Cricket is an extremely popular sport around the world. People are fond of it and love to watch every match. It has become a profession as well. The cricketers are idols of many individuals.
Well, that’s not bad on the grounds that they win for the nation and adds to its glory. Along with that, this is likewise genuine that they are among the highest earning athletes as cricket is highest paying game. Worldwide, its craze is tremendous.
Do you want to know the richest players of your favorite game cricket? Here is the list of top 10 Richest Cricketers in the world as of 2018:
10. AB De Villiers – Net Worth $12 Million
AB De Villiers’s Full name is Abraham Benjamin De Villiers who is a South African Cricketer born on 17 February 1984. His nickname is Mr. 360, Superman of Cricket. His height is 5’10” and he bats Right handed, bowl Right arm medium. He is a Batsman and Wicker-keeper from the South Africa. He is the captain of the South African One Day International (ODI) Team. He is a former captain in T20 and test Cricket in South Africa.
He is regarded as one of the best cricketers, and the best batsman in One day International at present. He is the legend in the modern cricket world. He also holds many crickets batting records such as world’s fastest 50, 100 and 150 in One Day International Cricket, the fastest test century, and the fastest T20, 50 by a South African. He is considered as the number one batsman due to his match winning ability. He made his international debut against England in a Test match of 2014 and played a first ODI in 2005.
9. Chris Gayle – Net Worth $15 million
Chris Gayle was born on September 21, 1979. Gayle is an international cricketer plays for the West Indies. He is a left handed batsman and his height is 6 ft 2 in. Gayle is well known for his characteristic hitting, imposing physique and best timing. Gayle is an all rounder personality, he is a batsman, and he is a fielder and a bowler too. He is very calm at his bowling. There is a long list of his achievements in International cricket. He is the star of the West Indies team. Because of his excellent playing skills and speed he is one of the best international cricketers in the world. Currently he has yearly income of $7.5m.
8. Michael Clarke – Net Worth $16 Million
Michael John Clarke is a former international cricketer and captain of Australia, born on 2 April 1981 in Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia. His nickname is Pup, Clarkey; height is 5’ 10”. He played bats from Right- Hand and bowls form slow left-arm. He led Australia to their 5th Cricket World Cup; his team defeated New Zealand in the final of the ICC Cricket World cup 2015 at MCG.
His ODI shirt number of 23 was passed on him by Shane Warne after his international retirement. He is also a slip catcher. At domestic level he represents New South Wales. Under his captaincy, Australia had to face the worst defeat against Indian in Test history with the lowest test score 47 and shortest, first innings 18.3 overs, and 60 all out; almost whole team criticised his captaincy.
7. Gautam Gambhir – Net Worth $20 Million
Gautam Gambhir is an Indian international cricketer born on October 14, 1981, his nickname is Gauti. He is an opening batsman who played with left hand and plays domestic cricket for Delhi. He had also played a role of Captain of Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier league. He played cricket in 1999 to 2007 from the Delhi, 2008 to 2010 Delhi Daredevils and 2011 to till now from Kolkata Knight Riders. His Debut in One Day International (ODI) was in 2003 against Bangladesh and played first Test the following year against Australia.
He played an integral part in India’s won in the final of 2007 World Twenty-Twenty and 2011 Cricket World Cup. He is the only Indian batsman to have scored more than 300 runs in four Consecutive Test series and also the highest run Scorer for Indian in Twenty-Twenty Internationals on February 2014. His biggest achievement is when he was honored with the Arjuna Award, which is India’s Second Highest sporting award by the President of India in 2008.
6. Shahid Afridi – Net Worth $30 Million
Shahid Khan Afridi is a Pakistani Cricketer and former captain of the Pakistan National Cricket team, born on 1 March 1980. His Full name is Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi and nickname is Boom Boom Afridi, Lala. His height is 6’ 0”. He is known for his aggressive batting style; he is Allrounder cricketer and holds the record of most (97 )Wickets, and maximum number of player of the match award in Twenty- twenty international cricket.
Recently he held the record of the fastest ODI century in 37 deliveries, also the distinction of having hit the most number of sixes in the history of ODI Cricket. He considers himself a better bowler because he has taken 48 test wickets and 350 over in ODIs. He is also the owner of the Shahid Afridi Foundation and a philanthropist. He had also named among the top 20 most charitable athletes in the world. Afridi announced his retirement from the cricket on February 19, 2017.
