Sports and cricket especially, has emerged as a major industry and a rich one indeed. Cricket players receive huge sums of money for their part in game at both national and international levels and also through brand endorsements. These players fall in the highest paid athletes of current times. The top 10 highest paid cricketers in the world of 2015 are as follows:
10. Yusuf Pathan
Pathan plays for the Indian team and the Indian premier league which has enabled him to earn $3.9 million in the last season.Pathan earned $300 through endorsements.
9. Ricky Ponting
Ponting is an Australian legendary cricketer who also earned a total of $4 million in the previous season.He earned $2 million through endorsements.
8. Brett Lee
Brett Lee is yet another Australian player who plays both for the national team and the Indian Premier League. He as earned a total of $2 million as winnings from cricket in the past season and $3 million through various endorsements.
7. Michael Clarke
Clarke also plays for the Australian team and Indian Premier League which has enabled him to earn a total of $5 million in the previous season.
6. Shane Watson
Shane Watson is an Australian player who apart from playing in the national team also plays in the Indian Premier League. He earned a total $6 million in the previous season.
5. Virender Sehwag
Sehwag is yet another Indian player who has earned a cumulative total of $7 million in the previous season. Majorly he earns from the various endorsements of the reputed brands some of them Fila, Hero Honda etc.
4. Gautam Gambhir
Gautam again plays for both the Indian national team and Indian premier league and has made a total of $ 8 million in the previous season.$4 million salary and rest wast other.
3. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli also plays for both the Indian national team and Indian Premier League.He is also caption of Indian test team now. In the last season he earned a total income of $9 million of which $3 million was earned through salary and the rest was from his several brand endorsements.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Tendulkar is a name that is known by all those who follow cricket with passion. He has earned a total $2.1 million as the match salary and winnings exclusively from cricket while a total of $16.5 million was earned through endorsements in the world’s most reputed brands like Adidas and Coca Cola.Sachin Tendulkar net worth is $115 Million.
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Dhoni plays for the Indian national team and also Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. He is a great batsman and wicket keeper who has earned a total income of $30 million in the previous season. $3.5 million was earned as salary and the rest was through endorsements.His total worth is $150 Million.
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