With the genesis of T20 cricket, cricket has witnessed revolutionary changes in terms of the popularity of the sport and the income earned by cricketers. The format has brought in a fast-moving, entertaining form of cricket to the world, forcing batsmen and bowlers to garner out-of-the-box solutions to counter the attacking prowess of the opponent.
#10 Rahul Dravid – US $22.6 million
Nicknamed ‘The Wall’, Rahul Dravid has a reputation for being one of the finest test players to have played the game. With a tremendous amount of patience and flawless method of play, Dravid often tormented bowlers, tiring them out with his sturdy resistance.
#9 Yuvraj Singh – US $35.5 million
The story of Yuvraj Singh’s recovery from cancer has been inspiring to many while his cricket is often rendered flawless. The southpaw will remain in the memories of Indian fans forever, having played a monumental role with his all-round skills in the ICC World Cup 2011, assisting India to a title win and emerging as the Man of the Tournament.
#8 Virender Sehwag – US $40 million
Supremely destructive at the top of the order, Virender Sehwag is regarded as one of the best openers to have competed in the game. With his strike rate seldom falling below 100, Sehwag was almost impossible to bowl to, displaying fearlessness and bouts of confidence as and when he wielded the bat.
#7 Shane Watson – US $40 million
Destructive with the bat and shrewd with the ball, Shane Watson is one of the best all-rounders in cricket. Possessing the ability to float around in the batting order, Watson has managed to fit into both the anchor’s and finisher’s role to perfection and has cropped up as one of the best all-rounders in limited-overs history.
#6 Shahid Afridi – US $41 million
One of the finest cricketers to have played the game, Shahid Afridi will be forever engraved in every cricket fan’s heart for the amount of entertainment he has showcased throughout his career. A powerful middle-order batsman with the ability to baffle batsmen while bowling, Afridi remains one of the finest all-rounders in the game.
#5 Shane Warne – US $50 million
Perhaps one of the greatest leg-spinners to have played the game, Shane Warne has often brought out his mixed bag of tricks and bamboozled batsmen throughout his career. With over 1000 international wickets to his name,
#4 Virat Kohli – US $53 million
The current heartthrob of every Indian cricket fan and India’s skipper in Tests, Virat Kohli has stamped his authority over all parts of the globe with some mesmerising performances. An elegant batsman with an array of strokes under his belt, Kohli has already emerged as a front-runner to shatter records set in the game.
#3 Ricky Ponting – US $65 million
One of Australia’s finest and most successful captain, Ricky Ponting occupies the third position in the richest cricketers list. He will be forever remembered for captaining the Australian team in ‘The golden Era’ which saw Australia presenting a stiff challenge to every team that came their way.
#2 Mahendra Singh Dhoni – US $103 million
India’s limited-overs skipper MS Dhoni occupies the number two position on the charts with a net worth of just over $100 million. Currently the highest paid cricketer in the world, Dhoni is regarded as one of the best finishers in the game. At the helm of the Indian cricket team for almost 10 years, Dhoni equalled Ricky Ponting’s record of the ‘most international matches as captain’ recently in June 2016.
#1 Sachin Tendulkar – US $118 million
Sachin Tendulkar needs no introduction. One of the greatest cricketers to have played the game, the records against his name will take more than a lifetime to beat. Although the legend has retired from the game, his aura remains etched forever. The only player in the history of cricket to score 100 international centuries, he holds the record for the highest number of runs in both ODI and Tests.
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