Chris Gayle among world’s richest cricketers
WEST INDIES batsman Chris Gayle is named one of the world’s richest cricketers.
Several media reports includes the sassy Jamaican among the highest earners in the cricket world
Cricket is the second most popular game in the world, with over 120 million players and about 2 billion viewers.
This sport draws hundreds of millions of viewers during the ICC World Cup matches.
Due to the popularity of the sport, cricket players can earn substantial earnings. They earn good both on-field and off-field. On-field with their game skill and off-field with their acting, endorsing and many other additional skills.
The Financial Express Bangladesh lists Gayle the fifth richest cricketer in the world.
According to the publication, the following are the world’s top ten highest paid and richest cricketers:
1. MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI
One of the most successful captains in the game who helped India won its first Twenty20 World Cup and the ICC World Cup (ODI) in 2011. His cool behaviour made him the most adorable captain of the team. He is a brand now and has endorsed many products. His annual wealth is 31.5 million US dollar.
2. SACHIN TENDULKHAR
Sachin is known as “God of Cricket” in cricket world. He is retired from cricket but his income from endorsement makes him one of the richest cricketers. This Master Blaster has won the heart of billions of cricket lovers and that’s the reason biggest brand choose him for endorsement. His annual wealth is 18 million USD.
3. VIRAT KOHLI
Charming, aggressive and handsome cricketer whose game can make any team to bow head. He is India’s national Test team captain. His annual income is 12 million USD.
4. GAUTAM GAMBHIR
Gautam is one of finest cricketer of India though he is out of national team now a days yet his annual income is great to make him richest cricketer of the globe. He is getting 3.5 million USD from salary and 4.5 million USD from endorsements.
5. CHRIS GAYLE
Chris Gayle is of West Indies team player and one of the most entertaining cricketer of the world. He entertains well with his game in Indian Premier League and have become one of highest paid cricketer of IPL too. He earns 7 million USD from his salary and endorsements.
6. SHANE WATSON
Shane is Australian all rounder cricketer whose game is more than just impressive. He earns 3 million from Salary and 3 million from endorsements. He is a permanent member of Rajasthan Royal team of IPL.
7. ROHIT SHARMA
Rohit is one of destructive batsman of Indian cricket team. He got a honor of holding highest runs in ODI game. He is a captain of Mumbai Indians in IPL game. He gets salary of 3 millions USD and 2 million USD from endorsements.
8. YUVRAJ SINGH
Yuvraj Singh was the hero of 2011 World Cup series. He holds the record of 6 sixes in an over of 20-20 first World cup series match against England. He was paid record 140.5 million (14.5 crore), last year by RCB making him one of the richest cricket player of IPL.
9. KEVIN PIETERSEN
Kevin is an England cricket team player. One of stylish and good looking cricketer. He earns 4.5 million USD from salary and endorsements making him one of the richest player.
10. BRETT LEE
Brett Lee is an Australian cricketer who is now retired from cricket. He has earned a good name, fame and money which made us to keep him on this list. He annually earned around 4 million USD.
He was a cricketer turned commentator. He is considered to be one of the fastest bowlers in the sport and averaged less than 20. Due to his speed he received stress fractures. Surprisingly, his injuries did not stop him and led to him adapting his methods of play. His speed is clocked at close to 100 mph.