Across the world, sport is often seen as the great leveller, with people from all walks of life being judged on merit and getting a chance to make a name and living for themselves. India, with an abundance of talent in every corner of the country, is no different when it comes to sports providing […]
Across the world, sport is often seen as the great leveller, with people from all walks of life being judged on merit and getting a chance to make a name and living for themselves. India, with an abundance of talent in every corner of the country, is no different when it comes to sports providing a chance for people to make a good living. While for years cricketers have been the only ones to be in the conversation for who might be the richest sportsman in India, things are starting to change a little bit. While cricket still dominates the sporting spectrum in the country, the recent successes of athletes in different sports have opened up new avenues for sportsmen and women in the country.
In this article, we are taking a look at who is the richest sportsman in India.
Net Worth – Rs. 36 Crores
The first Indian to win a badminton medal at the Olympics, Saina Nehwal has been fundamental in reigniting the popularity of the sport in India over the last decade. A majority of her earnings come from prize money at various national and international tournaments, while the senior badminton pro also endorses a few brands.
Net Worth – Rs. 37 Crores
A legend of the game, Mithali Raj is also the richest female Indian cricketer. Her match earnings and prize money won from different tournaments, as well as a good number of endorsement deals, put her in this bracket.
Net Worth – Rs. 50 Crores
A fantastic all-rounder and a gun fielder, Jadeja has seen his stocks rising in international cricket over the last couple of years. This has translated into an increase in his financial health as well. Among the players holding a central contract with the BCCI, Ravindra Jadeja’s major earnings comes from international games with India and IPL games with CSK. He also holds a few endorsement deals apart from having invested in properties across the country.
Net Worth – Rs. 54 Crores
After winning the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, PV Sindhu became a household name, signing endorsement deals with several brands including the likes of Myntra, Bank of Baroda and many more. Over the last 3 years, she is said to have earned close to 50 crores from endorsements alone, putting her in the conversation for who is the richest sportsman in India.
Net Worth – Rs. 58 Crores
One of India’s leading fast bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also among the highest earners from international cricket and the Indian Premier League. Apart from the match fees and prize money coming in from playing at the highest level, Kumar also endorses a few brands. According to caknowledge.com, he charges a healthy Rs. 1 Crore per endorsement.
Net Worth – Rs. 110 Crores
Another cricketer in the list to find out the richest sportsman in India is leading off-spinner R Ashwin. Even though he has been away from white ball cricket for about 3 years, Ashwin is still a mainstay at the Test level and holds a lucrative IPL contract with Delhi Capitals. Apart from his match earnings, he also earns from endorsement deals with brands like Gillette, Complan, Vodafone, Castrol and more.
Net Worth – Rs. 92 Crores
A lucrative IPL contract with Delhi and Grade A contract with BCCI make for a great financial package for Shikhar Dhawan. Adding to his net worth are the many endorsement deals with brands like GS Caltex, Boat and more.
Net Worth – Rs. 145 Crores
The most successful captain and player in IPL and one of the best batsmen in the world, Rohit Sharma is on the rise when it comes to popularity and net worth. Estimated at Rs. 145 Crores at the moment, his net worth is expected to grow rapidly over the next few years. He is one of the three cricketers to hold the Grade A+ contract with BCCI, while he is also one of the highest paid players in the IPL. Adding to his income is the ever growing list of endorsement deals, which includes brands like Lays, CEAT, Adidas, Maggi, Nissan, Aristocrat, Hublot, Oppo and more.
Net Worth – Rs. 175 Crores
Sania Mirza is arguably the most recognizable name in Indian tennis at the moment, despite the star from Hyderabad not having played an international game in a while. Her net worth earlier had a sizeable contribution from prize money from different tournaments when she was actively playing. Even now, her endorsement deals and other investments have kept a better than decent financial portfolio.
Net Worth – Rs. 175 Crores
Another athlete in the richest sportsman in India category who has been away from the international level for a while but has still managed to build a healthy financial situation for himself. Suresh Raina largely depends on his earnings from the IPL playing for CSK, where he is one of the highest paid players in the league. Another contributing factor to his net worth are the endorsement deals he has in the bag, riding on being one of the more popular cricketers in the country. Over the years he has also invested in different avenues to strengthen his portfolio.
Net Worth – Rs. 826 Crores
Even though he has retired from international cricket and only plays in IPL, the brand MS Dhoni continues to be as strong as ever. The former Indian captain is among the top 3 richest cricketers in the world, which is largely down to the several brand endorsements he still has in his bag. Dhoni endorses the likes of Indigo Paints, Orient Electric, Snickers, Dream11, TVS and more, making up a total of 20 brands he is currently endorsing. Add to that the fact that he is among the highest paid cricketers in IPL, and you get the reason for his humungous net worth.
Net Worth – Rs. 918 Crores
The highest paid cricketer in the world, the only Indian in Forbes’ List of Richest 100 Athletes in the World, the only cricketer in Forbes’ List of Richest 100 Athletes in the World. When it comes to being the richest sportsman in India, nobody can touch Virat Kohli at the moment. He is the highest paid cricketer in IPL, holds a Grade A+ contract with the BCCI, endorses close to 15 brands and has even invested in his own brand called One 8. The Indian captain can lay a firm claim to being the best cricketer in the world right now, and is not doing bad on the financial front either.