Where Cricketer Players Make the Most Money

Ever heard of a sport called cricket? Cricket may not be well known in some countries,
but for others it’s a pretty big deal. So big, in fact, that some of the best cricket
players have paychecks that would really blow your mind! You may not know them, but you might just
consider consulting them before your next career change. Just make sure you move to the right country
too. So what is cricket? The sport may seem a bit complicated for first
time watchers so I’m going to try explain it as simply as possible. It could probably be compared to baseball,
but there are quite a few differences. Two teams of eleven players each take turns
to bat and bowl. Let’s call them Team A and Team B. In this
case, bowling is kind of like pitching; someone who throws a ball really hard at the person
with the bat. The batting team, Team A, has two people at
each end of a cricket pitch; a rectangular piece of hard grass in the middle of a grass
field. Team B has a bowler that throws the ball to
one of the batters and a wicket keeper behind the batter. His job is to try to ‘catch out’ the batter
by catching the ball after it was touched by the bat. Similar to a strike out but it only has to
happen once. The rest of Team B are fielders that also
try to catch out the batter or throw the ball to the wicket; little wooden thingies that
need to be knocked down if the batter is on the wrong side of the line. If the ball is hit far enough, the two batters
of Team A have to run and basically switch places. If they make it safely over the line without
their wicket being hit by the ball they have one run. Runs are the points that Team A build up and
Team B has to beat when it’s their turn to bat. If they hit the ball far enough they can get
more points without actually having to run. There are a few more nitty gritty details,
but I think that’s about the gist of it. Pretty simple right? So can their salaries really be so astronomical
that it’s worth me telling you more about it? Yes, yes they are. You see the average cricketer salary varies
in each country and this is causing some dispute. In Australia, for example, international male
players would have started off with around 270,000 dollars per year in 2018. So if that’s the starting salary, what do
the MVPs get? In Australia there is a quite a gap between
the top players and those who still have to prove themselves. The salary for top tier players peaks at close
to 1.4 million dollars. This is thanks to the agreement that players
get to share 30% of the money that the sport brings in for the country. That’s really generous! But keep in mind that these players are all
getting other forms of endorsements as well, which makes that yearly salary only a chunk
of the actual amount they see in their bank account. Some of the other top cricketing countries
have a middle tier to bridge the gap between the newbies and the superstars. England cricketers who started out in 2017
received a salary of about 265,000 dollars per year, with the middle tier players pocketing
close to 600,000 dollars and the high rollers earning just under 1 million. See how it pays to live in the right country? But like I said, this is purely the salary
and not the total income. So still not a bad career choice! Let’s take a look at a few more heavy weight
countries when it comes to international cricket. First off is India. Here, the salaries of players are also divided
into three tiers; Grade A, B and C. Based on the value of each player, they sign individual
contracts, with Grade A being the highest at approximately 150,000 dollars and Grade
C earning 46,500. However, if a player shows some outstanding
qualities in regards to their cricketing abilities, they can earn over 300,000 dollars every year. New Zealand and West Indies cricket teams’
top players earned around 140,000 dollars per year and Sri Lanka comes in 7th place
with their key players receiving around 120,000. I think I understand why there is a bit of
a dispute when it comes to earnings. There is quite a huge gap between all tiers
when comparing the countries. And unfortunately not all cricketers can play
for one country. That would probably be counterproductive to
the growth of the sport. Let’s hope the countries can find a way
to bridge the gaps a bit. As mentioned before, these players have other
means of increasing the balance in their personal bank accounts. Like many other sports, there are a few different
competitions every year that don’t bind players by country, meaning they have the
option of more than one contract that generates a salary. And of course, there are endorsements to take
into consideration. This means that even if their contract has
a lower yearly salary than players in other countries, they could still earn more in total
if they are really good. And let’s just say most of them are really,
really good at what they do. Take a look at some of the top earners in
international cricket in 2017. The current captain of the Indian Cricket
team, Virat Kohli, was the only Indian, as well as the only cricket player, that was
featured in the Forbes list of “The World’s Highest Paid Athletes” and earned a mind
blowing 22 million dollars in 2017 alone; give or take. However, when it comes to net worth, former
Indian captain, MS Dhoni, still outshines Kohli, at a staggering 111 million. But hey, no one knows what the future holds
in store! With India holding the first two spots of
highest paid cricketers, West Indies player Chris Gayle, from Jamaica, comes in third
place earning around 7 and a half million dollars in 2017. Australia and South Africa have players that
tie for fourth highest paid in their sport in 2017, David Warner and AB De Villiers. If you are thinking of seriously taking up
cricket, you should probably know that they do, in fact, work very hard for those big
bucks. It’ll take a lot of effort and superior
skill to even start competing on the level these guys have already mastered. You see, apart from being some of the highest
paid athletes, cricketers have also been labelled among the fittest. Men’s Health UK actually has a workout to
“get cricket fit”. Not one I will be attempting any time soon. I guess money isn’t everything! Are you as shocked as I was by some of the
facts of this interesting sport? Like the video and share with a friend. If you have more facts to share about the
salaries in cricket, please sound off in the comments! Subscribe to see even more videos that bring
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100 thoughts on “Where Cricketer Players Make the Most Money

