Sportsmen are considered no less than celebrities in India. They have a huge fan base, big endorsements and a high paycheck. Have you ever wondered with all the pricey endorsements and booming sports career how much our sportspersons earn annually? If yes, then this article is just for you! Read on to know the top 10 highest earning sportspersons of India.
Proudly holding the number 1 position is the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. He started his career in cricket in the year 2008 and now is the captain of the Indian Cricket Team. Rightly regarded as one of the best contemporary batsmen in the world, Virat Kohli has bagged many awards like the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy in 2017 and 2018; ICC Test Player of the Year 2018; ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012, 2017 and 2018 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2018. He is also regarded as one of the most influential people in the world and thus has secured multi-crore endorsement deals. He is the face of luxury brands like Tissot, Puma, Uber, Audi, Hero, Manyavar and many more. Virat Kohli net worth at present is approximately ₹688 crores. Also, according to Forbes, he earned a whopping ₹252.7 crores in 2019.
On the 2nd position is the most successful captain of the Indian Cricket Team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The Ranchi-born player debuted in the national cricket team in the year 2004 and was named captain in the year 2008. He has received several accolades such as the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007, the Padma Shri in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan in 2018. The Indian Territorial Army honoured him with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the year 2011. He was positioned as a Grade A player earlier but now is excluded from the BCCI latest Annual Contract List. The veteran player has a huge number of brand endorsements under his belt. He has represented brands such as Lays, Sonata Watches, Amrapali, Reebok, Gulf Oil, Pepsi, Big Bazaar and many more. Dhoni’s net worth is currently approximately ₹786.53 crores. Also, according to Forbes, he earned a total sum of ₹135.93 crores in 2019.
On 3rd rank is the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar with the gross earnings of ₹76.96 crores in the year 2019. Sachin Tendulkar is one of the most influential and celebrated cricketers of all times. His fame echoed in every nook and corner of India during his active years. Though Sachin retired from International Cricket in the year 2013, he still earns through his many investments and multiple endorsement deals. He has been affiliated with brands such as Adidas, Coca Cola and BMW. He also has shares in two premium hotels in Mumbai and co-owns an ISL franchise. His net worth is estimated to be around ₹834 crores.
Fondly regarded as ‘Hitman’, Rohit Sharma made his national debut in the year 2007. He has been honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2020 and the Arjuna Award in 2015 for his outstanding performance in cricket. He is one of the A+ Grade players in the BCCI Annual List. Sharma earns a fair share of his income from the IPL franchise and was retained for IPL 2020 by the Mumbai Indians at a sum of ₹15 crores. He is also the face of many well-known brands such as Lays, Adidas, Maggi, Nissan, Relispray, Ceat, Oppo, and Hublot. Rohit Sharma’s net worth is currently ₹145 crores. Also, according to Forbes, his annual earnings in 2019 were ₹54.29 crores.
Rishabh Pant made his national debut in the year 2017 and was regarded as the ICC Emerging Player of the Year at the 2018 ICC Awards in 2019. He rose to fame after his outstanding IPL performance and was retained for IPL 2020 by the Delhi Capital at an amount of ₹15 crores. He is included in the Grade A players in the BCCI Annual List. Brands such as Adidas, SG and JSW Steel have roped in Pant as their ambassador. According to Forbes, Rishabh Pant banked a total amount of ₹29.19 crores in 2019.
Standing at the 6th position is the Surat-born player Hardik Pandya. He made his national debut in the year 2016 and quickly got recognized as an all-rounder. The Mumbai Indians retained Pandya for IPL 2020 at an amount of ₹11 crores. He is included in the Grade B player in the BCCI Annual Contract List. The 26-year-old has been the face of many brands such as Gillette, Oppo Smartphones, Star Sports, Gulf Oil, Boat and also owns a luxury designer house in Gujarat. According to Forbes, Hardik Pandya’s earnings in the year 2019 amounted to ₹28.46 crores.
The ‘flash’ of the Indian Cricket Team stands at the 7th position. Jasprit Bumrah made his national debut in the year 2016 and quickly became a valued player due to his key performances. He is included in the Grade A+ players in the BCCI Annual Contract List along with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai Indians team retained him with an amount of ₹7 crores for IPL 2020. His outstanding performance on-field has attracted several brands to rope him in as a brand ambassador. He has represented several brands like Dream 11, Asics India, Cure.Fit, Skybags, Boat, Royal Stag, Beardo, and Redmi K20 Pro. According to Forbes, his total earnings in the year 2019 amounted to ₹23.25 crores.
The next in the list is KL Rahul, the first Indian to score on One Day International Debut. The wicket-keeper batsman made his national debut in the year 2014 and quickly gained popularity along with a huge fan base. He is among the Grade A players under the BCCI Annual Contract List. Kings XI Punjab retained him at an amount of ₹11 crores and also made him captain for IPL 2020. Recently, he was announced as the vice-captain for the ODI series. Though a major share of his income comes from IPL, KL Rahul has endorsed various brands too. Some of them are Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Cure.Fit, Zenovit and Gully. According to Forbes, he earned a total of ₹23.19 crores in the year 2019.
Gabbar aka Shikhar Dhawan stands at the 9th position. He made his national debut in the year 2010. He too is listed as a Grade A player under the BCCI Annual Contract List. He is acknowledged with the Wisden Cricketer Of The Year Award in 2014, CEAT International Player Of The Year in 2013 and CEAT International Batsman Of The Year in 2018. The Delhi Capitals roped him in for IPL 2020 at an amount of ₹5.2 crores. He became the first player in the history of the Indian Premier League to score two consecutive Centuries in 2020. He has endorsed several brands such as Boat, Canara Bank, Ramsons, Alcis Sports, and Big Bazaar FBB. He also owns a home decor brand named DaOne. According to Forbes, his annual earnings amounted to ₹19.11 crores.
On the 10th position is Ravindra Jadeja. He made his national debut in the year 2009 and became the first Indian left-arm spinner to take 150 One Day International wickets. The star all-rounder is a part of the Grade A list of players under the BCCI Annual Contract List. Jadeja was retained by The Chennai Super Kings at an amount of ₹7 crores for IPL 2020. He is the brand ambassador for several well-known brands such as Zeven, Incredible India, Castrol, Asian Paints, Reliance Jio, and Bajaj Almond Hair Oil. His estimated net worth is approximately said to be ₹45.2 crores. According to Forbes, he made a total of ₹18.41 crores in 2019.