Richest cricketer in India is Sachin Tendulkar, who has a net worth of INR 1090 crore. He is closely followed by current Indian player Virat Kohli.
The third person on our list of top ten richest cricketers in India is MS Dhoni.
In this article, we will discuss the top ten when it comes to some of our most celebrated cricketers who are minting money.
Top 10 Richest Cricketers in India
In India, cricketers are worshiped. They are idols for millions of people. No surprise, our cricketers are some of the richest people not only in India but also in the world.
Sachin Tendulkar tops that list, and he is followed by the current superstar Virat Kohli. He is followed by MS Dhoni, who is then followed by former India captain Sourav Ganguly. The fifth position on our list of the richest cricketer in India belongs to former player Virender Sehwag.
Known as the God of Cricket, Tendulkar is the richest cricketer in India, with a net worth of USD 130–140 million.
- He played for India for more than 25 years and established his brand as among the most celebrated Indians.
- Companies would pay him INR 50 to 60 lakhs for one advertisement in his initial days, which grew to 2 to 3 crores by the time he reached his prime.
- Tendulkar has his own Instagram page, where he endorses various brands.
Virat Kohli is the second richest cricketer in India, with a net worth of USD 112 million. Known as King Kohli, this 34-year-old has established his brand on a worldwide level.
- He is the most known and, hence, the most marketable cricketer across the world.
- He is also a huge hit among the Indian diaspora, which resides in countries like United States and Australia.
- According to a report, Kohli charges INR 14 crore for one Instagram post; his Instagram account has 259 million followers.
Former India captain MS Dhoni, who led India to the 2011 ODI World Cup, is reportedly the third richest cricketer in India, with a net worth of USD 115 million.
Although he is not active on Twitter, he sometimes posts on Instagram, which has 46 million followers.
One of the most inspiring captains of India, Ganguly taught his team how to play aggressively. His legendary with the bat also made him one of the most reputed brands. He has a net worth of USD 60 million.
Former India opener Sehwag is fifth in the list of richest cricketers in India, with a net worth of USD 45 million. Despite retiring in 2015, Sehwag still holds command over the masses and is quite active on his Twitter profile.
2011 ODI and 2007 T20 World Cup winner Yuvraj Singh was among the most popular players among the Indian fans. It was this popularity that helped him bag deals with many multinational companies whose brands he endorsed.
As of now, he has a net worth of USD 40 million.
The current India captain has a net worth of USD 26 million, making him the seventh richest cricketer in India.
Being the captain, he gets the highest salary as he falls in Category A of the central contracts issued by the BCCI. Moreover, he also gets approached by multinational companies for brand endorsements.
With a net worth of USD 25 million, Suresh Raina also features on our list of the richest cricketers in India.
Raina retired the day Dhoni retired, on August 15, 2020. However, his fan craze saw no shortage as he made a comeback as a commentator.
He still gets invitations to play in local games or celebrity cricket leagues, which shows his popularity.
His stint with the Chennai Super Kings made him a crowd favourite in the city, earning him the name ‘chinna thala.’
Dravid, the current India coach and former India captain, was a silent cricketer. Nonetheless, his bat did all the talking as he built his brand, which is now known as the ‘wall.’
He is the ninth richest cricketer on this list, with a net worth of USD 24 million.
Last but not least, here’s our last entrant, who is none other than Gautam Gambhir. Known to polarise the cricket world with his fiery statement, Gambhir played his last ODI match a decade ago.
Nonetheless, he has lots of fans, which makes him quite popular and gets him plum posts in IPL teams.
As of now, he has a net worth of USD 25 million.
In India, cricketers are worshiped like gods. That’s why they get money as well as power. For example, Gambhir became a Member of Parliament after he contested elections on a BJP ticket.
Moreover, the likes of Suresh Raina, Sourav Ganguly, and Virender Sehwag have retired but stay fresh in public memory thanks to their legendary status as Indian cricketers. So, not only do these cricketers earn a lot of money through the sport, but they also get brand endorsements worth crores.
Present cricketers have Instagram accounts that have millions of followers. A person like Kohli charges crores for endorsing brands through a single post.
As long as cricket remains popular, cricketers will be worshiped and will earn a lot of money.