Cricket is one of the most popular games in the world. It is especially famous for a lot of class that the game involves, and is called the gentleman’s game by most people. A lot of people are interested in cricket and also in playing it but not all the people in their entire lifestyle, depend upon the sport. But in most of the Asian countries like India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka the game is nothing less than a religion and people ardently follow the game. Most of the Asian countries that are considered cricket playing Nations usually are the ones that were under the control of the British Empire in the past.
They are a part of the British Commonwealth and have contributed to the proliferation of the game of Cricket. But in other places like England and the Australian continent, most of the cricket playing Nations are also quite popular for excelling in a lot of different Sports. In the Asian countries it is undoubtedly true that the cricket players are some of the highest earning athletes in their respective Nations. Even in England and Australian continent and all the other places where cricket is played, the cricketers are some of the richest athletes. It is said that cricket is one of the highest paying games in the world.
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So, here is a list of the top 10 richest cricketers of the world.
10. Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke is undoubtedly the richest cricketer of Australia but when considered throughout the world is one of the richest cricketers. After a successful term of captaining the Australian Cricket team in all major International forms of the game, he has stepped down from captaincy for some formats. One of the most ideal batsmen that Australia has ever had, he also occasionally bowls, that too exceptionally well. He is also known for being one of the youngest captains of the Australian Cricket team.
9. A B de Villiers
this extraordinary South African cricketer needs no introduction as he is quite popular amongst all the fans of cricket for his extraordinary and highly skilled shots. he is quite popular as one of the most skilled and extraordinary players of the South African cricket team and is best known even in the Indian subcontinent and has a lot of fan following as this extraordinary cricketer plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. He is quite popular for playing some of the weirdest successful shots in cricket.
8. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh will be remembered throughout the pages of cricketing history for any time to come especially because of his extraordinary achievement of scoring the first haul of six sixes in an over which he managed to smash in the first T20 International World Cup. Yuvraj Singh is quite popular in India and is also known to be one of the highest paid cricketers in the world. He is also known for his extraordinary recovery from cancer in the recent past.
7. Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir as one of the most significant openers of the Indian cricket team especially known for his ability to technically play the game with a varied variety of shots. This left handed batsman is quite popular throughout the world for being one of the most talented openers and has a lot of records to his name since he first began playing cricket. He has a yearly income of about 5 million dollars and is undoubtedly one of the richest cricketers of the world.
6. Shahid Afridi
One of the most successful all rounders in the world, Shahid Afridi has been playing cricket for Pakistan since a very young age of 14. A lot of people doubted that this young boy of age 14 would make any difference in the cricket team, but they were all wrong as within very little time, Shahid Afridi became one of the most important cricket players of the world known for his extraordinary batting skills as well as his spin bowling which miraculously fetched him a lot of wickets sometimes. He is said to have an annual income of about 5.3 million dollars.
5. Shane Watson
Michael Clarke might be the richest cricketer of Australia in an overall sense, but nobody has earned more than Shane Watson in the past few years as he has replaced a lot of successful Australians as one of the most important all rounders to ever feature in the team of Australia. Also known for his extraordinary performance in the Indian Premier League, Shane Watson is one of the most desirable cricketers in the world as his batting and exceptional bowling have fetched him a lot of number one positions in the all rounders list. He is said to have a total annual income of about 5.5 million dollars.
4. Virender Sehwag
Presently in news for his funny takes on twitter, he is one of the most sportive and exclusive of all the cricket playing openers of India, Virender Sehwag is one name that cannot be forgotten soon. He has played a very major role in bringing the Indian cricket team to a very important position in a lot of crucial matches. Even though he currently doesn’t play for the Indian squad, he is still considered as one of the best openers the Indian cricket team has ever had. He is said to have yearly income of about 5.8 million dollars making him not only one of the richest cricketers in India but also one of the richest cricketers in the world 2017.
3. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is considered to be one of the most explosive cricketers in the world especially because once he starts sending the ball out of the park, seldom do we get a chance to expect the ball to land inside the park. Chris Gayle is one of the strongest cricketers in the world and the West Indian team owes a great debt to him. He is one of the most sought-after cricketers in the T20 format especially because of his ability to score a lot of runs in very little balls. He is one of the most significant star cricketers in both the Indian Premier League and Big Bash League. He has hit the most number of sixes in T20 cricket and has the record of highest individual score in T20 cricket.
2. Virat Kohli
If it is true that every cricket team requires a consistent cricket player then it is also true that every possible cricket team requires a Virat Kohli. One of the greatest advantages of having Virat Kohli in a cricket team is the fact that even though almost every other player of the team fails seldom does Virat Kohli fails to put up an extraordinary performance. This charming lad from Delhi within very little time grew up to become one of the richest cricketers in the world. He is definitely the future face of international cricket. He is scoring brilliantly and his captaincy skills are also very promising. His extraordinary batting skills with an extraordinary connection with his consistency make him one of the most important players of the Indian cricket team. He is said to have an annual income of 24.9 million dollars.
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one such cricketer who requires no introduction especially because he is known throughout the world for his extraordinary performances in a lot of major tournaments. Known throughout the world as captain cool because of his extraordinary and serene facial expressions even when the team is under tremendous pressure, he is undoubtedly one of the best captains the Indian cricket team has ever had and out of all the cricket captains at present day he has ranked at the top on several occasions. He is currently the richest cricketer in the world with a total annual income of about 29 million dollars. He has been a great icon of the gentlemen’s game. He is considered to be India’s Most successful captain and the only captain in the world to have held the major ICC titles.
So, here was a list of the richest cricketers in the world as of 2017. Cricket, as a game has been progressing well with new talents being discovered every now and then. These cricketers have contributed quite a lot to their countries and have earned significant wealth and popularity.