In a sport where both brand sponsors and bat sponsors mean everything, wealth is often divided between cricketers. For example, the most popular players earn a lot more than those who are relative newcomers. And then there is the salary inequality which separates the richest cricketers in the world from the rest, only due to the country whom they play for.
Joe Root for example earns nearly £1.5 million approximately from the ECB every year. But, due to his age and popularity, he is far from the top at this point in time.
So, who are those with the highest net worth?
Brian Lara batting for West Indies during the 1st NatWest Series One Day International between West Indies and Zimbabwe at Bristol, 6th July 2000. The wicketkeeper for Zimbabwe is Andy Flower.
With an estimated net worth of $60 million USD, Brian Lara comes at number five on our list in terms of cricketers and their wealth. He played for the West Indies between 1990 and 2007 and also continued to play domestic T20 leagues after that for a short time period. MRF is one of the biggest bat sponsors that Brian Lara has a partnership with. He also works with a lot of pundits on television, which is likely to have helped his net worth grow.
Brian Lara is number five on our list of “Top 5 richest cricketers in the world.”
Australia v India 2nd test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia’s Ricky Ponting celebrates his century after sliding into the crease. Sydney, Australia. Wednesday 4th January 2012.
Ricky Ponting is at number four on this list. He is estimated to have a net worth of close to $65 million USD. The former Australian captain played cricket between 1995 and 2012 and then still earned further income from contracts with the IPL, the BBL and the CPL. His book is one of the driving factors that earned Ponting a good source of income. The book titled “At The Close Of Play.” is a top selling book in the world of cricket. Adidas and Atari are among the sponsors that Ricky Ponting has.
Ricky Ponting is number four on our list of “Top 5 richest cricketers in the world.”
Virat Kohli of India celebrates his century during the 3rd ODI match between West Indies and India at Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on August 14, 2019.
Coming in at number three is India’s captain Virat Kohli, who has a whopping net worth estimated to be around $93 million USD. He earns from his contract with the BCCI and the Indian Premier League with the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Puma and MRF are among Kohli’s main sponsorships. He has the highest net worth among any active cricketer in internationals.
Virat Kohli is number three on our list of “Top 5 richest cricketers in the world.”
India’s cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni poses with the Man of the match and the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy near the Gateway of India during a photo call at the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai on April 3, 2011. India won the Cricket World Cup for the first time since 1983 with a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka on April 2.
In second place is “Captain Cool.” India’s most successful captain in the shortest format of the game, MS Dhoni has won the trio of the ICC Cricket World Cup, the ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC World T20. He is the only captain to do so. MS Dhoni is estimated to have a net worth of around $111 million USD. He is currently contracted by the Chennai Super Kings and he is currently the face of 12 different brands, including GoDaddy and Colgate.
MS Dhoni is number two on our list of “Top 5 richest cricketers in the world.”
GWALIOR, INDIA – FEBRUARY 24: Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates his 100 during the 2nd ODI between India and South Africa at Captain Roop Singh Stadium on February 24, 2010 in Gwalior, India.
In first place, is “The Little Master.” from India. Sachin Tendulkar is thought to have a net worth estimated between $120 million USD and $150 million USD according to various sources. He initially started gaining net worth from cricket and the Indian Premier League. This improved as he became more famous and lots of high-quality sponsors were attracted. It is now believed that Tendulkar is also big in real estate and has massively bumped up his net worth from investing in property.
Sachin Tendulkar is number one on our list of “Top 5 richest cricketers in the world.”