Cricket, over the years, has achieved a lot of popularity and now has turned into a global sport.
Recently, countries like Japan, the USA, or Thailand have expressed interest in playing the major ICC tournaments.
The arrival of T20 cricket and the recent success of domestic T20 leagues such as the Big Bash League (BBL) and the Indian Premier League (IPL) has helped cricket reach new destinations.
With cricket becoming a commercially successful sport, cricketers today earn money from endorsements, deals, and playing in different T20 leagues.
Now, what they earn is far greater than what it used to be one or two decades ago.
Today, we find some cricketers in the list of the highest-paid sportsperson, and therefore we think it’s essential that we talk about the ”Top 10 Richest cricketers in the world.”
Top 13 Richest cricketers in the world
13. Rahul Dravid ( Net Worth: $23 Million )
An absolute gentleman on and off the field, ‘The Wall’ of Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid is probably India’s biggest match-winner in Test cricket.
One of India’s most selfless cricketers, Rahul Dravid, was his captain’s asset and always did more than what was asked of him.
From opening the innings to turning wicket-keeper in the ODIs, it was always the team that came first for him.
Rahul Dravid has endorsed brands like Reebok, Castrol, Gillette, Samsung, Bank of Baroda, and Max Life Insurance.
So Dravid, with a net worth of USD 23 Million, features at the number 13 spot in our list.
12. Shane Watson ( Net Worth: $25 Million )
Shane Watson, one of the finest all-rounders from Australia, is one of the greats of the modern era.
An aggressive top-order batsman and a useful swing bowler, Shane Watson, entertained fans worldwide with his brilliant all-around skills.
Not only did he had a superb international career, but even in many domestic T20 leagues, especially in IPL and BBL, he was a real crowd-puller.
His excellent six-hitting skills and good bowling was the reason why RCB bought him in 2016 at a price of ₹9.5 crores.
Watson scored a match-winning century for CSK in the 2018 IPL final and eventually retired from all forms of cricket in 2020
Shane, with a net worth of USD 25 Million, features at the number 10 spot on our list
11. Steven Smith ( Net Worth: $31 Million )
Steven Smith, the current best test cricketer, is also one of the richest cricketers in the world right now.
This dependable cricketer from New South Wales, over the years, has redefined cricket with his unorthodox style of batting.
Way back, Greg Chappell said he was the best batting talent in Australia, and with an average over 56 in 77 tests, he has always proved him right.
Yes, the ball-tampering issue caused a dent in his reputation, but he came back strongly, scoring huge runs in the Ashes.
Also, in IPL, he had an impressive career scoring 2333 runs at an impressive average of 35.35
Smith, over the years, has endorsed international brands like Gillette, Weet Bix, Fitbit, to name just a few.
He has three luxury cars – Range Rover, Audi, and a Rolls Royce and holds two luxurious properties in Sydney
So Smith, with a net worth of USD 31 Million, features at the number 11 spot in our list.
10. Yuvraj Singh ( Net Worth: $35 Million )
Yuvraj Singh, ‘Man of the Tournament’ of the ICC World Cup 2011, was one of India’s best batsmen in the limited-overs format.
One of the most flamboyant left-handed batsmen in cricket’s history, Yuvi was famous for his aggressive stroke play.
The first batsman to hit six sixes in an over in a T20 match, Yuvi was not only a good batsman but a superb fielder and an effective slow left-arm bowler.
Even though he got affected by cancer just after the 2011 World Cup, but made a comeback to the national side and remained an important member of the side till 2017
Over the years, Yuvraj has endorsed brands like Reebok, Pepsi, Royal Stag, Laureus & Benz, Puma, and LG and has also started his fashion clothing label YWC.
So Yuvraj, with a net worth of USD 35 Million, features at the number 9 spot on our list
9. Virender Sehwag ( Net Worth $40 Million )
Virender Sehwag, one of the most destructive opening batsmen of all time, is one of the biggest names in Indian cricket.
The former Indian vice-captain, Sehwag, is the only Indian to hit two triple centuries, and he formed a destructive opening partnership with Sachin Tendulkar
Also, in IPL, he played for Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab and scored 2728 runs at an impressive strike rate of 155.44
Sehwag, over the years, has endorsed international brands like Adidas, Reebok, Hero Honda, to name just a few.
Virender Sehwag works as a Star India commentator, operates a cricket academy in Noidain, and runs an international school.
So Sehwag, with a net worth of USD 40 Million, features at the number 8 spot in our list
8. Jacques Kallis ( Net Worth $48 Million )
Arguably the best all-rounder after Gary Sobers, Jacques Kallis is a legend of the modern era.
The former South African skipper is the only player in the history of the game to score more than 10,000 runs and take over 250 wickets in both ODI and Test format.
62 international centuries, 331 catches, and with five-wicket hauls in both tests and ODIs, Kallis is loved by fans worldwide.
Even in IPL or a BBL, he left a lasting impression with batting and bowling and helped his side KKR and Sydney Thunder win titles.
After his retirement in 2014, he quickly adapted himself to the coach’s role by coaching the KKR side and had a brief stint as the South African team’s coach.
