Forbes 2014's Ten Richest Cricket Players in the World

By Ghazala Sulaiman
Published 4 months ago | Media / Entertainment

Forbes 2014's Ten Richest Cricket Players in the World

Ever wondered how rich and famous a cricket celebrity can get?

It is a fact that cricket’s swelling fame and popularity as the second best sport in the world has made a vast number of players pretty rich in no time. On top of it, their participation in Indian Premiere League and a variety of brand endorsements adds to their massive paychecks. Let’s take a look on a list released by Forbes on the top ten Richest Cricket Players of 2014. To no one’s surprise, Indians are dominating a larger part of it.

10. Yusuf Pathan

The power hitter of Indian cricket team and one of the most expensive players of Indian Premiere League, Yusuf Pathan makes his mark in the list with a net worth of $3.9 million.

Cricket Pay: $3.3 million

Endorsements: $0.6 million

IPL Team: Kolkata Knight Riders

Major Sponsors: PepsiCo, Tata Indicom

9. Ricky Ponting

With two phenomenal World Cup victories to his name, Australia’s most successful captain of all time Ricky Ponting has long retired but is still making good money, worth $4 million.

Cricket Pay: $2 million

Endorsements: $2 million

IPL Team: None

Major Sponsors: Kookaburra, KFC Valvoline, Rexona

8. Brett Lee

The Speed sensation, Brett Lee indeed knows how to make himself some speedy money. Currently, he is earning a stunning sum of $5 million.

Cricket Pay: $3 million

Endorsements: $2 million

IPL Team: Kolkata Knight Riders

Major Sponsors: Adidas, Volkswagen, and Gatorade.

7. Michael Clarke

The Australian captain Michael Clarke grabs the sixth spot in Forbes list with a pay of worth $5 million. His confidence and smartness in the field speaks volumes about his achievements in the cricket cosmos.

Cricket Pay: $3 million

Endorsements: $2 million

IPL Team: Pune Warriors India

Major Sponsors: Spartan Sports, Gillette and Bonds

6. Shane Watson

The all rounder Shane Watson becomes the most wealthy cricket celebrity in Australia with a net worth of $6 million to his name.

Cricket Pay: $3 million

Endorsements: $3 million

IPL Team: Rajasthan Royals

Major Sponsors: Gunn & Moore, Asics and TAG Heuer.

5. Virender Sehwag

Halfway down the list of the richest cricket players, the invincible Indian opener and the highest scorer of ODI format, Virender Sehwag earns a massive wealth of $7 million.

Cricket Pay: $3 million

Endorsements: $4 million

IPL Team: Dehli Daredevils

Major Sponsors: Hero Honda, Fila and Royal Challenge

4. Gautam Gambhir

One of the most prominent players in the Indian cricket fraternity and the captain of the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, Gautam Gambhir has an estimated earning of $8million.

Cricket Pay: $4 million

Endorsements: $4 million

IPL Team: Kolkata Knight Riders

Major Sponsors: Reebok, Lays, Hero Honda and RedBull

3. Virat Kohli

The much talented and the aggressive Indian emerging star, Virat Kohli is the third richest cricketer in the world. Quite popular amongst the youth, Kohli collects a spectacular salary of $12 million.

Cricket Pay: $3 million

Endorsements: $9 million

IPL Team: Royal Challengers Bangalore

Major Sponsors: Nike, Pepsi and Toyota

2. Sachin Tendulkar

The ultimate legend in the cricket history and the worlds’ greatest cricket player of all times, the now retired Tendulkar is the runner-up in the list. His paycheck is worth a colossal $22 million.

Cricket Pay: $4 million

Endorsements: $18 million

IPL Team: Mumbai Indians

Major Sponsors: Adidas, Coca-Cola and Castrol

1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Topping the list, the King of Cricket is none other than the young cricketer MS Dhoni. Snaring all the endorsements to himself, he has practically become the India’s face of cricket with his supreme earning of $31.5 million.

Cricket Pay: $3.5 million

Endorsements: $28 million

IPL Team: Chennai Super Kings

Major Sponsors: Reebook, PepsiCo, Sony

Ghazala Sulaiman

Ghazala Sulaiman

Words constitute a greater part of Ghazala’s world. Never did she realize that there is an avid writer residing deep down. Now, writing has become more of a passion than a career for her. Currently, she is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Iqra University and is loving every bit of it.

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