Most people wouldn’t think of cricket when talking about the highest paying sports in the world. It won’t appear on any top ten lists because there are only 12 nations that are full members of the ICC. These are New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe, India, South Africa, Pakistan, England, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Ireland, Sri Lanka, and Australia.
Still, you might be surprised to see that some cricket players take home salaries that rival other, more popular sports like the NHL, MMA, and Formula One. Here are the world’s top ten richest cricket players and how they stack up to other global stars.
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- Sachin Tendulkar – $115 million
Sachin Tendulkar is the richest cricket player globally, with a net worth of $155 million. He played for Team India from 1989 to 2013. See how his net worth compares to other athletes at Cashlady.com.
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni – $111 million
Mahendra Singh Dhoni comes in at a close second with a net worth of $111 million. He is currently playing for Team India and joined the team back in 2004. You can even play as him in fantasy cricket games.
- Virat Kohli – $92 million
Currently playing for Team India, Virat Kohli has had a great career. His net worth is already $92 million, and he’s been playing for the team since 2008. You can find out more about Virat and his career on CricBuzz.
- Ricky Pointing – $65 million
The first cricket player on the list who isn’t from Team India, Ricky Pointing has a net worth of $65 million. He played for Team Australia from 1995 to 2012.
- Brian Lara – $60 million
Brian Lara has a net worth of $60 million from his 17-year cricket career playing for Team West Indies. He started playing for them in 1990 and retired in 2007.
- Shane Warne – $52 million
Shane Warne played for Team Australia from 1992 – 2007. He has a total net worth of $52 million.
- Virender Sehwag – $40 million
Virender Sehwag had a 14-year career on Team India from 1999 to 2013. During his career, he managed to attain a net worth of $40 million.
- Jacques Kallis – $35 million
Playing for Team South Africa from 1995 – 2014, Jacques Kallis is the 8th wealthiest cricket player with a net worth of $35 million.
- Yuvraj Singh – $35 million
Also, with a net worth of $35 million is Yuvraj Singh, who played for Team India from 2000 to 2017.
- Shane Watson – $30 million
Shane Watson played for Team Australia from 2002 to 2016. He has a total net worth of $30 million.
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How does it compare?
When comparing the net worth of top cricket players to other athletes’ net worth, they aren’t as far off as you might think. With a net worth of $115 million, Sachin Tendulkar puts him in the ranks with MMA fighter Conor McGregor, baseball legend Manny Ramirez, and Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel.
Even at the lower end of the spectrum, Shane Watson, with a $30 million net worth, is around the same as MMA fighters Brock Lesnar and George St. Pierre and NHL player Steve Yzerman.