High-flying cricketers achieve demigod status across the globe. They not only take home fat paychecks from their national boards and T20 franchises but also make a fortune from glitzy sponsorship contracts and commercial endorsements. Cognizant of the fact that moolahs are directly proportional to their performance on the field, sportspersons invest their hard-earned cash smartly to secure their future and guard themselves against an inevitable slump in form. Let's take a look at five cricketers boasting of enormous net worth, definitely more money than a lottery winner:
Sachin Tendulkar: Immortalized as 'God of Cricket', Sachin Tendulkar is currently the richest cricketer in the world. The batting great has been associated with several high-profile brands throughout his career including the popular tyre brand MRF. Tendulkar's net worth is pegged at a ballpark figure of INR 870 crores. He owns a resplendent house in Mumbai valued at a whopping INR 38 crores.
MS Dhoni: Having marshalled India to three ICC trophies, the cricketing genius that is MS Dhoni commands a whole lot of respect and admiration from fans spread all over the planet. The former Indian captain is a darling of the ad world, having promoted brands such as Oppo, Mastercard India and Reebok. His net worth stands at a tall INR 840 crores.
Virat Kohli: Virat Kohli rules the roost both on and off the field. He is the heartthrob of Indian cricket, a run-machine who blazed a fitness trail to mould his troops into a world-beating side. Kohli is the face of premium brands like Puma and Audi among others, having inked an eight-year deal worth INR 110 crores with the sportswear giant. Virat has also established his own fashion labels Wrogn and One8, taking his net worth to a staggering INR 638 crores.
Ricky Ponting: Ricky Ponting was the leader of the pack when Australia reached surreal heights across formats by bringing hyper-aggression to the fore. Besides his exploits as a captain, Ponting amassed over 10,000 runs in Test and ODI cricket apiece. Ponting took to commentary and coaching post retirement and is rendering his services to Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League.
The Aussie veteran resides in a plush home named 'Shanford Mansion', located in upscale Golden Mile of Brighton in Melbourne, with amenities including a private theatre, a pool, a billiard room, and a full-sized tennis court. Ponting's net worth is estimated to be around INR 492 crores.
Brian Lara: West Indian virtuoso Brian Lara, who is famously known as 'Prince of Port of Spain', had a sensational cricketing career that spanned from 1990-2007. His achievements comprise of a monumental effort that reaped 400 runs against England, a mind-numbing feat that still remains unscathed. Lara's current net worth is an astonishing INR 454 crores. He is the proud owner of a magnificent bungalow in Trinidad.