5. Shane Watson – Net Worth $35 Million
Shane Watson was born on June 17, 1981 in Australia. He played as an International cricketer for Australia team. His best nickname is “Watto”. He plays two roles for the Australian team; Watson is a batsman and a bowler too. He is a remarkable cricketer playing with the unbeatable skills that put the opposite team in miserable conditions.
Shane Watson is one of the highest paid cricketers in the Indian Premier League. Shane Watson is the only player who stood by on number one position in T20 ranking for 150 weeks. Watson is very fond of cars and he has a stunning, beautiful house worth $9.7 million.
4. Yuvraj Singh – Net Worth $40 Million
Yuvraj Singh is an International Cricketer born on December 12, 1981 in Chandigarh, India. He is the Son of the Former Indian Fast Bowler and Punjabi Actor Yograj Singh and Shabnam Singh. His wife’s name is Hazel Keech. He is an All-rounder cricketer who bats left- handed and bowls slow left arm. Since October 2000, he has been the member of the Indian Cricket Team in ODIs and in 2003 he played his First Test match. From 2007-2008, he was the vice- Captain of the Indian ODI Team.
In 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, he was the man of the Tournament and one of the top performers at the ICC World Twenty20 2007; both of the matches where India won. He famously hit sixes in one over bowled by Stuart Board in the match against England at the 2007 World Twenty20. He became the first Player to take a 5 Wicket haul and Score a 50 in the same World Cup of 2011. His yearly earnings is $6 Million and IPL 10 salary is $1.8 Million.
3. Virender Sehwag – Net Worth $35 Million
Virender Sehwag was born on October 20, 1978 in Delhi, India. He is famous of his nickname “Viru”. Sehwag is a very dreadful batsman who has the ability to hit very long. He is well known for hitting balls massively out of the boundary line, high scorer in fewer balls. Sehwag is very marvelous, charming and aggressive player who plays with very high strike rate.
He is the Zen Master of Modern Cricketer who is a violent right handed batsman in Indian Cricket Team. He also played as a part time off-spin bowler. However, he is not playing in the team, but still earning a good amount of yearly $5 million. His income is not based only upon his profession but also on his endorsement assignments. He owns a Continental GT car model. He has been raked in for $1.7 million in IPL 10.
2. MS Dhoni – Net Worth $70 Million
Indian former team captain MS Dhoni is renowned personality in the field of cricket. He was born on July 7, 1981. He played his first test match in 2005 against Sri Lanka. He has countless captaincy records. In 2007, he took captaincy from Rahul Dravid. He has won numerous awards for his outstanding captaincy of Indian cricket team. In the ICC test rankings, Dhoni guided the Indian team and it got first rank in that in 2009.
After 2014, he took retirement from the test matches. His steadfast efforts led him to the direction of success. He got honored with Padma Shri and the Rajiv Khel Ratna awards, which worked as icing on the cake in his prestige. He is known for his excellence and down to earth nature. He took Indian cricket to topmost position with his own hard work and innovative ways.
1. Virat Kohli – Net Worth $92 Million
Virat Kohli is worldwide popular as one of the best batsman. He was born on November 5, 1988, in Delhi, India. He is captain of Indian National Team and is well known international cricketer. Earlier, his identity was unknown as he didn’t establish his position. After that, he has done continuous hard work and with his tireless efforts, he succeed in maintaining his identity worldwide by winning World Cup 2011.
Since then, he is developing at each step and getting famous in the whole world. He has won numerous awards for his outstanding performances in the cricket matches. He got honored with Arjuna Award in 2013. His prestige is extremely high and he is popularly known as most valuable Indian celebrity of all the times. He is best modern day cricketer in the whole world. He recently outlasted the net worth of Dhoni and became the highest paid Cricketer. His renewed contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore earn him a $2.26 million at IPL 10.
Cricket is growing high. It is contributing to the prestige of nations very well. These cricket players are ruling over the hearts of the audience. They raise the eminence of the country and guide others too to raise their heads to give part in the development of the country. Along with being ideals for youth, they are able to rake in much money apart from the cricketing career.