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Top 10 Richest Cricketers in the World

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The Indian Maharajas and British Lords, who decorated the team’s ranks once, polished the game we see today.
Cricket’s transition from test matches to T20 not only improved its reach for broader audiences, but tournaments such as the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Big Bash League (BBL) generate enormous revenues for the sponsors.
Top world cricketers are competing at these tournaments to bestow themselves huge amounts of income.
The following is the countdown of the top 10 richest cricketers in the world 2023:

10. Chris Gayle – $35 million

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Chris Gayle was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on September 21, 1979. He was the fifth of six children in a lower-middle-class family. His parents faced financial challenges, but his grandfather was a well-known cricketer, which inspired Chris to play.
Gayle graduated from Excelsior High School and joined the Lucas Cricket Club. He made his debut for the West Indies youth team in 1998.
Gayle is one of four players to score triple centuries twice. He holds the record for the highest individual score in a T20 match (175 not out) and the fastest century in the IPL.
Gayle is the most capped West Indies player in international cricket. He is the only player to score a triple hundred, a double hundred, and a hundred in T20Is. He has also scored more than 14,000 runs and hit more than 1,000 sixes in T20 cricket.
Chris Gayle has made investments in various business ventures including real estate.
He opened up a Triple Century 333 Sports Bar and a restaurant back in Jamaica. He has also bought some shares in some companies.
He has also made investments in other companies. For example, he invested Gener8 as part of their Series A on March 3, 2023.

9. Yuvraj Singh – $40 million

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Yuvraj Singh was a former Indian international cricketer who played all formats of the game. He was an all-rounder who batted left-handed in the middle order and bowled slow left-arm orthodox.
Yuvraj made his ODI debut in 2003 and scored his maiden century against Bangladesh in the same year.
He went on to win 7 Player of the Series awards in ODI cricket, which is joint 3rd highest by an Indian.
Yuvraj made his Test debut in 2003 and scored 20 and 5* in his first innings. He was India’s middle-order lynchpin, forming fruitful partnerships with Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni.
Yuvraj played a crucial role in India’s victory in the 2007 World Cup, scoring 362 runs and taking 15 wickets. He was awarded the Player of the Tournament in the 2011 World Cup, where he scored 362 runs and took 15 wickets.
Despite his success in white-ball cricket, Yuvraj was never able to make an impression in Tests. He was dropped from the team in 2013 due to poor form and fitness.
Yuvraj made a comeback in 2017 and played his last international match against the West Indies in June 2017. He retired from all forms of cricket in 2019, after a career that spanned over 19 years.
Yuvraj Singh has a net worth of around $35 million to $40 million (Rs. 255 crores to Rs. 320 crores). The majority of his earnings come from match fees from BCCI, IPL salary, and brand endorsements and sponsorships. Yuvraj charges brands anywhere between Rs. 50 lakh to Rs. 1 crore per endorsement.
He has endorsed brands like Puma, Pepsi, Revital, Reebok, Birla Sun Life, Royal Mega Stag, Laureus & Benz, and Whirlpool.
Yuvraj is believed to have invested close to INR 120 crores in various sectors. He also runs various fitness and sports centers all over the country. Other sources of income include IPL salary, property, and cars. He possesses an Audi Q5, BMW 3 Series, Bentley Continental, etc. These cars are worth approximately INR 8 crores. Yuvraj has other properties all over the country worth INR 40 crores.

8. Virender Sehwag – $40 million

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Virender Sehwag is widely regarded as one of the most destructive openers in cricket history. He played for Delhi Capitals in IPL and Delhi and Haryana in Indian domestic cricket. He played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the Indian test side in 2001.
Some of his greatest achievements include:

  • Scoring the second fastest century in ODI cricket by an Indian, scoring 100 runs off 69 balls against New Zealand in 2001.
  • Scoring the second-fastest 50 by an Indian, in 22 balls.
  • Scoring three double-centuries against Pakistan.
  • Crossing 8000 runs in ODIs.
  • Breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record by crossing 200 runs in ODIs.

Virender Sehwag has a net worth of $40 million. He is one of the highest-paid cricketers in India and has multiple sources of income. Sehwag earns a lot from endorsements, micro-blogging, and has coaching experience as well. He endorses lots of brands and has partnerships with many companies like Samsung, Boost, Unacademy, Reebok, Adidas, Hero, and Karbonn Mobile. According to Forbes reports, he is the 5th highest-paid cricketer in India and has a net worth of 350,000 for a yearly deal. Sehwag earns around 3 million from his tweets. Apart from cricket, he gained a lot of money from several types of investments. Sehwag is living a luxurious life after he retired from professional cricket and has high-value assets. He has a luxurious house in Haryana, which is worth INR 20 crores. He also owns a farmhouse in Delhi, which is worth INR 100 crores. Sehwag is known for his love for cars and has a collection of luxury cars, including BMW, Audi, and Bentley.

