Being a part of the Indian Cricket Team has its own perks, and one of them is the money. When the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the wealthiest cricket board, it is no surprise that they treat their players accordingly. However, their income source is not limited to cricket; many cricketers in India work with brands, run private businesses, and endorsements.
Let’s take a look at India’s five richest Cricketers:
1. Sachin Tendulkar
The God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, is the wealthiest cricketer not only in India but also in the world. His net worth is a striking 843 crores.
Tendulkar is a celebrated icon in the game and still holds the record of most number of centuries in ODIs and Tests. After making a debut in 1989, this Mumbai based cricket star retired in 2013, after a 24 year-long run. During the initial phase of his game, his sole source of income was match fees, but with time he started working with brands, advertisements, and endorsements. During his illustrious career, Tendulkar signed sponsorship deals with brands like Boost, Britannia, Fiat Palio, TVS, ESPN Star Sports, Sunfeast, Cannon, Airtel, Phillips, and Castrol India.
2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
With a net worth of 814 crores, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, aka Captain Cool lands #2 on the list.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, the men in blue attained unmatched success in the field by bringing home all three titles including ICC T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup, and the Champions Trophy. Apart from cricket, captain cool has shown keen interest in hockey and football and is the co-owner of is also the co-owner of the franchise Ranchi Rays in Hockey India League and Chennaiyin FC franchise of the Indian Super League.
Dhoni lands among the world’s highest-paid sportspersons and has witnessed a spike of 32% in his net worth the past few years.
3. Virat Kohli
Third on the list is Virat Kohli with a net worth of 674 crores. Currently heading the Indian Cricket team, this young athlete is a prolific run-scorer, irrespective of the format.
According to BCCI’s central contract, he receives about 1.25 crore annually, as his retainer fee. Furthermore, Kohli has endorsement deals with several brands including Audi, Boost, Colgate-Palmolive, Gillette, Gionee, Herbalife, MRF, Puma, Punjab National Bank, Uber, and Vicks. A report suggests that his total earning is 14 crores annually.
4. Virender Sehwag
Fourth on the list is Virender Sehwag, aka Viru, with a whopping net worth of 293 crores. Sehwag was one of India’s most aggressive right-handed opening batsmen and a prolific right-arm off-spin bowler.
The man has endorsements with several brands like Adidas, Boost, Samsung Mobiles, Reebok, Karbonn Mobiles, and Hero Honda. Keeping the monetary measures aside, Sehwag is known for his charity work and support towards young athletes.
5. Yuvraj Singh
With a net worth of 256 crores, Yuvraj Singh lands fifth on the list. This all-round cricketer is unstoppable, which he has proven time and again to the world.
After his success in the 2011 World Cup, Singh was diagnosed with cancer, and many believed that this would be the end of his career. However, he fought the disease and came out stronger than ever.
Besides being a Grade A player, he is known for his foundation YouWeCan that supports various causes, raising awareness and helping cancer patients is one of them. The sportsman also owns a clothing line called YWC.