Cricket is a lucrative sport in India and around the world and players who make it to the top earns most of money through endorsement deals with top brands and through match fees as well.
Players are measured through their popularity and fan followings which make them a profitable deal for brands. International players make in millions and with the rise of Indian Premiere league has only made everyone richer.
These are world's top earning cricketers:
#1. Sachin Tendulkar - 118 million USD
Yes, its Sachin Tendulkar on top even after retiring from international cricket long back ago. While Virat Kohli is the highest earning athlete in India, Sachin is still on top with his tie-ups with top brands like Coca-Cola, Toshiba, Adidas, BMF etc.
Tendulkar was also the co-owner of ISL franchise Kerela Blasters. His net worth is estimated to be whopping 118 million US Dollars.
#2. MS Dhoni - 103 million USD
MS Dhoni the former captain of Indian national cricket team and captain of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings has a net worth around 103 million US Dollars. Dhoni is part of BCCI's grade A+ contract list and earns 5 crore as a result of that.
Dhoni has endorsement deals with Aircel, Pepsi, Sonata, TVS motors etc. and he is also the co-owner of ISL franchise Chennaiyin FC. Dhoni owns a racing team in India.
#3. Virat Kohli - 90 million USD
Virat Kohli the current captain of Indian national team and IPL franchise Royal Challengers Banglore is the finest cricketer on the palnet and one of the most marketable athletes in India.
The Indian skipper endorses many top brands including Puma, MRF, Colgate, etc and has his own fashion company WROGN. Kohli's net worth is estimated to be around 90 million US Dollars as he earns 7 crore from BCCI's grade A+ contract.
#4. Ricky Ponting - 65 million USD
Australia's greatest captain and one of the best batsman ever, Ricky Ponting was part of the dominant Australian team that won three successive World Cups. He is currently the coach of the IPL side Delhi Daredevils.
Ponting's estimated worth is around 65 million US Dollars and he is ranked number 4 in the list of worlds richest cricketer.
#5. Shane Warne - 50 million USD
Shane Warne is the greatest ever spinner the world have seen. His success took him to all parts of the globe including India, where he represented the IPL side Rajasthan Royals.
Warne's estimated wealth is around 50 million US Dollars. Following his retirement he plays professional Poker back in Australia.