7. Brian Lara – $60 million

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Brian Lara is a former West Indian cricketer and is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in history. He was born on May 2, 1969, in Cantaro, Trinidad.
The compact left-handed batsman is the record holder for most runs scored in an innings in both Test (international) and first-class cricket. He still holds the record for the highest individual score in an innings in Tests – 400 not out against England in Antigua in 2004.
In 2012, Lara was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
Brian Lara, a retired West Indies cricketer, has a net worth of $60 million. He is the fifth-richest cricketer in the world. Lara has earned a lot of money from his cricketing career and endorsement deals. He has been associated with many brands and has endorsed products like Pepsi, Adidas, and Royal Stag. He has also been the brand ambassador of Chittagong Kings. Apart from cricket, Lara has invested in many businesses, including real estate and hospitality. He has a luxurious house in Trinidad and Tobago, which is worth around $3.5 million. He also owns a restaurant in Trinidad and Tobago. Lara is also involved in philanthropic activities and has established the Pearl and Bunty Lara Foundation, which aims to help underprivileged children in Trinidad and Tobago.

6. Jacques Kallis – $60 million

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Jacques Kallis is a former South African cricketer and is widely regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders ever to play the game. He was born on October 16, 1975, in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
As of 2022, Kallis is the only cricketer in the history of the game to score more than 10,000 runs and take over 250 wickets in both ODI and Test match cricket. He also took 131 ODI catches. He scored 13,289 runs in his Test match career, took 292 wickets, and had 200 catches.
In 2020, Jacques Kallis was one of three players inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame.
Jacques Kallis is worth of around $48 million. He has endorsed brands like Funxion Fusion Events & Decor, Bona Dea Private Estate, Slazenger, and Events by Nick Nicolaou. Kallis has also been associated with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League as a coach. Apart from cricket, he has invested in various businesses, including real estate and hospitality. Kallis owns a luxurious house in Cape Town, which is worth around $1.5 million. He also owns a vineyard in Cape Town. Kallis is known for his love for cars and has a collection of luxury cars, including a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, a Porsche 911, and a Ferrari 458 Italia.

5. Sourav Ganguly – $80 million

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Sourav Ganguly is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian national team. He is considered one of the world’s leading batsmen and one of the most successful captains of the Indian national cricket team. Some of his major achievements include leading India to be one of the joint winners of the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy, along with Sri Lanka, drawing the 2003/04 Test series in Australia, and leading India to 11 wins overseas. He also won several awards for his outstanding performance in cricket, including the Arjuna Award in 1998.
Sourav Ganguly is said to have an estimated net worth of $80 million (INR 634 crore).
He earns a great amount by endorsing brands such as Ajanta Shoes, JSW cement, My11 circle, Aguilar Lens and Senco gold.
Looks like his brand value has remained stable even after his retirement from cricket in 2008. Ganguly leads an opulent lifestyle and owns a fleet of luxury cars, multi-crore properties, and more.
He also serves as the BCCI President and takes home an annual salary of Rs 2 crore.

4. Ricky Ponting – $100 million

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Ricky Ponting is a former Australian cricketer and captain of the Australian national team. He is Australia’s leading run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs, scoring over 13,000 runs in both formats. Some of his major achievements include leading Australia to two unbeaten ICC Cricket World Cup triumphs, in 2003 and 2007 1, and being Player of the Match in the inaugural T20I, when he scored 98* against New Zealand. He was also inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2018.
Ponting’s captaincy and batting skills have cemented his legacy as one of the greatest cricketers of all time. He is also known for his aggressive style of play and his contributions to the Australian cricket team’s success during its “golden era.”
Ricky Ponting is one of the richest cricketers in the world, with a net worth estimated to be around $70 million to $100 million.
Ponting earns a significant amount of money from his commentary and coaching duties, contracts with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and the Indian Premier League (IPL).
He endorses a whole host of brands which include Adidas, Pura Milk, Kookaburra Bats, Rexona, etc. He takes home an estimated amount of $4 million a year.

