Top 10 Highest Paid Cricketers In The World | 2021 Power Ranking

June 22, 2021 By Sourav

Top 10 Highest Paid Cricketers In The World | 2021 Power Ranking

Cricket is a game of suspense, thrill, and excitement. All the cricket superstars are known for their impressive batting, bowling, and fielding styles. The players always try to make the game enjoyable for the audience. Besides that, some superstar players are the face of cricket right now. Their popularity and notable careers make them rich because they earn a lot through endorsements and salary packages. Here we listed the top 10 highest paid cricketers in the world right now. All these impressive personalities are making a significant amount of money.


Highest Paid Cricketers | 2021 Power Ranking


10. Yuvraj Singh – $3.5 Million/Year
9. Michael Clarke – $3.9 Million/Year
8. Gautam Gambhir – $4.79 Million/Year
7. Shane Watson – $5.5 Million/Year
6. Shahid Afridi – $5.8 Million/Year
5. Virender Sehwag – $6.1 Million/Year
4. AB de Villiers – $6.4 Million/Year
3. Chris Gayle – $7.5 Million/Year
2. MS Dhoni – $21.7 Million/Year
1. Virat Kohli – $24 Million/Year

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Cricket is not only about the greatest batsmen or the greatest fast bowlers. But, it is also about the richest one too. And, here are the highest paid cricketers in the world right now.

Note: We have considered the overall yearly income while ranking these players. So, we have taken into account many players not currently active in the cricketing scenario, like Shehwag and Gambhir, but still make a steady yearly income from various sources.


10. Yuvraj Singh – $3.5 Million/Year


International Team: India
Position: Left-Handed Batsman / Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Bowler
Net Worth: INR. 258 Crores/- (Around $35 million)
Endorsements: Puma, Xbox 306, Code masters, Easy Diner, Revital, YWC

In his playing career, Yuvraj Singh represented India internationally. The ICC Men's World Cup in 2011 crowned him Man of the Tournament for his all-rounder abilities. It was his home ground in Mohali where he made his debut for India in 2003. In terms of middle-order batters, he is perhaps among the greatest left-handed batsmen of all time. Yuvraj has won many awards both on and off the field.

He is known for hitting six sixes in an over against Stuart Broad during the 2007 ICC Men's T20 World Cup. Having been diagnosed with cancer at the height of his career, he has seen ups and downs. Moreover, the remaining matches he played were decent, but he eventually retired from international cricket in 2019.

Yuvraj is still among the highest paid cricketers in 2021 despite his retirement. He earned $3.5 million in 2021 through endorsements with big brands like Puma, Xbox 306, Code masters. In addition to Easy Diner and Revital, Yuvraj Singh also owns a brand named YWC, which is a non-profit organization.

As a Grade B cricketer, he is officially recognized by the BCCI. However, most of his fans dubbed him as one of the greatest hard-hitters in cricket. With the Royal Challengers Bangalore, he signed a deal worth INR 14 crores during the 2014 IPL. He earned INR 16 crores in 2015 as a member of the Delhi Daredevils team.


9. Michael Clarke – $3.9 Million/Year


International Team: Australia
Position: Right-Handed Batsman / Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Bowler
Net Worth: $22 Million
Endorsements: GlobalTech, Hublot, Art of Fusion

The former Australian skipper is one of the most successful cricket captains of all time. Clarke won the Allan Border Medal four times in his career. This award recognizes an individual cricketer for his outstanding performance during the past year and is regarded as the most prestigious individual award in Australian cricket. GlobalTech, Hublot, and the Art of Fusion contribute to the majority of his earnings with endorsements.

Additionally, he earns a lot of money by becoming a cricket expert on several sports channels. Furthermore, the earnings of Clarke are $3.9 million this year, making him one of the highest paid cricketers in Australia right now. Besides, he is also known for one of the hottest cricket WAGs right now.

Clark began his impressive form when he hit a brilliant shot on his test debut. He finished the series with a 6/9 strike rate in the final cricket test at Mumbai to finish the series as the second-highest run-scorer in the series with 400 runs in four matches at 57.14. Australia won the series 2-1 for the first time in 35 years because of his performance.

