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LAHORE – Many of cricket fans know Australian cricketers are the highest paid athletes in their country but when compared to their Indian rivals their salary seems a bit less.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and vice-captain Virat Kohli are earning more than triple that of their Australian rivals each year.

Here is a list of ten highest paid cricketers:

 

MS Dhoni

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Dhoni, according to Forbes, has retained the number 1 spot in the list of richest cricketers, since 2009.

The Team India captain, with $65 million net worth, holds the top spot in terms of highest yearly income for best part of last 9 years largely become highly lucrative domestic endorsement deals.

Salary: $3.5 million

Sponsors: Reebok, PepsiCo, Sony

 

Virat Kohli

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20:  Virat Kohli of India looks on during the Victoria Bitter One Day International match between Australia and India at Manuka Oval on January 20, 2016 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

India’s Test captain Virat Kohli, is just behind MS Dhoni, with a net worth of $46 million.

Salary: $3.1 million

Sponsors: Nike, PepsiCo, Toyota , Head&Shoulder

 

Gautam Gambhir

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The left-handed opening batsman who plays domestic cricket for Delhi, and captains Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, has been ranked at third after Kohli with a net worth of $44 million.

Salary: $3.9 million

Sponsors: Reebok, Red Bull, Hero Honda

 

Shane Watson

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The Australian all-rounder, who played his last international match against India during World Twenty 20 in Mohali, has been ranked at fourth in the list with $4.0m net worth.

Salary: $4.0 million

Sponsors: Gunn & Moore, Asics, TAG Heuer

 

Virender Sehwag

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The former Indian cricketer also made it to the list of richest cricketers with $40 million net worth.

Salary: $3.5 million

Sponsors: Fila, Hero Honda, Royal Challenge

 

Shahid Afridi

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Nicknamed as Boom Boom Afridi, is the only Pakistani player to be ranked in the list of richest cricketers, with $47 million net worth that is more than Kohli’s.

Afridi is the current captain of the franchise Peshawar Zalmi and the Pakistan T20 national team.

Salary: $2.5 million

Sponsors: Head&Shoulder , Q-Mobile , PepsiCo

 

Rohit Sharma

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India’s opening batsman Rohit Gurunath Sharma has been ranked at 7th with a net worth of $36 million.

Sharma is also the captain of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

Salary: $2.0 million

Sponsors: MRF

 

Michael Clarke

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The former cricketer is widely considered one of Australia’s greatest ever batsmen and captains. He retains 8th position in the list with a net worth of $34.5 million.

Salary: $3.5 million

Sponsors: Spartan Sports, Gillette, Bonds

 

Chris Gayle

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The Jamaican cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies has been considered one of the most powerful batsmen in limited-over cricket. With numerous records in all formats of the game, Gayle has secured a net worth of $30 million and ranked second last in the list.

Salary: $2 million

Sponsors: PepsiCo, Royal Challenge

 

Suresh Raina

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The left-handed middle-order batsman and an occasional off-spin bowler, who plays for Uttar Pradesh in all forms of domestic cricket and is the captain of Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League, has been ranked at last with $25 million net worth.

Salary: $3 million

Sponsors: Aircel , PepsiCO

 

 

Courtesy: Emirates247 Sports