3. M.S. Dhoni – $113 million

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M.S. Dhoni, also known as Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian national team. Some of his major achievements include being the only Indian captain who has led India to all three major ICC events. He won the maiden T20 World Cup in 2007 on his captaincy debut, led India to a World Cup victory on home soil in 2011, and won the Champions Trophy in 2013.
Dhoni is widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketers and captains in the history of Indian cricket. He is known for his calm and composed demeanor on the field, earning him the nickname “Captain Cool.”
MS Dhoni’s net worth is estimated to be around $113 million (INR 860 crores) as of 2023. Dhoni’s net worth includes various assets, such as his collection of superbikes and cars.
Dhoni is one of the most popular and recognizable cricket players in the world. He has been featured in several brand endorsements and advertising campaigns, including for brands such as Dream11, GoDaddy, Mastercard, Yippee, and more. As per a Financial Express report, Dhoni charges INR 3.5-6 crores for brand endorsements, and he appeared in as many as 54 brand advertisements on television in 2023.
Apart from cricket, Dhoni has several other sources of income that contribute to his massive net worth. These include investments in sporting franchises such as Chennaiyin FC, Ranchi Rays, and Mahi Racing Team India. Dhoni’s annual salary is estimated to be over INR 50 crores, with the majority share coming from his IPL fee, which amounts to a whopping INR 12 crores.

2. Virat Kohli – $127 million

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Virat Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He has scored over 20,000 runs in international cricket, including 72 centuries. He is also the only batsman to have scored more than 8,000 runs in T20I cricket.
Kohli is a master of all formats of the game. He is known for his aggressive batting style and his ability to score quickly. He is also a very good fielder and a brilliant captain.
Kohli has led India to many victories in recent years. He is a true inspiration to his team and to all cricket fans around the world.
Here are some of Kohli’s most notable achievements:

  • Highest run-scorer in T20I cricket (8,074 runs)
  • Most centuries in ODI cricket (72 centuries)
  • Highest ICC rating points (922) in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen
  • Most double centuries as a captain in test matches (6 double centuries)
  • Led India to victory in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup

Kohli is one of the most popular and recognizable cricket players in the world, with a massive following on social media.
Virat Kohli’s net worth in 2023 is estimated to be $127 million.
Here are some of his sources of income and brand endorsements:

  • Cricket contracts: Kohli is a contracted player by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and earns a significant amount of money from his cricketing contracts.
  • IPL salary: Kohli also earns a significant amount of money from his contract with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
  • Brand endorsements: Kohli earns a significant chunk of his earnings from his social media posts and brand endorsements. He endorses a catalog of brands that include Toothsi, Noise, Avās Living, Philips, Pepsi, Blue Tribe, Rage Coffee, Fire-Boltt, Digit Insurance, Boost, Fastrack, Vivo, Vize, Great Learning, Blue Star, Wellman, MRF, Himalaya, Myntra, Google Duo, American Tourister luggage, Mobile Premier League, Puma, Hero MotoCorp, Wrogn, MuveAcoustics, Too Yumm, Tissot, Audi India, and Manyavar.
  • Virat Kohli has invested in several businesses and startups. Some of his business ventures include Wrogn, a clothing brand, Nueva, a South-American fine dining restaurant in New Delhi, One8 x Puma and One8 Commune, and Chisel Gyms. He has also invested in several startups such as Rage Coffee, Blue Tribe, Sport Convo, Universal Sportsbiz, Galactus Funware Technology Pvt Ltd, Digit, and Hyperice.

1. Sachin Tendulkar – $170 million

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Sachin is the world’s best cricket batsman of all time and is the only cricketer in international cricket with over 34,000 runs in total and holds a record for scoring 100 centuries.
We Indians do not see Tendulkar in India as a person but more than a superhuman figure.
Regarded as the best cricket player in the world, he is not just a hero, but also a godly character.
Sachin endorses many global brands like BMW, Pepsi, Luminous, Adidas, Canon, Phillips, Britannia, VISA, Castrol, etc.
When he became the MRF brand ambassador in 2001, Sachin was the first cricketer to score a deal of ₹100-crore.
He supported BCCI (Indian cricket board) to clear the debt, which currently in 2023, is the world’s richest cricket board.
Tendulkar owns 520 crores rupees worth of properties and is also the Mumbai Indians’ mentor, a 4-time IPL champion team.
He is now active in other sports as well, in terms of his business aspirations; Sachin is the co-owner of the Pro Kabaddi League team, Tamil Thalaivas.
Sachin Tendulkar is the richest cricketer in the world of all time and the richest Indian sportsman, according to Forbes.

You might notice that almost half the list comprises Indian players & there is a reason for that.
Cricket is the most popular game in the world after football
It is mainly for its popularity in the Indian subcontinent in enormous numbers. 
Many cricketing stars have become national icons, and successful companies have used their reputation for a positive brand image to the most. Today, Cricket is a commercial entity.
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