When we talk about cricket we think of great players like Sachin Tendulkar, M.S Dhoni, Virat Kohli, and so many other superstars. All these players have left their mark in world cricket and others still continue to blow our minds with their extraordinary skills and performances. All these players get paid equally well depending on their game. But some of the players still continue to earn after being retired. So here we have compiled the list of the top 5 richest cricket players in the world in 2022. Furthermore, along with their net worth, we have also included their career highlights and important achievements throughout their career
Raking the top 5 richest cricket players in the world in 2022
|Rank||Player Name||Net worth||Nationality|
|1.||Sachin Tendulkar||$150M (1151 crores)||Indian|
|2.||M.S Dhoni||$113M (867 crores)||Indian|
|3.||Virat Kohli||$92M (706 crores)||Indian|
|4.||Ricky Ponting||$70M (537 crores)||Australian|
|5.||Brain Lara||$60M (460 crores)||Trinidadian|
1. Sachin Tendulkar– Richest cricket players in 2022
Sachin is the most popular Indian sports personality and also the richest athlete in India. Sachin’s net worth is $150 Million (1151 crores). Sachin is known as The Master Blaster, God of Cricket, as well as Master Craftsman by his fans. He has been a perfect batsman of his time and also the most prolific run maker. Sachin is the biggest cricket icon the game has ever known.
Moreover, Sachin has done it all, be it winning World Cup for his country or scoring 100 centuries in international cricket. He has been a true ambassador of his country and also loved across the globe. Sachin Tendulkar was born on April 24, 1973, in Mumbai Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India. Initially, he made his test debut against Pakistan in November 1989 in Karachi. In this series, Sachin scored 0 & 15 runs in two innings. He made his ODI debut against Pakistan in December 1989 at Gujranwala. In this match, he scored just 15 runs.
He not only holds the record of scoring most centuries in ODI but also holds the record of playing the maximum number of ODI matches (463). He also has a record for playing the maximum number of consecutive games (185). Furthermore, Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for playing 200 test matches and scoring 100 centuries. Sachin has scored 15921 runs in Test and 18426 runs in ODI’s.
2. M.S Dhoni
Dhoni has earned respect for the country in the field of cricket as well as the world. The best thing about Dhoni is that he is a self-made man. His journey from a small-town boy to captain cool is truly inspirational. The net worth of Dhoni is $113 Million (867 crores), which also makes him the second richest cricketer in the world.
Dhoni was born and raised in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India, started his career as an employee of the Indian Railway at Kharagpur Railway Station. Though it was not a permanent job, he did it for seven years till 2000. He also played as a part-time wicket-keeper at Commando cricket club (1995–98). In 2013, under his captaincy, India became the first team in 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), he captained the Chennai Super Kings to victory in the 2010, 2011, and 2018 seasons, as well as won the 2010 and 2014 editions of Champions League T20. He announced his retirement from Tests on 30 December 2014. On 10 January 2017, Dhoni also stepped down as captain of the One Day International (ODI) team after leading Team India to victory at the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 at home.
3. Virat Kohli
This Indian cricketer is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. Initially, Kohli made his first-class debut in 2006 and played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He also became the captain of the Test team in 2014, after Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from Test cricket. Moreover, Kohli is the fastest batsman to score 1,000 runs in T20 cricket.
In 2017, he became the first batsman to score three double centuries in a calendar year. He is also the fastest batsman in the world to score 10,000 ODI runs. He reached this milestone in just 205 innings. Furthermore, ESPN ranked him as one of the most famous athletes in the world.
Kohli has won many awards-
- Sir Garfield’s sober trophy for the ICC cricketer of the decade (2011-2020) as well as ICC cricketer of the year (2017 and 2018).
- In 2018, he won the ICC test cricketer of the year.
- He became the Wisden leading cricketer in the world (2016, 2017, and 2018).
- Arjuna award in 2013.
- Padmashree award in 2017.
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Rathna Award (2018)- the highest award for sports in India.
4. Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponying ( born on 19th December 1974) is an Australian cricketer who is now a coach and also a commentator. He captained the Australian cricket team from 2004 to 2011. He was a successful captain because he won 222 out of 324 games. After Sachin, he is the second player to score the highest centuries in international cricket. Initially, he began his career by playing in the Australian domestic league for Tasmania. Ponting was a right-handed batsman with excellent fielding skills. He also played as an occasional bowler. Furthermore, Ricky Ponting led Australia to win the 2003 and 2007 cricket world cup. In 2006 and 2009, as a captain, he won the ICC champions trophy.
He is the only cricketer to win 100 test matches in history. Furthermore, he has the most ODI victories with (262 wins). He became an ICC Hall of Famer in 2018. He played his last match in 2013 and announced his retirement. Currently, he is an assistant coach for the Australian cricket team as well as an occasional commentator.
5. Brain Lara
Brain Charles Lara is a former Trinidadian cricketer. He was a great batsman. He was ranked at the top for test batting and holds several records- highest individual score in test cricket in 1994 with 501 runs (not out), and also the highest individual test innings with 400 runs (not out) in 2004. Lara scored 28 runs in an over against Robin Peterson’s bowling in 2003- which is also a record for the highest runs in an over in test cricket. In 199, his performance was rated as the second-best batting performance in cricket history when he played against Australia in 1999 (155 runs- not out).
According to Muthaiah Mrulitharan, Lara was the toughest opponent he faced among other batsmen. Furthermore, he won Wisden’s leading cricketer in the world award in 1994 and 1995. He also got listed as the BBC’s overseas sports personality of the year. Finally, in 2022 he got inducted into the ICC hall of fame. His nicknames are The Prince of Port of Spain and The Prince.
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