Aside from internationally known and acclaimed games like basketball, soccer, and other professional careers that give dignity and honor to the country that they represent during national competitions, there are also other games, which have been acknowledged by people across the world. Cricket is one of the games that can get the same fans and followers, which was introduced in the 16th century in England. It has actually expanded in India, Australia, and Southern Africa. Here are the players of Cricket who are also the richest cricketers in 2012 because of their ability and strength that they have shown that made well-deserve players of this year. This list is based on the December 2011 update after the World Cup 2011 was held. Let’s check out Richest Cricketers in 2012
10. Michael Clarke
He is an Australian cricketer who played as a captain for the Australian team. He is known as “Pup” while on the field. The first $1 million offered to him was made in 2009 where he now has total earnings of $2.5 million wherein some came from his sponsorship such as Gillette and Slazenger.
9. Kevin Pietersen
He might be an English player but his nationality is a mix of South African and English. He plays for Surrey and England. He also played for the IPL team from Bangalore, India. His earnings of $3 million come from the contract that he has signed for his team and other sponsorships too such as Adidas, Red Bull, and Vodafone.
8. Brett Lee
He is known for his fastest moves that made him one of the fastest bowlers in the world, based on the history of Cricket. His earnings can be compared with Kevin Peitersen, who had total earnings of $3 million. Some of his wealth came from Volkswagen and Gatorade as his sponsors.
7. Ricky Ponting
He is another player from Australia who has served as a captain for Test Cricket and Australian Cricket Team in 2004 and 2011 respectively. The current recorded earnings is $3.5 million wherein some of these earnings where accumulated from Adidas, KFC, and Valvoline as his sponsors.
6. Sourav Ganguly
He is an Indian player that has a name combined from Hindi and Bengal origin, and he had served as a captain for the Indian National Team. His total earnings were as same with Ricky Ponting, which totaled to $3.5 million wherein a portion of them came from his major promoters like Pepsi and Puma.
5. Andrew Flintoff
Before he became a broadcaster, he played as a cricketer at England, Indian Premiere League, and Lancashire Country Cricket Club. He is known as Fred or Freddie because of the popularity and similarity with the surname of Fred Flintstone. His total earnings are $4 million wherein some came from Barclays, Puma, and Volkswagen as his supporters.
4. Rahul Dravid
He was raised and born at Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India, and he has been playing for the Indian National team since 1996 wherein he also served as its captain. He has annual income of $1million at average. He has total earnings of $5 million that comes from Reebok and Castrol.
3. Yuvraj Singh
He is a player from India where he came from a well-known family of Sikh. He began playing as a cricketer because of the natural desire that runs in his blood since he is the son Yograj Singh, who was a known movie star and a fast bowler of Punjab. His total earnings are $5.5 million wherein it came from various commercials and sponsorships from Microsoft, Fiat, and Reebok.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
He did not just have the second spot on this list, but he still holds the title as the greatest batsman in the cricket history. In fact, scores and statistics could attest to that, as he gained the title of being the first male that got a double century score for ODI Cricket. His $8 million earnings came from the contract that he signed for his team and other sponsorships such as Adidas, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Canon.
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
He did not stop surprising his fans, especially when he got married in July of 2010. In fact, based on history and news, he had signed the richest deal ever recorded in history for Rhiti Sports, amounting to a 2 year-contract of $43 million or equivalent to Rs of 2 billion. His earnings totaled to $8 million as year 2012 begins and that is how he is the Richest Cricketer of 2012