Top 10 Highest Paid Cricketers in the World (Updated 2023)

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Cricket is all about excitement, adventure and thrill. Cricketers are known for their elegant style, fashion sense and impressive lifestyle among their fans. They give their best to clinch victories for their teams. Some of these cricketers have become the face of the game now a days. Their performance and hard work have made them super rich. Apart from it, some of these cricketers take part in T20 League and earn a lot of money. Today, we will be looking at the Top 10 Highest Paid Cricketers in the World right now.

Top 10 Highest Paid Cricketers in the World 2023

Rank Cricketers Base Salary Endorsement Earnings Overall Earnings Sponsorship Deals
1 Virat Kohli $4 million $24 million $28 million Audi, Puma, Flipkart, Google
2 MS Dhoni $3.5 million $ 17.2 Million $21.7 million PepsiCo, RedBus, Colgate
3 Rohit Sharma $3 million $7 million $10 million Adidas, Cadbury, La Liga
4 Ben Stokes $3 million $5 million $8 million New Balance, Red Bull, Rajasthan Royals
5 Chris Gayle $3 million $5 million $8 million New Balance, Red Bull, Rajasthan Royals
6 Hardik Pandya $3 million $5 million $8 million Star Sports, Gulf Oil, Gillete
7 Steve Smith $2.5 million $5 million $7.5 million Koala
8 Jasprit Bumrah $1.75 million $2.5 million $4.25 million Cultsport, Dream11, Estrolo
9 AB de Villiers $2.5 million $500,000 $3 million Montblanc, Puma, Audi, MRF
10 Pat Cummins $2.8 million $200,000 $3 million Off field investements

1. Virat Kohli – $28 Millions/ year

Present day Indian Captain Virat Kohli is one of the highest paid cricketers right now and he takes the top spot on our list. He has achieved success in a short period. Kohli takes a match fee of $1 Million per year for International and domestic matches. Apart from it, he also earns $2.4 Million for Playing Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.

Moreover, he is also the highest paid cricketer in IPL on ESPN’s website. Kohli is the only cricketer to make on Forbes List of Highest Paid Athletes 2021. His total earnings reach to $28 Million per year which makes him the Highest Paid Cricketer in the World.

With 25 Million fans on twitter, Virat Kohli is regarded as the greatest batsman of all times in Cricket. He is sponsored by Pepsi, Puma, Audi, Tissot, Uber, Oakley, Herbalife, Colgate, and New Era. Apart from it, he is also sponsored by some luxury car manufacturers brands as well.

He is aggressive on the field and some times short tempered in the critical moments of the match. However, that did not stop him from receiving ICC ODI Player of the year award for three times and ICC Test Player of the year award for three times. Undoubtedly, Virat Kohli deserves this honor and title.

2. MS Dhoni $ 21.7 Million/ Year

Former Indian Cricketer and Captain MS Dhoni takes the 2nd spot on our list. He is regarded as the best finisher in the game of cricket. MD Dhoni ranks under 25 on the Forbes’s list of Highest Paid Athletes in the world.

However, after his retirement from international cricket, his annual income has declined significantly. His main source of income are International brands such as Pepsi, Reebok, Exide, TVS, GE Money, Dabur, Exide, Lava, and Dream11.

Captain Cool made $21.7 from IPL 14 and endorsements and he grabs the 2nd spot on our list of highest paid cricketers 2021. He deserves this status, as he is a talented cricketer and joins the list of greatest wicketkeepers of all times.

MS Dhoni received Castrol Cricketer of the year award in 2021. He was named ICC Cricketer of the year in 2008 and 2009. He also hold the unique record of Most ODI and T20 Victories as an Indian Captain. Apart from it, his illustrious career is decorated with many other records as well.

He is the only Indian captain to lead Team India in three major ICC Events. He led India to victory in ICC T20 World Cup 2007 and ICC cricket World Cup 2011 as a captain. Moreover, he also claimed ICC Champions Trophy for India in 2013.

