1. SACHIN TENDULKAR ~ US $118 MILLION
Sachin is the name with which India has known cricket decades. There is no player in the cricketing world whose name as is as tall as Sachin’s. He is regarded as the greatest batsman of all time and he has scored the highest number of runs in International cricket as well.
He is the proud recipient of Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushana and Bharat Ratna. At the end of his career in 2013, he had played 664 international cricket matches scoring a total of 34,357 runs.
2. MS DHONI – US $103 MILLION
The former skipper of the Indian cricket team and arguably the most successful captain of the Indian team. He has taken the Indian cricket to new heights. It was under his captaincy that India won the first T20 world cup. He took the team to the No. 1 position in tests. The 2011 world Cup happened to be the golden cup for India as Indian legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar played his last world in 2011 and it was under Dhoni captaincy and because of Dhoni’s final six that India lifted the trophy
3.RICKY PONTING ~ US $65 MILLION
The former Australian skipper is regarded as one of the all-time best captains world cricket has witnessed. Nicknamed as the ‘Punter’, he was the part of the Australian Cricket team which won 3 successive World Cups in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
Though he won the 1999 World Cup under the captaincy of Steve Waugh, he captained the winning teams in both the 2003 and 2007 ICC World Cups. He holds the record for being the only cricketer in the world who was apart of 100 Test match victories.
4. VIRAT KOHLI ~ US $60 MILLION
Virat Kohli has been at the core of the Indian cricket for some time now. Also, Virat is the captain in all the three formats of the game. Kohli was awarded the ICC player of the year in the ODI for his performance last year. Off the field, he has been making serious inroads into the lucrative commercial space. He became the first Indian sportsperson to sign an endorsement deal with the German sportswear brand, Puma for an alleged 100 crores.
Kohli is also the brand ambassador of the Premium Automobile manufacturers Audi motors. Kohli is now married to Anushka Sharma and the star couple happens to be among the most powerful in the country. The couple has already featured in one of the Pantene advertisements. Interestingly, Virat Kohli happens to have a better brand value than that of the football star Lionel Messi and Ronaldo according to Forbes.
5. SHANE WARNE ~US $50 MILLION
The game of cricket is one of the most widely watched and played only second to world’s most loved game, Football. Players have made name and fame for themselves through their talents and their popularity but while name and fame are widely talked about, the enormous sums of money these star players still remains a secret to many.
Shane Warne is a cricketing legend in himself. The Australian bowler is one of the all-time greats amongst spin bowlers. Shane Warne played his first test match in 1992 and went on to pick up 708 wickets in test matches. A record only second to another bowling great Muttiah Muralidharan from Sri Lanka.
Shane Warne also happens to hold an unfortunate to have hit 3000 runs without hitting a single century. However, Shane Warne was the captain of the Rajasthan Royals in the opening season of IPL and he steered his team to victory.