Cricket, a game loved by billions, has also become big business in the local gaming industry. Cricket’s global popularity means that its players may command higher salaries and enjoy more endorsement deals than their counterparts in other sports. Cricketers are regularly recognized and endorsed as some of the world’s highest-paid athletes due to the sport’s widespread appeal.
It’s true that Indian cricketers enjoy some of the highest salaries among professional athletes worldwide. Popular cricketers get money not just from playing matches, but also from endorsement deals and paid public appearances. Franchise cricket leagues have increased cricketers’ earning potential in recent years.
List of Top Richest Cricketer in India
Here is a list of Top 10 Richest Cricketers in India 2023
1. Sachin Tendulkar
When it pertains to the commercial aspect of things, the person who is god of cricket is also known as the God of Wealth. The master has been enjoying a comfortable position at the top of the profit earning charts since his cricket days, when he agreed to sign that huge deal with MRF tyres.
This contract is currently proving to be one of the most significant business transactions that the little master has ever completed in his career. In addition to the money he makes from sponsorships and advertising partnerships, his book “Playing it my way,” which was published in 2014, is also a major contributor to the rise in his profits to a new level.
Net Worth- INR 1114 crores
2. MS Dhoni
The most popular captain in the history of Indian cricket is yet another player whose name appears on the list of rich and wealthy. His extensive portfolio of investments and his vast array of brand endorsements, in addition to his contract with the Indian Premier League, have contributed to the expansion of his wealth.
Yet, significant number of individuals are aware that in 2016, the biopic movie “MS Dhoni” earned him a cool 30 crore Indian Rupees in royalties. When you add on top of that his prestigious posts in the army, it is evident that this helps increase the riches that he has available to him.
Net Worth- INR 818 crores
3. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli’s business savvy extends beyond the boundaries of the cricket field, as evidenced by the fact that he is an ambassador for some of the most well-known businesses in the country. Virat Kohli is truly demonstrating his economic acumen in the corporate interests that he now holds, including as his fitness club, his One8 network of restaurants, as well as his participation in the fashion companies Red Chief and Wrong.
Net Worth- INR 690 crores
4. Saurav Ganguly
Saurav Ganguly, who is widely regarded as one of the best cricket players in the world, currently holds the position of the fourth-wealthiest cricketer in India.
Ganguly who is affectionately known as “Dada” by his devoted followers is largely considered as the person responsible for instilling an aggressive mindset in the cricket team. It is said that it assisted him in beating even the most powerful opponents.
At the moment, he holds the positions of president of the (BCCI), president of the (CAB), and head of the Wisden India Editorial Board.
Even though he has been retired from international cricket for ten years, this is the reason why he continues to enjoy such a large following among fans.
The value of Dada’s brand has been steadily increasing, which has allowed him to get endorsement deals.
Net Worth- INR 374 crores
5. Virendra Sehwag
Apart of the sport of cricket, the Prince of Najafgarh has a few other commercial interests. In addition to being among the most devastating openers and having made an enormous fortune by participating in the IPL, he also runs a restaurant as well as a handful of other businesses and has a few other business interests. The remainder of his income comes from commentary work and endorsement deals with a variety of brands.
Net Worth- INR 334 crores
6. Yuvraj Singh
Because of his charming personality and striking good features, Yuvraj Singh attracted the interest of a significant number of different businesses. Off the ground, his investment firm YouWeCan ventures is doing well, and he has invested in a number of different startups such as Healthians, EazyDiner, and others.
While he was one of the most big name players in the Indian Premier League auction twice, while he was playing, he was the most important players in the auction. In his best-selling autobiography, in which he details the challenges he faced while battling cancer, he generated a significant amount of revenue.
Net Worth- INR 259 crores
7. Suresh Raina
Raina is a brilliant all-rounder and a consistent batsman in the middle order. He is the seventh-highest paid cricket player in India.
His time spent playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) over the course of ten years has made a considerable contribution to his net worth.
He is now on an annual deal with CSK worth Rs. 11 crore and it has made around 100+ crore in pay since the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League.
The mansion that Raina and his family call home in Ghaziabad is valued at 18 crore rupees.
Net Worth- INR 185 crores
8. Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid, who is well-known for his laid-back personality, is the eighth-richest cricketer in India. Because of his long and successful career in cricket, which spanned 16 years, Rahul Dravid is thought to have a net worth of approximately 172 crores of Indian rupees (INR).
He has been able to support himself through playing cricket, providing commentary on the game, coaching, and receiving sponsorship deals from various brands.
As the Head of Operations for the National Cricket Academy (NCA), he is compensated approximately sixty million rupees (Rs.) each and every month for his efforts. Dravid also serves as the head coach of India A squad as well as the India Under-19 team, and he reportedly received a salary of INR 5 Crores for his work.
Recently, he was seen pushing the credit card application known as CRED. His CRED commercial has garnered a lot of positive feedback, which will undoubtedly lead to an increase in his market value in the future.
Net Worth- INR 172 crores
9. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma is now the vice-captain of India’s limited-overs team and ranks ninth on the list of the wealthiest cricketers in India.
Fans have given the opening batsman the nickname “Hitman” due to his exquisite yet aggressive batting style, which earned him the nickname.
As a result of his placement in the A+ tier of the BCCI’s annual contract, Rohit receives a yearly salary of 7 crore rupees from the organization.
In addition, the BCCI gives their A+ grade players a match fee of Rs. 15 lakhs per Test series, Rupees 6 lakh for every ODI match & Rupees 3 lakh for the T20I match. These amounts are in Indian Rupees.
The fact that Rohit plays for India in all three formats of the game means that his salary from the BCCI is a significant boost to his overall net worth.
In addition to this rich contract, Rohit is the captain of the Mumbai Indians, the team for which he plays in the Indian Premier League, which pays him a yearly salary of Rs. 15 crores. Since 2008, the Hitman has amassed a total of around Rs. 146 crores with his participation in the Indian Premier League.
It is believed that Rohit charges anything between Rs. 1 and 2 crores each day for the brand shoots, and he has been known to promote several major companies.
Net Worth- INR 160 crores
10. Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir comes in at number 10 on our list of the wealthiest cricketers.
He had declared a total of Rs. 116 crore in mobile assets, Rs. 28 crore in immovable assets, and Rupee 34.20 crore in liabilities in his election affidavit when he stood for the Lok sabha election.
Gambhir’s annual earnings are between Rs. 10-15 crores, which allows him to live in a mansion in Delhi valued at roughly Rs. 18 crores.
To this day, he brings in dough via comments, investments, and product endorsements. Gambhir has endorsed companies such as Cricplay, Hero Motocorp, Red Bull, Reebok and others for an estimated 1–2 crore rupees.
Net Worth- INR 147 crores