Kallis, the 45 years old former all-rounder, has a net worth of USD 48 Million features at number 7 on our list.
7. Sourav Ganguly ( Net Worth $50 Million )
A legendary cricketer, The ‘God on the off-side, Sourav Ganguly is one of the best Indian captains of all time.
Fondly called ‘Dada’, Sourav changed Indian cricket as it was ‘Dada’ under whom India started winning overseas tests .regularly
Though he performed well with both bat and ball, his explosive batting at the top of the order made him a household name.
This Left-handed batsman helped India win many matches, his 183 vs Sri Lanka at Taunton, 144 vs Australia at Brisbane, all of which are examples of his greatness as a cricketer.
Even after retirement, he is still associated with cricket, providing commentary for Star India and is currently the president of BCCI.
Over the years, he has endorsed brands like Britannia, Tata Indicom and now endorses brands like JSW Cement, My11 Circle, Senco Gold, Fortune Oil and many more
He is also the co-owner of ISL team ATK Mohun Bagan and owns luxury cars like Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz.
6. Shane Warne ( Net Worth: $52 Million )
Shane Warne, the legendary Australian cricketer, is undoubtedly one of the best spinners of all time.
One of the Wisden Cricketers of the 20th Century, Warne, the spinning wizard lead the Australian bowling attack in the 90s and early 2000s
After retirement from international cricket, he led his IPL team Rajasthan Royals to victory in the inaugural season of IPL and now acts mentor for the team.
Inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame in 2013, Shane now works as a full-time commentator and has endorsed brands like Victoria Bitter, Pepsi, McDonald’s, etc.
Shane Warne, with a net worth of USD 52 Million, features number 6 on our list.
5. Brian Lara ( Net Worth $60 Million )
‘Prince of Trinidad’ Brian Lara is undoubtedly one of the most elegant best batsmen of all time.
After Viv Richards retired from international cricket, Lara took the leadership of batting and solidified the West Indies middle-order.
A resilient character on the field, be it his 153 not-out at Bridgetown or his 375 at Antigua, he always helped his team win the tough matches.
Brian has endorsed brands like MRF, Bmobile telecommunications, and Angostura’s LLB and has won numerous international golf competitions after his retirement in 2007
So Lara, with a net worth of USD 60 Million, features at number 5 spot in our list
4. Ricky Ponting ( Net Worth $70 Million )
Ricky Ponting, the two-time World Cup-winning Aussie skipper, was perhaps the greatest Australian batsman of all time.
Ponting holds the record of being involved in 262 wins as a player, the highest for any cricketer at the international level.
Known for his exceptional ability to play well on both front and back foot, Ponting was the cricketer of the decade in 2000.
After retiring, he has successfully transitioned himself as a successful cricket commentator for Channel 9 and is also the Delhi Capitals head coach.
Over the years, Ponting has endorsed brands like Kookaburra, Swisse Vitamins, Adidas, Pura Milk, and many more.
So Ponting, with a net worth of USD 70 Million, features at number 4 spot in our list
3. MS Dhoni ( Net Worth $111 Million )
India’s greatest wicketkeeper-batsman and the only captain to win the three major ICC tournaments, MS Dhoni, is a big name in World cricket
MS helped India finish many matches with his calmness and hence considered one of the best finishers in limited-overs cricket.
He is the Vice President of India Cements Limited and the co-owner of ISL team Chennaiyin FC.
Over the years, he has endorsed international brands like Pepsi, Reebok, Titan, TVS Motors, Red Bus, GoDaddy.
He is also the owner of the fashion brand ‘Se7en’ and, with a net worth of USD 111 Million, features at number 3 spot in our list.
2. Virat Kohli ( Net Worth $125 Million )
Virat Kohli is a modern-day legend, the current captain of the Indian cricket team, and the world’s best batsman across all three formats of the game.
The chase-master, Virat Kohli, has scored 43 ODI centuries, and he is also the highest run-scorer in IPL.
He is currently the highest-paid IPL cricketer (17 crores) and has been RCB’s captain since 2013.
Kohli has endorsed international brands like Google, Puma, Audi, MRF, Tissot, Manyavar, and many more.
He is also the co-owner of ISL team FC Goa and owns Wrogn and One8 (partnering with Puma).
Virat with a net worth of USD 125 Million, rightfully features at number 2 spot in our list.
1. Sachin Tendulkar ( Net Worth $170 Million )
The greatest batsman in cricket, after Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, with a net worth of USD 170 million, is undoubtedly the richest cricketer in the world.
The only cricketer to play six back to back world cups, only batsman to score 100 international centuries, Sachin Tendulkar is probably the most influential cricketers of World Cricket
He has endorsed over a hundred global brands like MRF, DBS Bank, G.M. Pens, BMW, Phillips, Britannia, VISA, Pepsi, Smash, Canon, VISA, Castrol, and many more.
Even after retirement, he was the brand ambassador for MNCs like PayTM, Apollo Tyres, Luminous, Sony Pictures Network, and charity organizations like UNICEF.
Tendulkar is currently the co-owner of Tamil Thalaivas and ISL team Kerala Blasters F.C.