Do you want to know who are the top four richest cricketers in India? If so, take a look at this list of the top four richest cricketers in India by 2021.
Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world, and cricketers from all over the world earn large sums of money through various contracts and deals, whether related to cricket or not.
Cricket itself is the primary source of income for many cricketers. If they are extremely popular, they may also earn money through various commercials. Some cricketers will earn by investing in other sports clubs or running their businesses. Finally, to build an image that can bring major deals even after retirement, the player must be a top-class performer throughout his cricketing career.
At the moment, many cricketers end up receiving big contracts in tournaments such as the Indian Premier League (IPL). On that note, here are the four wealthiest cricketers in India as of May 2021.
The Top 4 Richest Cricketers in India [May 2021 Updated List].
1. Sachin Tendulkar.
Sachin Tendulkar, the God of Cricket, is the richest cricketer not only in India but also in the world. According to 2021 reports, his net worth is Rs 1090 crore.
Tendulkar is a beloved icon in the game, and he still holds the record for most ODI and Test centuries. After making his debut in 1989, this Mumbai-based cricketer retired in 2013, capping a 24-year career. Initially, match fees were his sole source of income, but over time, he began to work with brands, advertisements, and endorsements. Tendulkar signed sponsorship deals with companies such as BMW, Boost, Britannia, Fiat Palio, TVS, ESPN Star Sports, Sunfeast, Cannon, Airtel, Phillips, and Castrol India & Luminous India during his impressive career. Sachin takes first place in the list of the top four richest cricketers in India.
2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Former Indian captain MS Dhoni is highly recognized as one of the most successful captains in cricket history. Under his captaincy, Team India won all ICC trophies, including the T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup, and Champions Trophy.
Dhoni, who was seen as the most effective finisher in white-ball cricket, has scored over 10,000+ runs in ODIs. The Ranchi-born superstar ranks third among international wicketkeepers in dismissals with 829 (634 catches, 195 stumpings).
Dhoni dominated the top brand industries as well as the game. He had endorsement deals with major companies such as Reebok, Red Bus, Sony Bravia, TVS Motors, Lays, Snickers, GoDaddy, Orient, Gulf Oil, Dream-11, and many others.
MSD is a co-owner of the Ranchi Rays, a Hockey India League franchise, outside of cricket. He is also a co-owner of Chennaiyin FC in the ISL, alongside Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan. The ex-India captain also has a lifestyle brand called SEVEN, and his net worth is expected to be around $110 million in 2021.
MS Dhoni is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army on an honorary basis. He trained with the Parachute Regiment for more than a month following the 2019 World Cup semifinal loss. MSD takes second place in the list of the top four richest cricketers in India.
3. Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli is third on the list, with a net worth of 900 crores. This young athlete, who is currently the captain of the Indian cricket team, is a prolific run-scorer in any format.
The fact that Virat Kohli is the only active cricketer on this list attests to his importance. Kohli is the modern-day cricket megastar, and his brand value appears to be increasing by the day.
The Delhi-native earns a lot of money for endorsing top brands like Audi, MRF, Puma, Colgate-Palmolive, and so on. Kohli has his own clothing line, WROGN, One8 (partnering with Puma) that is very popular among young people.
Aside from that, the Indian captain is a co-owner of FC Goa in the Indian Super League (ISL) and the UAE Royals in the International Premier Tennis League.
4. Sourav Ganguly.
Sourav Ganguly, also known as “Dada,” is a divisive figure in Indian cricket. The dignified left-handed batsman was one of the captains who led Indian cricket back from the edge of disaster following the match-fixing scandal. He announced his retirement from international cricket in 2008, but he continued to play in the IPL and hold coaching positions.
Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly took over as BCCI’s 39th President in October 2019. Ganguly has an estimated net worth of USD 85 million. After retiring, Ganguly makes the majority of his money by endorsing 11 global, national, and regional brands. He is currently the brand ambassador for DTDC campaigns and earns more than 1 crore from this. Other companies that pay him well include Tata Tetley, Puma, Essilor Lens, and Senco Gold. According to reports, Puma pays him Rs.1.35 crore per year. It is estimated that the charges around one crore rupees per year for brand endorsements.