Cricket is one of the games that can get the billions fans and followers. It was introduced in the 16th century in England. The cricketers are always energizing the people through their performances that they show. This is about the richest cricketers who are richest cricketer in world among the cricketers due to their popularity and performance that are admirable. While cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world (played competitively in more than 100 countries), before the IPL launched last year, no domestic league was truly run as a business. This accolade just seems to keep on coming for Indian superstar Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This list is based on update after the World Cup 2011 was held. Let’s check out 10 most richest cricketers of 2012.
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
He did not stop surprising his fans, especially when he got married in July of 2010. In fact, based on history and news, he had signed the richest deal ever recorded in history for Rhiti Sports, amounting to a 2 year-contract of $43 million and become the richest cricketer in world. His income totaled to $8 million as year 2012 begins and that is how he is the richest cricketer of 2012.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Tendulkar is considered to be one of the greatest cricketers of world and also the richest cricketer of 2012 has ever seen. Tendulkar $8 million income comes from the contract that he signed for his team and sponsorships. Adidas, Royal Bank of Scotland and Canon are his biggest sponsors.
3. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj was born in famous family of Sikh and he is playing for India. Yuvraj is the richest cricketer in world and son Yograj Singh, who was a known movie star and a fast bowler of Punjab. Yuvraj has total income of $5.5 million and also the richest cricketer of 2012 wherein it comes from various commercials and sponsorships from Microsoft, Fiat, and Reebok.
4. Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid takes the 4th position richest cricketer of 2012 and his big sponsors are Reebok and Castrol. He has total income of $5 million that comes from Reebok and Castrol and richest cricketer in world.
5. Andrew Flintoff
Before he becomes a broadcaster, he played as a cricketer at England, Indian Premiere League, and Lancashire Country Cricket Club. He is known as Fred or Freddie because of surname of Fred Flintstone and richest cricketer of 2012. His total income is $4 million wherein some comes from Barclays, Puma, and Volkswagen as his supporters.
6. Ricky Ponting
An Australian player also served as a captain for Test Cricket and Australian Cricket Team in 2004 and 2011 respectively and also a richest cricketer of 2012. The current recorded income is $3.5 million wherein some of these earnings come from Adidas, KFC, and Valvoline as his sponsors.
7. Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly, ex- captain of Indian Team and a former test player takes the 6th position in richest cricketers of 2012. He ranks at the 7th position for scoring most runs for the Indian cricket team. He also a richest cricketer in world had total income of $3.5 million wherein a portion of them comes from his major sponsors like Pepsi and Puma.
8. Brett Lee
Lee is known for his fastest moves that made him one of the fastest bowlers in the world, based on the history of Cricket and also richest cricketer of 2012. His income can be compared with Kevin Peitersen, who had total income of $3 million. Some of his wealth comes from Volkswagen and Gatorade as his sponsors.
9. Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen is an English player, who also plays for Bangalore, an IPL team. He makes his way to the 9th position in richest cricketers of 2012 after enormous earnings through endorsements and incredible performances playing cricket. His earnings of $3 million come from the contract that he has signed for his team and other sponsorships too such as Adidas, Red Bull, and Vodafone.
10. Michael Clarke
In our list Michael Clarke is at 10th richest cricketers of 2012 with total income of $2.5 million. He is an Australian cricketer and captain of the Australian Team, also famous as “Pup” while on the field. Some comes from his sponsorship such as Gillette and Slazenger and richest cricketer in world.