The game is played by 120 million players in many countries making it the world’s most popular sport. The game is most popular in Australasia, England, the Indian subcontinent the West Indies and Southern Africa. We take a look at some of the richest cricketers overall and active highest paid players in the world. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is leading the list with couple of more Indian players following him in top 10 lists.
He has a grade a national contract with the board of control for cricket in India BCCI that pays a base salary. Sachin Tendulkar arguably the greatest batsman to ever step onto a cricket pitch was the game highest paid player. Cricketers with Australian national contracts are well compensated with top players like Clarke and Watson earning well. Here is the list of the top 10 highest paid cricketers in world 2016.
- Sachin Tendulkar:
Net Worth: $160 million
Master Blaster retired from the game still he is eye candy of Indians. Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar with 160 million USD is the richest cricketer in the world. All his earning comes from endorsements.
2. MS Dhoni:
Net Worth: $50 million
Dhoni is by far the most successful Indian captain and he is making the most money in the cricket world and it can easily be compared to a good premier league footballer. He is highest earning cricketer in the World. His estimated net worth is $50 million.
3. Virat Kohli:
Net Worth: $46 million
International Indian cricketer Virat Kohli has an estimated net worth of $46 million. He is middle order batsman who can also open the batting. He can also bowl right arm medium pace. He do some modeling stunts as well.
4. Gautam Gambhir:
Net Worth: $44 million
He was a very consistant performer for India ad captain of Kolkata Knight Riders. He makes around $44 million dollars which of course comes from central contract with Indian team and IPL earnings while half of it comes from brands he support.
5. Shane Watson:
Net Worth: $40 million
Shane Watson is one of the most consistent players of Australia. Watson is the highest paid Australian cricketer in the world. Watson earns $44 million via salary and he earns the rest through the endorsements. Watson also plays for IPL as the captain of Rajasthan Royals. Watson also plays for IPL as the captain of Rajasthan Royals. Watson endorses brands such as Gunn and Moore, Asics and TAG Huer.
6. Virender Sehwag:
Net Worth: $40 million
Virender Sehwag plays for the Indian national cricket team. He also plays for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian premier league besides playing for his national side. Virender Sehwag has earned a total of $40 million as the salary and winning from cricket. He mainly plays his role as the right handed opening batsman and occasional off spinner for his national and IPL team.
7. Michael Clarke:
Net Worth: $34.5 million
Australian Cricketer Michael Clarke has an estimated net worth of $34.5 million. Making him the fifth highest Australian athlete at the time. It certainly pays to be very good at what you do and Michael Clarke in the coming year’s one thing is certain he has left his mark in the cricketing world. This is Clarkes fourth year as captain of the squad after taking over for Rick Ponting in March 2011.
8. Shahid Afridi:
Net Worth: $30 million
Shahid Afridi is one of the richest and highest paid players in the world. He is the captain of Pakistan cricket team and shows very good performance in his matches. Shahid is a senior cricketer and has been in this field for many years. His net worth is $30 million.
9. Yusuf Pathan:
Net Worth: $26.5 million
Indian cricketer Yusuf Pathan has an estimated net worth of $26.5 million. He is known to be an aggressive right arm off break bowler and powerful right handed batsman. His younger brother Irfan Pathan is also Indian cricketer.
10. Chris Gayle:
Net Worth: $15 million
Chris Gayle has become a darling of the crowed as well as one of the most valuable players of T20 cricket. He was the former ex captain of West Indies cricket team and is widely known for his funky dance steps for a field celebration. Collectively the commercial net worth of Chris Gayle is huge which $15 million is around. His popularity he has been reached by product advertisers to promote their brands and he has become a regular feature of commercial ads of poplar brands.