The gentleman’s sport,cricket, has recently got quite a makeover with the introduction of the commercialised Indian Premier League format. In addition,players of this gentleman’s sport, make a winning with TV and endorsement contracts and sponsorships. Let’s take a look at the highest earing cricketers in the year 2012.
10.Michael Clarke 2.5 Million Dollars
An Australian master, Michael Clarke, was most recently captain of the Aussie cricket team. A true all-rounder and a strong patriotic spirit as well, he declined to join the Indian Premier League. With endorsements for Gillette and sports company Slazenger under his belt, Michael Clarke comes in at the number ten spot in the top ten list of highest paid cricketers, netting 2.5 million dollars annually.
9.Kevin Pietersen 3 Million Dollars
Spectacular English batsman Kevin Pietersen of the Bangalore Royal Challengers Indian Premier League team is well-known for his brilliant reverse shots for a six. His participation in the IPL and endorsements from big names such as sporting giantAdidas, Red Bull and Vodafone have earned him 3 million dollars every year.
8.Brett Lee 3 Million Dollars
An impressive force, striking fear in the hearts of even the best batsmen, extraordinary fast bowler Brett Lee’s income is supplemented by tie ups with Adidas, Volkswagen, KFC and Gatorade, placing him in a tie with Kevin Pietersen at 3 million dollars every year.
7.Ricky Ponting 3.5 Million Dollars
Once skipper of the Aussie cricket team, still popular Ricky Ponting(tying with Saurav Ganguly)rakesin a cool 3.5 million dollars playingcricket and tying up with Adidas, KFC and Valvoline.
6.Sourav Ganguly 3.5 Million dollars
Fondly known as ‘Dada’ across India, Indian cricket idol and once captain of the Indian cricket team, Saurav Ganguly, earns 3.5 million dollars, supplemented by deals with Pepsi and Puma.
5.Andrew Flintoff 4 Million Dollars
Brilliant with bat and ball, English cricketerAndrew Flintoff who has played for England, the Lancashire Country Cricket Club and the IPL team the Chennai Super Kings, netted a whopping 4 million dollars helped along by endorsements with Puma, Volkswagen and Barclays.
4.Rahul Dravid 5 Million Dollars
Captain of the Indian cricket teams many times over, Rahul ‘The Wall’ Dravid, now retired except for the IPL, is one of the greatest Indian cricketers. Generously helped along by endorsements with Reebok and Castrol he makes an impressive 5 million dollars.
3.Yuvraj Singh 5.5 Million Dollars
A superb batsman, Yuvraj Singh has lent a hand in leading his team to victory. Netting a whopping 5.5 million dollars, he is facilitated by endorsements with sports brand Reebok, Microsoft and Fiat.
2.Sachin Tendulkar 8 Million Dollars
The chotta master, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar makes a net amount of 8 million dollars. Captaining IPL team Mumbai Indians, advertisements and endorsements with Adidas and Royal Bank of Scotland have led to be the second richest cricketer in the world.
1.Mahendra Singh Dhoni 8 Million Dollars
Richest cricketer on the planet, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the skipper of the Indian cricket team, which he led to victory in the World Cup. Playing for the Chennai Super Kings and a mammoth 43 million dollar deal with Rhiti Sports has put him in the top spot.