Cricketers are pampered, aren’t they? With huge sums of money for playing and as endorsements a modern day cricketer earns handsome money. Some cricketer earns so much that they can own a small island or even a private jet. But money and fame do not come without conditions. For all the hard work and sweat and perspiration that goes into making the champions that they are, assuredly every penny that they earn is worth it.
Here is the list of the highest paid cricketers in the world who have really big purses. As expected the Indian players dominated the list. Also Check: Virat Kohli Net Worth
Highest Paid Cricketers in the World
|4||AB De Villiers||$4.5m||$2m||$5.5m|
10. Steve Smith: Australian Captain and the one of the leading batsman in today’s cricket, Smith also has a good purse. With an annual income of about $2.5 million, he is one of the richest and highest paid cricket players.
9. Gautam Gambhir: The out of favour and contract lefty is still on this list mainly because of his IPL contract and endorsements. Gambhir has an annual income of $2.5 million while KKR pay him a whopping $1.5m for his services in IPL.
8. Yuvraj Singh: This fighter from Punjab still makes big bucks. With an IPL contract of mind-blowing $1.8 million and endorsements of about $2 million, his southpaw is one of the richest athletes on this earth.
7. Virendra Shewag: Viru Paji who keeps trolling others by his epic tweets does not joke when it comes to money. Sultan of Multan is really the sultan in terms of money with an estimated income of $3.8m a year from endorsements and IPL contract. Heis former swashbuckling opener also has his own school and also earns from commentary.
6. Mitchell Starc: This speedster from Australia is handsomely paid by Australian Cricket Board and RCB for his services. They pay this toe crusher bowler $3.5 million for bowling those effective yorkers and effective bouncers. Though not a marketable figure, Starc makes about 50,000 US dollars from endorsements.
5. David Warner: This Pocket Dynamo from New South Wales gets a hefty salary for demolishing the opposition bowlers. Warner is also pretty popular among the advertisers as they end up paying him $2 million for various endorsements.
4. Ab Devilliers: The most versatile batsman on earth is also pretty agile in making big bucks. RCB and Cricket South Africa pay him $4.5 million to play for them. Also his baby looks make him the darling of advertisers and they pay him $2 million.
3. Chris Gayle: This big Jamaican is franchise owners dream player with his big bat he can hit sixes at will and is a crowd puller. He plays for various T20 franchises all around the world and they pay him $4.5 million for his big hitting. Due to his immense popularity throughout the world, he also earns $3 million per year from endorsements.
2. M.S.Dhoni: The former Indian captain and the darling of Indian Cricket was the highest grossing Cricketer till last year. His pan India popularity means he gets $14 million in his kitty for endorsements. Apart from this, he has a BCCI contract and also captain of Pune Warriors in IPL and these two collectively pay him $5.7 m. Dhoni is 2nd richest cricketers in the world after Sachin.
1. Virat Kohli: The world’s best batsman and run machine of modern cricket, Virat is the highest paid cricketers in the world. His macho looks and his on-field success have propelled him to the top of this list. With most brand endorsements after Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Virat really earns a VIRAT $20m from endorsements. He gets a staggering $6.9m from BCCI and RCB.