The brilliant display of Clarke's batting in the first test series in overseas conditions made him a celebrity. In his second Test against New Zealand, Clarke scored a century. During the 2012-13 season, Clarke ran off an unbelievable run-scoring streak. In addition to his eight test tons; he also scored three triple hundreds. A staggering average of 106.33 was Clarke's 1595 runs during the year.


8. Gautam Gambhir – $4.79 Million/Year


International Team: India
Position: Left-Handed Batsman / Right-Arm Leg Break Bowler
Net Worth: INR. 147 Crores/- (Around $21 Million)
Endorsements: Reebok, Red Bull, Beverly Hills Polo Club, Hero Motocorp

A cricketer from India, Gautam Gambhir, was born in Delhi on 14 October 1981. He is an internationally recognized left-handed attacking batsman who plays for the Indian team in all formats. The former ICC Test number one batsman is known for his versatility, aggressiveness, as well as for his incredible performances in the finals of the ICC T20 World Cup and the ICC World Cup in 2011.

With his quick footing movements, Gautam Gambhir is known as the spin-specialist. Besides his batting abilities, he is also a good sweep fielder assigned to close-in. Even after his retirement from active cricket, he is still dubbed as one of the greatest opening batsmen India has ever produced.

Sponsors notably associated with Gambhir include Reebok, Red Bull, Beverly Hills Polo Club, and Hero Motocorp. During his playing years, he also endorsed a number of big brands. Gaming platform CricPlay appointed Gambhir as its brand ambassador. Because of his popularity, Gautam earned $4.79 million this year, even after his retirement.

The Gavaskar Border Trophy and the series against England cemented Gautam Gambhir's place in the Test team. Gautam Gambhir scored the most runs despite missing the last test against Australia due to the elbow controversy with Shane Watson. After returning from injury, he made a stunning comeback against England. He amassed 1134 runs in only 8 Test matches for the calendar year.


7. Shane Watson – $5.5 Million/Year


International Team: Australia
Position: Right-Handed Batsman / Right-Arm Fast-Medium Pace Bowler
Net Worth: INR. 206 Crores/- (Around $28 Million)
Endorsements: Gunn & Moore, Asics, TAG Heuer

He is a Queenslander and a right-handed bat, as well as a right-handed fast-medium swing bowler. In all three formats of the game, he is the first Australian to score a century. Cricket is his primary source of income and net worth of one of the most handsome cricketers, Shane Watson. Moreover, Watson is an extremely trusted name globally, as well as a very high-quality brand.

In addition to his income from various International and National Cricket Matches, he also earns money from one of the most popular cricket tournaments, the Indian Premier League (IPL). In addition to promoting many brands, Watson receives a substantial paycheck for doing so. Watson's estimated in 2021 is $5.5 million. Which he earned from different leagues and endorsements and listed himself among the top highest paid cricketers.

At the Centurion stadium, he made his ODI debut against South Africa in 2002. He stroked an unbeaten 185 runs inning with 15 sixes and 15 fours nine days after the 2011 50-over World Cup ended, which was the best knock of his career.

With 67 against Sri Lanka and 64 against Pakistan, he helped Australia reach the finals of the 2015 World Cup. Australia won the tournament. After playing against England on 15 September 2015, he decided to end his career as an ODI player.


6. Shahid Afridi – $5.8 Million/Year


International Team: Pakistan
Position: Right-Handed Batsman / Right-Arm Leg Spin Bowler
Net Worth: $30 Million
Endorsements: Habib Bank, Jazz, Pepsi, Head & Shoulders

The most famous former cricketer in Pakistan under the batting name Shahid Afridi was known for his explosive style of batting. Besides, he is also known for hitting some of the biggest sixes in cricket history. Afridi served as captain of Pakistan's national team. In 1980, he was born in the Pakistani tribal region of Khyber, under federal administration.

He is one of the most talented all-rounders in cricket of his generation because of his overall batting style. As well as being consistent and economical, he relied more on change of pace than spin. Afridi was a world record holder in the fastest century for a batsman in only 37 balls.

