Cricketers nowadays tend to earn exorbitant sums of money. Cricketers nowadays tend to earn exorbitant sums of money. Their sources of revenue are not just restricted to match fees. They earn a handsome amount from sponsorship and endorsements. Most of the former cricketers take up consultant, coaching roles, and commentating duties. These jobs also pay well. Cricket is one sport that takes care of popular cricketers not just during their playing days but well beyond that. Lets look at 5 Highest-Paid Cricketers In 2021
We look at the top 5 highest-paid cricketers in 2021:
#5 Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya is one of India’s biggest assets currently. The hard-hitting allrounder is almost irreplaceable for the quality that he brings to the side. Pandya’s absence affects not just the national team but also his franchise. His personality is a big factor off the field too. Hardik Pandya earns a whopping INR 11 crore annual IPL contract. His 2021 earnings come up to INR 59.59 crores.
#4 Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes is one of the best all-rounders in world cricket. Stokes set the world stage on fire in 2019 in two consecutive months. He not only played a match-winning knock in the World Cup finals in 2019. Stokes later went on to play an innings of a lifetime in the Ashes scoring 135*. His stocks have always been on the rise with every passing year. He is one of the few players to have bagged the highest-paid player tag in the auctions in two consecutive years (2017 and 2018). His annual earnings are a cool INR 60 crores.
#3 Rohit Sharma
Hitman Rohit Sharma is the six-hitting king. Sharma has evolved into an all-format player for India. His talent was never in question but Sharma has married it with consistency after he became an opener across formats. Sharma is the only IPL captain to have led his side to 5 IPL titles. He is one of the most respected leaders of the game. Sharma is the only batsman in ODI history to score 3 double hundreds. He holds the record for scoring most T20I centuries (4). Apart from his INR 15 crore annual IPL contract, Sharma is top bracket India player. His annual earnings amount to INR 74.49 crores.
#2 MS Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most iconic cricketing figures in the world. He remains the only captain to win the treble of the T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup, and the Champions Trophy. Dhoni was the most expensive player in the auctions in the inaugural edition of the IPL. He remains one of the most expensive players in the world’s richest premier league. Dhoni earns an annual IPL contract of INR 15 crores. He is one of the most sought-after cricketers in the endorsement field. These factors help Dhoni earn a cool annual sum of INR 108.28 crores.
#1 Virat Kohli
There is no surprise in the name who tops this list. Virat Kohli is the biggest ambassador of the game currently. He remains the biggest name in cricket. Kohli’s views on the game are heard with rapt attention across the world. He is the highest-paid player in the IPL earning an annual contract of INR 17 crores. Kohli undoubtedly is India’s A+ bracketed contract player earning an annual contract of INR 7 crores. He is one of the biggest brands and charges a bomb when it comes to endorsements. Kohlis’ annual earnings is a massive INR 208.56 crores.