Cricket is one of the few sports which are being played for over hundred years. It was first introduced by the England and was commonly played within England only. But, with time it got famous around the globe and today total 8 big nations compete with each other in the ground.
There have been many legends in the past such as Don Bradman, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Steve Waugh, Vivian Richards and so many more. Back in the old times cricket didn’t much of money, it was solely a contest of two nations in the ground, but in the recent times money has been one of the key attractions in the game. A number of cricketers earn in millions in one year. Due to the introduction of various TV ad commercials, small leagues and such things had led to excessive inflow of money in cricket.
In this article we’re going to be sharing the top ten highest paid cricketers in the world, so let’s move onto the top ten list and find out who earns the most money and which players ranks at what place.
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni- $26M
Dhoni is the captain of the Indian team. Since his introduction into the Indian team and since the responsibility of captaincy is handed over to him India has changed into a new cricket team from every perspective. Dhoni has won the cricket World Cup of 2011 for India too and also led an IPL team Chennai Super Kings and has won the tournament for them as well. If we look at the record of M.S Dhoni then there are no two opinions that this man is one of the best captains Indians have had. His major earning are generate through his match fees, IPL matches, various endorsements etc.
Yearly Match Fees: $3.5 m
Endorsements: $23 m
Brands: Reebok, Pepsi, Lays, Boost, TVS, Exide and Dabur.
2. Sachin Tendulkar – $18.6 M
This man made his cricket debut at an age of 16 only. Since his first match he hasn’t looked back for once and has moved forward with an aggressive attitude and amazing batting performances. He has made the most number of centuries in the ODI’s and also has the highest individual ODI score of 200+. He has recently retired from the Indian ODI team and also from IPL, but will carry on with his Test career for some while. His major generation of money comes through endorsements, IPL and match fees.
Yearly Match Fees: $2.1M
Brands: Aviva Insurance, Jaypee Cement, Toshiba, Coca-Cola, Castrol, Luminous, Adidas, Rbs Banking
3. Gautam Gambhir – $7.3M
Gautam Gambhir is the opening batsman of the Indian team and has been a regular part of the team for some time now. He has contributed a lot at the top order and that has helped him to maintain a permanent spot right at the top order. His major earnings is generated through endorsements, match fees etc.
Yearly Match Fees: $3.9M
Brands: MRF, BHPC, Royal Stag, Reebok, Lays
4. Virat Kohli – $7.1M
Virat Kholi is one of the terrific and impressive new talent that India has discovered. He has made his name in the top ten best batsmen in no time. At the start of his career his did struggle a bit, but later on he proved his worth and his talent with some remarkable and amazing innings against almost every cricket team. Due to his amazing performances he has got various endorsement contracts with many brands and has earned a lot up till now.
Yearly Match Fees: $3.1M
Brands: Nike, Pepsico, TVS, Cinthol, Karbonn Mobiles, Nestle, Toyota
5. Virender Sehwag – $6.9M
Viru or Verender Sehwag, this man is the master blaster of the cricket ball. He has been a great asset for the Indian team for over a period of many years. His major earnings are generated from brands likeFila, Hero Honda and Jaypee cement.
Yearly Match Fees: $2.8M
Brands: Hero, Fila, Jaypee cement
6. Shane Watson – $5.9M
Shane Watson is an Australian all-rounder and is one of the few players who has an amazing talent with the ball and also with the bat. He has been a regular player for the team for quite a long time but has been out for the team on and off due to injuries and fitness issues. He has impressed many cricket professionals around the globe with his performances in the Australian team and also his contribution in the IPL team.
Yearly Match Fees: $2.9M
Brands: Gunn & Moore, TAG Heuer. Asics
7. Michael Clarke – $4.9M
After the retirement of the ‘Great Ricky Ponting’, M.Clarke has taken over the responsibility of leading the Australian team. His records and performances speak for himself. He is surely a backbone for the Australian team in the past few years. He has single handedly scored for the team and has dragged out his team from the most unfavorable situations at many scenarios. His major earning generation comes from the following manner:
Yearly Match Fees: $4M
Brands: Spartan Sports, Gillette, bonds
9. Ricky Ponting – $4M
Ricky Ponting is the former captain of the Australian cricket team and has given a lot to the team in terms of his performances. He has won the Cricket World Cup of 2003 and 2007 for the team. He has been a true inspiration for many individuals back in Australia. His major contribution for the team is well known around the world and his major revenue generation comes through various endorsement brands such as Rexona, Valvoline etc.
Yearly Match Fees: $3.5M
Brands: Kookaburra, Rexona, Valvoline
10. Yusuf Pathan – $3.7M
Yusuf Pathan is the younger brother of the all-rounder Irfan Pathan. They both have been a positive prospect for the Indian team for some time. Yusuf Pathan has played some great innings for the Indian team and has surely given his best for the team. His major earnings are generated through Tata Indicom and Pepsico.
Yearly Match Fees: $3.3M
Brands: Pepsico, Tata Indicom