Cricket being the most popular sport in many countries, cricketers are no doubt the biggest benefactors from the game and its associated commercial aspects. With consistent performances on the global circuit, many players see their net worth bloom with every deal added to their kitty. While it is true that advertisements add a stop-start dimension to cricket, but at the end of the day, the few viewers are those who complain, while cricketers continue to go about their merry ways.
#10 Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke is an excellent cricketer from the Australian Cricket Team, who has played nicely. Currently, his yearly income is around $2.9m.
He has earned nicely through Australian Cricket Board and endorsing with the brands like Spartan Sports, Gillette, etc. He has even been the captain of the Australian team for few years.
He is a very good cricketer in the Australian team.
#9 AB De Villiers
AB De Villiers was born on 17th February in 1984, in South Africa. He is also nicknamed as “Mr.360”, due to his ability to play the shots in all the directions. He has a very good strike rate that can change the whole match. Currently, he has the yearly income of around $3.5m.
He has earned through South African central contract, through IPL(Indian Premiere League) and endorsing different brands. He is currently considered as one of the best batsmen in the world.
#8 Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh was born on 12th December 1981, in India. He is also known by the nickname “Yuvi”. He was successful in showing marvelous performance in 2011 ICC World Cup where he was selected as the Man of the tournament. Currently, he has the yearly income of around $3.8m.
His main income is through endorsing various brands and with the IPL (Indian Premier League) contract. He was a very dependable batsman at one time in the Indian team. Yuvraj was the most sought-after player in the 2014 and 2015 IPL auctions bought for 14 and 16 crores respectively.
#7 Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir was born on 14th October 1981, in India. He is known by the nickname “Gauti”. He is a very good batsman, who usually comes in the opening and plays splendidly in initial overs.
In recent years, he has shown some nice performance. Currently, he has the yearly income of around $5m.His main income comes through various brands endorsements and through the IPL contract. Gautam Gambhir has very good shot selection ability and can really play all types of bolls.
#6 Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi was born on 1st March 1980, in Pakistan. He is also known by the nickname “Lala”. He is a good batsman who has the ability to play with high strike rate. He had played very aggressively in his initial year and currently he is playing nicely. Currently, he is one of the richest Pakistan cricketers yearly income of around $5.3m.
His income mainly comes through the PCB Central Contract, playing other T20 leagues and by endorsing various brands. He is a very good batsman who can score nicely.
Afridi has been actively involved in social activities as well. He is part of the UNICEF for their anti-polio campaign in Pakistan. In March 2014, the ‘Shahid Afridi Foundation’ was established with an aim to provide top class education and health facilities in Pakistan.
#5 Shane Watson
Shane Watson was born on 17th June 1981, in Australia. Shane Watson is best known by the nickname “Watto”. He is a very good batsman as well as bowler from the Australian team. He had played some great cricket, particularly in the One Day matches. Currently, he has the yearly income of around $5.5m.
His income mainly comes through Australia Central Contract, IPL(Indian Premiere League) and other T20 Leagues. He found a buyer for himself in the PSL through Islamabad United, who bought him for USD $200,000. In 2016, he debuted in the CPL for the St. Lucia Zouks.He is really a class player in the cricketing world, who has the ability to turn the match.
#4 Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag was born on 20th October 1978, in India. All people know him by his nickname “Viru”. A very marvelous and aggressive batsman, who has the ability to play long innings with high strike rate. Currently, he has the yearly income of around $5.8m.
Viru being retired from international cricket, he coached Punjab team in this year IPL. So now, his main income comes through IPL(Indian Premiere League). He is an outstanding batsman, who is popular around the world. After retirement in 2015, Sehwag has taken to twitter to continue the entertainment he provides and is actively involved in charity events.
#3 Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle was born on 21st September 1979, in West Indies. He has many nicknames in the cricketing world like Gayle-Storm, Gayle-Force, Master Storm, World Boss. Gayle is a very dreaded batsman who has the ability to hit ball massively out of boundary line and he can even score big scores. Currently, he has the yearly income of around $7.5m.
His income comes throughout West Indies Cricket Board, various T20 Leagues and endorsements of various brands. He is really a world class batsman.
#2 Virat Kohli
One of the Most Handsome cricket players, Virat Kohli was born on 5th November 1988, in India. Kohli is one of the most prominent cricketers. Highly sought after due to his popularity, Kohli has featured in several TV commercials. He is also known by the nickname “Cheeku”. He is a very classy batsman, who has played splendidly and shown a good consistency in his form. He has played nicely in recent years. Currently, he has the yearly income of around $24.9m.
His income comes throughout the BCCI contract, IPL and by endorsing various big brands. He is emerging as a great player in the cricketing world.
#1 MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni was born on 7th July 1981, in India. A recipient of many awards in his glittering career including the prestigious Padma Shri, Dhoni holds the record for the most number of endorsement deals signed by a cricketer. He is known moreover with his nickname “Mahi” and “MSD”. He is a very good batsman who can play with good strike rate. Apart from that, he is one of the most successful captain in the world, who has a perfect strategy on the field and more importantly he is always cool even in difficult situations. Currently, he has the yearly income of around $28.7m.
Being a very successful captain and player he earns through BCCI Central Contract, IPL and he has some big brands for endorsing. He is one of the great players in the cricketing world.