There are several endorsements in Shahid Afridi's portfolio, like Habib Bank, Jazz, Pepsi & Co, and Head & Shoulders. Furthermore, he has a family business that generates income. Afridi's earnings in 2021 are approximately $5.8 million, making him one of the highest paid cricketers in 2021, even after retirement.

The first T20 World Cup in 2007 saw Afridi receive the Man of the Series Award for the first time. Balls were more successful than bats for him. He mentioned Pakistan's victory over Sri Lanka at the 2009 T20 World Cup because of Afridi's half-century.


5. Virender Sehwag – $6.1 Million/Year


International Team: India
Position: Right-Handed Batsman / Right Arm Off Break Bowler
Net Worth: INR. 351 Crores/- (Around $45 Million)
Endorsements: Adidas, Boost, Samsung Mobiles, Reebok, Hero Motocorp

Delhi native Virender Sehwag has very elegantly earned the title of one of the world's greatest batsmen of all time. One of the greatest cricketers of all time, Sachin Tendulkar's uncanny resemblance to Sehwag's playing style and build led to his unique ability to hit the ball for long distances with a minimum number of deliveries and clever footwork.

Commentators often mention his sharp uppercut and square cutting skills, as he is both a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. His notable performances for the Indian national team include playing for Asia XI, Delhi, Delhi Daredevils, ICC World XI, India Blue, King XI Punjab, Leicestershire, Marylebone Cricket Club, and Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI.

Sehwag earned $6.1 million this year because of endorsements and as a sports analyst on different channels. His endorsement portfolio includes Adidas, Boost, Samsung Mobiles, Reebok, Hero Motocorp, and more. In a yearly deal, he charges approximately $350,000.

He expanded Karbonn Mobile's sales considerably after joining them in 2010. Sehwag said he earned about $3 million a year from his tweeting on Twitter in an interview. On a different note, he is also among the very few cricketers to score highest run in a single IPL season during his career.


4. AB de Villiers – $6.4 Million/Year


International Team: South Africa
Position: Right-Handed Batsman / Wicketkeeper
Net Worth: $25 Million
Endorsements: Audi, Montblanc, Puma, MRF, Super sport, Aca Joe

South Africa's Abraham Benjamin de Villiers is one of the best batsmen in the world. The former captain now plays in the Indian Premier League for Royal Challengers Bangalore. It has been reported that AB de Villiers earns a net income of $6.4 million this year. Over the last few years, he has seen his income grow by more than 140%.

Talking about his cricketing career, he is still the holder of one of the fastest ODI centuries and also the fastest half-centuries. A significant part of de Villiers' earnings comes from playing limited-overs cricket, which he does worldwide, as well as endorsements. His salary in the IPL is INR. 13 crores (about USD 2.1 million) which makes him one of the highest paid cricketers in IPL.

As a global cricket icon, AB has appeared as a face of many prominent brands, such as Audi, Montblanc, Puma, and MRF. Aside from Super sport, he is also connected with casual apparel company 'Aca Joe' in South Africa. Furthermore, he did the Windies once again damage when he recorded a 150 in 64 balls, the world record.

Additionally, he has the fastest ODI run total of 9,000. In tests and ODI matches, he has a batting average of around 49.92 and 46.97. He scored 47 centuries for South Africa in international matches and played 418 times for the country. As a wicketkeeper for the Protease, he has taken over 250 catches and stumped 17 balls. "Legend" is a proper title for AB.


3. Chris Gayle – $7.5 Million/Year


International Team: West Indies
Position: Left-Handed Batsman / Right-Arm Off Break Bowler
Net Worth: $32 Million
Endorsements:, Spartan Sports, sandals Resorts, Jio, Royal Stag

Known for playing in international cricket and numerous leagues worldwide, Chris Henry Gayle is a West Indian cricket player. One of the greatest cricketers West Indies has ever produced is Chris Gayle. Because of his globally recognized personality, Gayle earned a massive amount by playing leagues and endorsements.

Without any doubt, Gayle is one of the most popular cricketers in the world right now. Besides, he is also among the most tattooed cricketers as well. A significant part of Chris Gayle's contracts as a cricketer involves a big salary. Due to his presence in the Indian Premier League, he receives $280,000 per year.

