Players’ salaries in franchise cricket leagues like the BBL and the IPL are currently higher than in their respective national cricket leagues. As of 2022, these are the top ten highest-paid cricketers in the world. As a result of cricket’s widespread popularity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the sport has generated over a billion dollars in revenue. In India especially, cricket and its players have become cultural icons. After all, the Indian Premier League accounts for 75% of all cricket income, and the sport accounts for 75% of all national participants.
One can only speculate on how much money the cricket business pays its players, given its wealth.
The 10 Richest Cricket Players Of All Time
1. Sachin Tendulkar
The former Indian batsman, who is sometimes referred to as the God of Cricket, is the richest cricketer in the world. One of cricket’s most recognizable faces, Tendulkar has become a household name. He retired from international cricket, scoring more than 34,000 runs, becoming the sport’s all-time leading run scorer. Tendulkar is a brand ambassador for several multinational corporations. There are 520 billion rupees worth of property that belong to Tendulkar.
2. MS Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most talked-about figures in cricket because of his signature “helicopter shot” and his success in delivering trophies to India. Among the top 10 wealthiest cricketers in the world, “Captain Cool” is ranked second.
Dhoni’s wealth is estimated at 840 billion rupees. He is a household name and uses his fame to earn a fortune from ads. Dhoni is regarded as India’s best captain because of the numerous titles he has won for the country. These include the 2011 World Cup, the ICC T20 World Cup, two Asia Cups, and the ICC Champions Trophy. As a brand ambassador, Dhoni has worked with many international companies, including Reebok, Sony Bravia, Godaddy, Dream11 and dozens more. He also has a large number of bicycles.
3. Virat Kohli
The Indian captain is the only Indian on Forbes’ 2020 list of the world’s highest-paid athletes. Kohli owns the fashion labels he founded, Worgen and One8. Virat’s net worth is 696 Crores Rupees ($92 million), with an asset value of $92 million.
For the Indian Super League, Kohli also owns his own football franchise. He has worked with various companies to promote their products, including Manyavar, Colgate, Google, Pepsi, and many more.
4. Ricky Ponting
As of now, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting is the world’s fourth-wealthiest cricketer. As a captain, Pointing has an impressive record, having won three World Cups. Thanks to his endorsement deal with companies like Valvoline, Adidas, and many more, Pointing has collected a fortune of 492 crore rupees.
5. Brian Lara
Former West Indies batsman Brian Lara is in the ICC Hall of Fame and ranks sixth on the world’s wealthiest cricketers list. In the history of Test cricket, Lara is the only batsman to achieve 400 runs in an innings. Known as “The Prince” in cricket circles, he earns an annual salary of 454 million Indian rupees.
6. Shane Warne
The Australian cricket team’s previous captain, well regarded for his skill as a wicket-taking bowler—ranks #6 on the list of the top 10 most-paid cricketers in the world. With a net worth of 394 crores, Warne can stay in the top ten wealthiest cricketers in the world for a long time.
7. Virender Sehwag
The right-handed batsman and former Indian cricketer are seventh on the list of the world’s 10 wealthiest cricketers, with a net worth of 303 crores rupees. He was a member of the winning teams in 2007 and 2011. Sehwag’s aggressive batting style and record for the quickest triple century have won him legions of admirers.
8. Jacques Kallis
The former South African all-rounder is regarded as one of the game’s all-stars and ranks eighth on the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid athletes. According to his legion of devoted followers, he was the finest all-around player ever to grace the field of international cricket. Kallis’s yearly Net worth is around 265 crores rupees, with earnings coming from his roles as South African batting coach and batting consultant for KKR.
9. Yuvraj Singh
Renowned for hitting six sixes in one over, he is widely considered one of India’s greatest-ever all-rounders. Yuvraj has a net worth of 265 million Indian rupees and is the sole owner of his apparel brands. Yuvi is what his devoted following calls him.
10. Steve Smith
The most well-known Australian cricketer is the tenth-wealthiest player in the world, with a fortune of 234 million Indian rupees.