A sport played by over 200 million athletes globally, cricket though may not seem as established a sport as most sports widely publicised in the mainstream, but it is, in fact, one of the biggest sports in the world. The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup which attracted a global audience of about 1.9 billion individuals is proof that cricket is one of the most established and profitable sports in the world. This has inspired our article on the top-10 richest cricketers in the world for 2020.
As cricket expands its reach worldwide, the standard of the sport can not be measured without taking into due consideration the players.
The antics of players on the pitch is the most influential factor that attracts fans to the sport. As a result of this, players are often rewarded with enormous financial incentives ranging from contracts with various cricket clubs across various domestic cricket leagues and endorsement deals with brands seeking to leverage on the influence a top cricketer will in order to attract sales.
Often the highest-paid cricketers are usually the best in cricket and they receive the most lucrative deals. In this article, we’ll review and rank the richest cricketers in the world based on their net worths. The wealth of the listed cricket players may not be entirely generated from cricket.
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The Richest Cricketers In The World 2020
10. Shane Watson – $30 Million
Australian cricketer Shane Watson is no stranger in cricket. The famous cricket star was one the top member of the Australian national cricket squad who often captained the side. Watson who pulled out of international cricket in 2016, plays cricket in the Indian Premier League for the Chennai Super Kings and also in the Pakistan Super League for the Quetta Gladiators.
Watson is the holder of several cricket records such as the record for being the only player to top a team in most runs, batting average, sizes and wickets. Watson has a net worth valued at $30 million, placing him tenth on our list of richest cricketers. He has endorsement deals with Asics, TAG Heuer and others.
9. Yuvraj Singh – $35 Million
A skilful all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh who no longer plays cricket is one of the greatest cricket stars to have ever played for India. The star who once was the highest-paid cricketer in the Indian Premier League battled several challenges during his career. Despite suffering from a cancerous tumour in his lung, Yuvraj Singh who immediately began chemotherapy quickly rebounded and established himself as one of the greatest in the sport. Yuvraj Singh’s net worth is valued at about $35 million.
Being a very popular figure in India, Singh still has several endorsement deals with top brands such as Reebok, LG, Puma, Pepsi, Revital and others.
8. Jacques Kallis – $35 Million
Now a coach, Jacques Kallis stint in cricket is unforgettable. The star who retired in 2014 is hailed as the greatest South African cricket star ever. Long after his retirement, Jacques Kallis still holds the record for being the only player in the history of cricket to record 10,000 runs and more than 250 wickets in One Day International and Test Crickets. Kallus who recently joined the South African national cricket team as a batting consultant has a net worth valued at $35 million.
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7. Virender Sehwag – $40 Million
Despite not being active in the cricket scene in recent times, Virender Sehwag is still well recognized by cricket fans for his best batting skills which made him a fan favourite. Aside from his amazing cricket skills, Virender Sehwag is well recognized for what is perhaps one of the toughest political and administrative crisis in cricket which threatened the future of the sports following what was an intense show of insubordination of the Indian cricket team against the ICC concerning a perceived severe match ban on the star.
Virender who is the first cricket player to win the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World award successively is worth $40 million.
6. Shane Warne – $52 Million
Now working as a cricket commentator, Shane Warne is one of the greatest bowlers in cricket and probably the best Australian bowler. He had a glamorous cricket career which was widely marred by controversies which threatened his career. The most publicised of those controversies was his 2003 one-year ban from cricket after he tested positive to a banned diuretic.
Though the ban had a little negative effect on his public image, his performance wasn’t affected. In the Indian Premier League, the Chennai Super Kings will always remember him for their 2008 victory. Warne is worth $52 million and has endorsement deals with Pepsi and McDonald’s.
5. Brian Lara – $60 Million
His title as the greatest batsman in cricket is uncontested. The Trinidad and Tobago cricket star had a very successful cricket career which saw him emerge as one of the only three cricketers to have been awarded the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year. The ICC Hall of Famer is the highest run-scorer in Test cricket and holds the record for the most score by an individual in first-class Cricket. After his successful cricket career, he went on to play golf where he saw similar success. Brian nicknamed The Prince is worth $60 million.
4. Ricky Ponting – $65 Million
Former Australian cricketer now turned coach and commentator, Ricky Ponting, ruled the cricket world prior to his retirement. In International cricket, Ricky Ponting is known as the most successful captain. He captained the Australian national cricket teams in One Day Internationals and Tests Crickets in what is known as it’s Golden era, where the team saw amazing success. Ponting who was awarded the Cricketer of the Decade 2000 award captained the Australian national cricket team to 220 victories in 324 games. He has a net worth valued at $65 million.
3. Virat Kohli – $92 Million
One of the best and the richest cricket players in the world right now, Virat Kohli is a cricket superstar. The star who pundits hail as the best batsman in the world has consistently topped the One Day International batsman ranking since 2017. Kohli who is the highest-paid cricketer in 2019 is the only cricket star featured in the 2019 Forbes top 100 highest-paid athletes in the world. Kohli’s net worth is valued at $92 million. He also has very impressive endorsement deals with big brands such as Google, Colgate, Pepsi, Valvoline, Audi India and Uber.
2. MS Dhoni – $111 Million
Another successful cricketer, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are seen as the best cricketers in the world right now, with fans divided about who truly is the number one. Dhoni who has captained the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs and Test cricket has an impressive record as he is the only captain in the history of Cricket to captained his team to victory in all ICC sanctioned events.
Though pundits dispute about Dhoni being the number on cricketer in the world right now, they all agree he has the best wicket-keeper. Dhoni has a net worth valued at $111 million and endorsement deals with Reebok, GoDaddy, TVS Motors, Colgate, Snickers, Sony Bravia, Orient and several others.
1. Sachin Tendulkar – $115 Million
A legend in cricket, Sachin Tendulkar is tipped by pundits to be the best batsman in the history of cricket. In international cricket, no player has recorded as much run score as Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin Tendulkar who is known as Master Blaster is the first player in cricket to record 30,000 runs in International Cricket. Sachin Tendulkar’s net worth is valued at $115 million, which makes him the richest cricketer in the world.
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