. For his performance in 2008, Virender is the first Indian cricketer to be honoured as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World, and that is just one of his many records.
9. Yuvraj Singh:
Yuvraj Singh is a former cricketer who played for the National Indian cricket team. He is known for his ability to play as an all-rounder and for his aggressive batting. Yuvraj has a net worth of 255 crore INR. Yuvraj is also known famously for having hit 6 sixes in one over in a match against England, which happened only three times previously, and never internationally.
10. Shane Watson:
Shane Watson is a former cricketer for the Australian national cricket team who is known for his record of holding the number 1 ICC ranking position for 150 weeks. He has a net worth of 206 crore INR. In 2016, Shane Watson was the most expensive player purchased in the IPL auction.