Before starting the countdown let us know about what the cricket is ? cricket is the 2nd most played and watched game throughout the world after football. Cricket is founded by England. It is the most played game in Asia specially in sub continent and their neighbor states. So lets start our countdown of Top 10 Richest Cricketers In The World 2016 .
10. Michael John Clarke
Michael john Clarke was born on April 2, 1981. He is considered as one of the greatest ever batsmen captains. He made his first class debut in the age of 17 years old young boy for New South Wales in 1999. He was also remained Australian cricket academy scholarship holder in the same year of 1999. He made his test debut for Australia in October 2004 against India and his one day international debut in January 2003 against England. Australia also became 5th time world champions under the captaincy of Clarke. Michael Clarke is considered as tenth richest cricketer in the world of cricket with 850,000 US dollars of his salary, 2 million US dollar from endorsement and 2.9 million US dollar of yearly income.
9. Gautam Gambhir
Gautam gambhir was born on 14 October 1981.he is left handed Indian batsman. He made his one day international debut against Bangladesh in 2003 and also made his test debut against Australia on the following year. He is the only Indian batsman who scored more than 300 runs in 4 consecutive test matches and one of the four cricketers who scored 5 hundreds in 5 consecutive test matches. He remained player of the year in 2009 and also number 1 test batsman in ICC ranking. In 2008 he was awarded by Arjuna Award which is India’s 2nd highest sporting award. He is 9th richest cricketer in the world of cricket because of his 1.5 million US dollars salary on the base of IPL contract, I million US dollars from endorsement and 5 million US dollars of yearly income.
8. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj singh was born on 12 December 1981. He is an Indian left handed all rounder. He made his test debut in 2003. In 2011 ICC cricket world cup, he was man of the tournament. He also holds the quickest 50 scorer in T20 internationals against England in just 12 balls with six consecutive sixes in an over against broad, the English fast bowler. He was also awarded by Arjuna Award and Padma Shri award in 2014, which are the India’s 2nd highest sporting award and India’s 4th highest civilian honour respectively. Yuvraj is considered as 8th richest player in cricket world with 1.8 million US dollars on base of IPL contract, 2 million US dollars from endorsement and 3.8 million US dollars of yearly income.
7. Shane Robert Watson
Shane Watson was born on 17 June 1981. He is Australian right handed all rounder. He made his debut in 2002 against South Africa and he retired in 2016. At the time of his retirement he was number 1 T20 all rounder and he remains number 1 for record 128 weeks including record 120 consecutive weeks. He was awarded by Allan Border Medal in 2010 and 2011. He is 7th richest player of cricket history with 3.5 million US dollars of Australian central contract and other T20 leagues, 2 million US dollars from endorsement and 5.5 million US dollars yearly income.
6. Abraham Benjamin de Villiers
AB de Villiers was born on 17 February 1984. He is regarded as the best batsman in the cricket world. He ranked 1st in ODI and 7th in test batting ranking in 2016. He is also known as Mr. 360 because he has the ability to play the shots all over the ground perfectly. He holds the record of fastest ODI 50 in 16 balls, fastest ODI hundred in 31 balls and fastest 150 in 64 balls. He is the 6th richest player of cricket history with 3.5million US dollars salary by IPL and south African central contract, 2 million US dollars from endorsement and 5.5 million US dollars yearly income.
5. Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag was born on 20 October 1978. He is former Indian cricketer. In 2009 he became the only Indian cricketer who was honored by Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World because of his marvelous performance in 2008. He is the record holder of highest run scorer i.e. 319 against south Africa, in test cricket by any Indian player. He was also remained record top run scorer in ODI cricket—219 in just 149 balls which was later broken by an other Indian player Rohit Sharma who hit 264 in just 173 balls. Virender Sehwag is considered as 5th richest player in cricket history because of his 1.8 million US dollars by IPL contract, 4 million US dollars from endorsement and 5.8 million US dollars of yearly income.
4. Shahid Khan Afridi
Sahibzada Mohamad Shahid Khan Afridi is right handed Pakistani all rounder cricketer. He was born on March 1, 1980. His cousin is Javed Afridi who is CEO of Haier Pakistan. He made his debut against Kenya on 2 october. In the age of 16 years he became the youngest player to score a century. Afridi is the 4th richest player in cricket history because of his 2.3 million US dollars of salary through PCB central contract and other T20 leagues, 4 million US dollars from endorsement and 6.3 million US dollars of yearly income.
3. Chris Gayle
Chris gayle was born on September 21, 1979. He is left handed west Indian all rounder. He is also known as Gayle Force because of his deadly batting skills. He started his cricket career with Lucas cricket club, Kingston. He is considered as 3rd richest player in cricket world because of his 4.5 million US dollars salary by various T20 leagues, 3 million US dollars from endorsement and 7.5 million yearly income.
2. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988. He is the right handed Indian batsman. He is most popular cricket star in india and most deadly young cricketer. He is purely a nightmare for any bowler. He is also the co-owner of FC Goa the ISL team and UAE royals the IPTL franchise. He is considered as 2nd richest player of cricket world because of his 6.9 million US dollars salary from IPL contract and BCCI central contract, 18 million US dollars from endorsement and 24.9 million US dollars of yearly income.
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
M.S. Dhoni was born on 7 July 1981. He is the right handed Indian wicket keeper captain. He is the most successful and coolest captain of Indian history. India have won the 2007 T20 world cup and 2011 ODI world cup under his captaincy. He is the richest cricketer in the cricket world by his 5.7 million US dollars salary through IPL and BCCI central contract, 23 million US dollars from endorsement and 28.7 million US dollars of yearly income.