3. Rohit Sharma – $10 Million/ Year

Current Indian Opener Rohit Sharma holds the 3rd spot on our list of highest paid cricketers this year. He has earned his name as one of the most dangerous openers in the world. As per reports, Rohit Sharma salary reached $10 Million in this year with his growing fan following and endorsements.

Nicknamed The Hitman, Rohit Sharma is regarded as one of the greatest batsman of this age. He has scored double,  hundred on multiple times for India. He is receiving a basic salary package of $3 Million from Indian Cricket Board. Apart from it, he has also singed contracts with many popular brans such as Adidas, Cadbury, La Liga.

Rohit Sharma singed a contract with Mumbai Indians for IPL 2021 which is worth 15 Crore INR ($2.1 Million). Apart from it, he also made $7 Million from endorsements. As per estimates, The annual salary of Rohit Sharma reaches $10 Million this year. That makes him one of the highest paid cricketers in the world right now.

Hitman is the first batsman to score five consecutive hundreds in World Cups. Moreover, he also holds the record of highest individual score of 264 for 173 balls in an ODI match. He was declared ICC Player of the year award in 2019.

Above all, He earns a spot on our list of cricketers with highest paid salaries in the world right now.

4. Ben Stokes $ 8 Million

At number 4 we have current English captain Ben Stokes. He is considered as one of the best all-rounders in cricket today. As per reports, Ben Stokes salary reached a whooping amount of $8 million this year.

Nicknamed Benny and Strokesy, Ben Stokes helped England win ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tied final with his glorious sixes. Moreover, he also holds the record for England’s fastest double hundred in test cricket. Ben Stokes has signed a contract with England Cricket Board with a basic salary of $3 million.

Moreover, in IPL 2021 Rajasthan Royals purchased Ben Stokes for a handsome amount of 12.5 Crore INR ($1.8 million). Apart form it, he is also endorsed by many popular brands such as New Balance, Red Bull, Rajasthan Royals. He received contracts worth $5 million for these endorsements. As a result, his annual income has reached $8 million per year.

Above all, Ben Stokes earns his spot on our list of richest cricketers in 2021.

5. Hardik Pandya – $ 8 Million

Next, we have Indian all rounder Hardik Pandya on our list of highest paid cricketers in 2023. He is one of the best Indian all-rounders in the world right now. As per reports, his annual income reached a handsome amount of $8 Million this year.

Hardik Pandya joins the list of A Category List by Indian Cricket Board. He receives a basic salary package of $ 3 million by Board of Control Cricket in India. However, this is not his only source of income in fact. He has been signed by Mumbai Indians for a contract of 11 Crore INR ($1.5 million) for IPL 2021.

Apart form it, Hardik Pandya is also endorsed by many popular brands such as Star Sports, Gulf Oil, Gillete. As per reports, Pandya received $ 5 Million for endorsements this year. As a result, his annual salary crossed $8 Million per year.

Above all, he earns his place on our list of highest paid cricketers in the world.

6. Steve Smith $7.5 Million

Former Australian Captain Steve Smith takes the 6th spot on our list of highest paid cricketers in 2021. He is one of the finest Australian batsman right now who likes to challenge opponent bowlers. As per reports, his annual income reached a handsome amount of $7.5 Million this year. Which makes him as one of the richest cricketer in the world right now.

Steve Smith plays International cricket for Australian Cricket Board. He has signed a basic salary package of $2.5 Millions for year 2021 with Australian Cricket Board.

However, he has other sources of income as well. For instance, he has made sponsorship contracts with Koala. He received $5 million for these sponsor ship endorsements. As a result, his annual income reached $7.5 Million this year.

Steve Smith is the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 runs in International cricket. He is the fastest batsman after Sir Donald Bradman to score 25 hundreds in test format. He was awarded with ICC Player of the year award in 2015 and 2017.

Above all, he earns his spot on our list of highly paid cricketers in the world right now.

