Cricket Tycoons

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has emerged as the highest-earning cricketer in the last 12 months. A recent Forbes study reveals that the Indian skipper has pushed Sachin Tendulkar to the 2nd place. Despite all the riches from the IPL and endorsements, the Indians are nowhere close to the Tigers, Beckhams and the Bryants of the world.

MS Dhoni
Earnings: $10 million
Major Sponsors: Reebok, GE Money, Pepsi
Has made $8 mn of endorsement income over the last year. Is one of the hottest properties in terms of endorsements and has cashed in on that

Sachin Tendulkar
Earnings: $8 million
Major Sponsors: Adidas, Canon, Royal Bank of Scotland
Tendulkar, widely considered as one of the greatest batsman ever, is one of five IPL cricketers with “icon” status, meaning he’s exempt from the league’s player auction and instead automatically receives a paycheque 15 per cent larger than his highest paid Mumbai teammate. Though the MI disappointed again in the second season, it doesn’t seem to bother the Little Master’s earnings.

Yuvraj Singh
Earnings: $5.5 million
Major Sponsors: Fiat, Reebok, Microsoft
Earned $4 mn from endorsements and other commercial ventures off the field, including providing a voice in an animated film .

Rahul Dravid
Earnings: $5 million
Major Sponsors: Castrol, Reebok
Earns slightly over $1 mn annually from Bangalore. His return to the ODI squad is sure to boost the commercial interest in him.

Andrew Flintoff
Earnings: $4 million
Major Sponsors: Puma, Volkswagen, Barclays
Retiring from Test and carrying on with the shorter version may have irked the purists, but only time will tell if this affects his earnings.

Sourav Ganguly
Earnings: $3.5 million
Major Sponsors: Puma, Pepsi
Despite a controversial second season with KKR, the former India captain has still managed to rake in the moolah.

Ricky Ponting
Earnings: $3.5 million
Major Sponsors: Valvoline, KFC, Adidas
Is Australia’s most marketable athlete, earning more than $2 mn in commercial endorsements over the last 12 months.

Brett Lee
Earnings: $3 million
Major Sponsors: Gatorade, Volkswagen
Despite not being fit throughout the year and missing most of the IPL season 2, Lee has still managed to keep his place in the top-10.

Kevin Pietersen
Earnings: $3 million
Major Sponsors: Red Bull, Vodafone, Adidas
Purchased for a record $1.55 mn by Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Englishman has increased his income.

Michael Clarke
Earnings: $2.5 million
Major Sponsors: Gillette, Slazenger
Clarke is the one of the high-profile cricketers who is yet to join the IPL and the only non-IPL player to feature in this list.


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