Additionally, Chris Gayle has contracts worth about $100000 with his franchises in the Pakistan Super League (Multan Sultans). Gayle earned around $7.5 million this year after participating in different leagues and endorsed by different brands. and Spartan Sports are just a few of the brands Chris Gayle endorses. His cross-endorsement agreements with the West Indies Cricket Board have also included endorsements for sandals Resorts. Furthermore, he endorses Jio and Royal Stag in conjunction with Kings XI Punjab, his IPL franchise.


2. MS Dhoni – $21.7 Million/Year


International Team: India
Position: Right-Handed Batsman / Wicketkeeper
Net Worth: INR. 760 Crores/- (Around $110 Million)
Endorsements: Pepsi, Reebok, Exide, TVS, GE Money, Dabur, Exide, Lava, Dream11, SRMB TMT Bar

One of the best finishers in cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni still ranks under 25 on Forbes' list of the world's highest paid athletes. Due to his retirement, however, his income has declined significantly. Pepsi, Reebok, Exide, TVS, GE Money, Dabur, Exide, Lava, and Dream11 are just a few of the brands that generate the majority of their revenue.

Dhoni earned $21.7 million this year from IPL and endorsement and still holds the spot of no. 2 in the list of highest paid cricketers right now. And talking about his talent, he is one of the greatest wicketkeepers of all time.

It was his award as Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year in 2011 as well. Dhoni was named ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009. A notable record held by him is that he is the Indian captain with the most ODI and T20I victories and the most back-to-back ODI victories ever.

Moreover, among Indian captains, MS Dhoni is the only one who has led his team to all three major ICC events. In 2007, he won his first T20 World Cup as captain, and in 2011, he led India to a World Cup victory on home soil. He won the Champions Trophy in 2013.


1. Virat Kohli – $24 Million/Year


Country: India
Position: Right-Handed Top-Order Batsman / Right-Arm Medium Pace Bowler
Net Worth: INR. 700 Crores/- (Around $100 Million)
Endorsements: Pepsi, Puma, Audi, Tissot, Uber, Oakley, Herbalife, Colgate, New Era

With only a short time to his peak, Kohli has attained a great deal of success. World champion 2011 earns match fees of $1 million annually for domestic and international matches, making him at the top of the highest paid cricketers in India. Additionally, he earns $2.5 million playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.

On the ESPN website, he's also currently the highest paid IPL player. Indian captain Virat Kohli is the only cricketer to make Forbes' list of highest paid athletes this year. With total earnings of $24 million, Kohli is the highest paid cricketer of 2021.

The only cricketer currently active with over 25 million Twitter followers is often seen as one of the greatest players of all time. Some of his biggest sponsors include Pepsi, Puma, Audi, Tissot, Uber, Oakley, Herbalife, Colgate, and New Era.  And if you want to see him with his lavish cars, do check out our collection of Virat Kohli’s HD wallpapers this year.

Besides that, ICC ODI players of the year three times and ICC Test players of the year three times, Kohli have been honored with these titles. On a different note, Kohli is also among the short tempered cricketers of all time due to his aggressiveness on ground.


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FAQs Regarding Highest-Paid Cricketers In 2021

Q. What is the salary of Virat Kohli per match?

Virat receives a massive salary of 1 million dollars per year and about seven crore rupees in Indian currency. As a Grade a player, Virat gets paid millions per match in 2021.

Q. Who is the richest cricketer in the world?

Sachin Tendulkar, affectionately known as the 'God of Cricket,' is the world's wealthiest cricketer in 2021. Several top brands have been associated with his career, including the Tyre brand MRF. He has an estimated net worth of approximately INR 870 crores.

Q. Who is the poorest cricketer in the world?

Unfortunately, Arshad Khan is known as the poorest cricketer in the world. Pakistani off-spin bowler, Arshad, made his debut against the Windies in 1997-98. From 2002 to 2006, he represented his country in nine Tests and 58 One Day Internationals.

Q. Who is the highest-paid cricketer of all time?

Virat Kohli is a player who earned a lot from cricket and is known as the highest paid cricketer of all time.

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      Sourav Das January 20, 2020 18:19

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      Look for the source of that data.

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