7. Chris Gayle $7.5 Million/Year

Former West Indian International cricketer Chris Gayle grabs the 7th spot on our list of highest paid cricketers in 2023. He is one of the greatest cricketers that West Indies have ever produced. Due to his cool Looks, he earns a lot of money by playing T20 League all over the world.

Chris Henry Gayle joins the list of popular Cricketer in the world right now. Apart from it, he is one of the most tattooed cricketers in the world. His biggest source of his income is his salary as a cricketer. Moreover, he also receives $ 280,000 by playing Indian Premier League every year.

In addition, Chris Gayle earns $ 100,000 following his contracts with many T20 Franchise League such as Pakistan Super League (Multan Sultans). As per estimates, he made around $7.5 Million this year after participating in different T20 leagues and endorsements.

The list of Brands endorsed by Chris Gayle are attitude.com and Spartan Sports. Apart from it, he has also made endorsement contracts with West Indies Cricket Board for Sandal Resorts. Also, he has signed contracts with Jio and Royal Stag for his IPL Franchise Kings Punjab XI.

8. Jasprit Bhumrah $4.25 Million

Present day Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bhumrah grabs the 8th spot on our list of richest cricketers in the world. He is considered as one of the greatest fast bowlers in Indian Cricket. As per estimates, Jasprit Bhumrah salary 2021 reached $4.25 this year.

He is signed by BCCI for International and domestic matches. Therefore, he has signed a basic salary package of $1.75 with Indian Cricket Board. However, he enjoys other sources of income as well. For example, he was signed by Mumbai Indians for $ 0.98 Million (7 Crore INR) in IPL 2021.

Apart from it, Jasprit Bhumrah received $2.5 Million for endorsing Cultsport, Dream11, Estrolo. As a result, his annual income marked a handsome amount of $4.25 million this year. That, makes him as one of the highest paid cricketers in the world.

Jasprit Bhumrah was included in ICC ODI team of the year in 2017 and 2018. Apart from it, he has also took 108 wickets in his international career. Above all, he deserves a spot on our list of highly paid cricketers in the world 2023.

9. Ab De Villiers $3 Million

Former South African Cricketer AB De Villiers is regarded as the Greatest Cricketers of all times. He is now enjoying his time in the Indian Premier League. As per source, his income this year reached to a staggering amount of $3 Million per year.

ABD has been a talented cricketer throughout his career. He holds the records of fastest ODI fifties and fastest ODI Hundred in ODI cricket. The major source of his income are T20 League franchises and Brand endorsements which he plays worldwide. This year his salary reached to a handsome amount of 11 Crore INR (USD 1.5 million) which made him highest paid IPL cricketer.

As a global cricket icon, he is associated with many International brands such as Audi, Montblanc, Puma, and MRF. Apart from it, he has also made contracts with Aca Joe and Super Sport in South Africa. His recorded breaking innings of 150 on 64 balls against West Indies is still fresh in the minds of his die heart fans.

Moreover, he also holds the record of fastest 9,000 runs in ODI cricket. His batting averages in Test and ODI are  49.92 and 46.97. He owns 47 International hundreds while playing for South Africa. His Wicket Keeping records 250 catches and 17 stumpings during his career. He is called Superman for a reason.

10. Pat Cummins $ 3 Million

Present Day Australian Cricketer Pat Cummins makes the final spot on our list of richest cricketers in the world. He is one of the best Australian fast bowlers right now. As per sources, Pat Cummins Annual income crossed $ 3 Million this year.

He plays international and domestic matches for Australian Cricket Board. Therefore, he has signed a basic salary package of $2.5 Million this year. However, he has other income sources as well. For example, he is endorsed by Off field investments for $200,000.

However, he received $2.2 million from his contract with Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 2021. Therefore, he became one of the most expensive player in IPL history. As a result, his annual salary reached $ 3 million this year. This makes him as one of the highest paid cricketers in the world right now.

Conclusion

So here is our list. Who do you think should be on our list. Let us know in the comments.