  1. Sachin Tendulkar Net Worth : 118 Million Dollars
    MS Dhoni : 111 Million
    Virat Earned 22 Million
    Currently new Grading System pays Indian Grade A+ players above 1 Million Dollars.
    Apart from the millions, in every country, you have a "per match" fee of about 20,000 USD for a 5 Day match, 6,666 USD for a One Day and 3,333 USD for a half day (6 Hr, 240 Ball match). This is Indian Pay, but it's really close for all countries.
    And truly, Endorsement deals shower upon you too. Virat Kohli bagged a 1 Crore (2 Million USD) Deal with Puma, that is just one of the 100s of endorsements he does

  2. Wrong information about Indian players contract. India's top cricket players are paid 7 crore which is almost 1 million dollars.

    Then there are three more tiers below this.

    Rest of the video was okay.

  3. what is cricket ?? Are you kidding me??
    It is the secod most loved sport in the world ,better then the rugbe.
    By the way what is rugbe??

  4. I'm an Indian & it's obviously CRICKET.
    Never thought brightside would make a video on cricket. I am loving it.

  5. Yeah..Sachin, virat, dhoni- richest , popular cricketers!
    And then there was this wall of cricket – Rahul Dravid!
    One of the greatest cricketer who proved cricket to be a gentleman's game!
    Any rahul Sir's fan here??

  6. west indies players earn less than Bangladeshi or sri lankan cricketers. that's why the player have dispute with cricket board.

  7. Mvp in India can earn a salary of 1.2 million dollars beside that for each matches played in international level each player gets a match fees of 20000 dollars beside salary.then there is bigbash league of Australia and ipl in India where players earn additional money up to 2.5 million dollars

  8. you people just wanna gain subscribers frm india by making these type of videos…….bcz they have 2 largest population in the world……good business…lol

  9. Salaries must be compared according the price index of a country. Not everything that's available for just $10 in India is of same price in Australia.

  10. Cricket should become as famous as football and the test matches should be seen mere than t 20s….i hope god will listen to my prayer

  11. I appreciate that bright side tried to explain Cricket, it was kinda weird and Funny too?. Again good job

  12. You didn't get it all they earn more than you described
    I'm a cricket fan and I know all of thatv

  13. You reported Indian cricketer's yearly salary, below are the correct details

    Indian Cricket Team’s New Salaries

    A+ Grade – Rs 7 Crore a Year
    (~ 1M USD)
    Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah

    A Grade – Rs 5 Crore a Year

    Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Wridhhiman Saha

    B Grade – Rs 3 Crore a Year

    KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Karthik

    C Grade – Rs 1 Crore a Year

    Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel, Jayant Yadav

  14. Those (player) who play cricket is called cricketer,
    So your caption "Cricketer Player " is kinda wrong…

  15. Bright side ….this is for you ….the Richest Cricketers are from India ….they earn the most ….from brand endorsments ?

  16. Remember these names MSD and VIRAT KOHL because this time World cup is in England and they gonna win ???? INDIA

  17. Highly Paid cricketers in 2017
    1.Virat Kohli (IND)
    2.M.S.Dhoni (IND)
    3.Chris Gayle (West IND)
    4.David Warner(AUS) & AB De (SA)

  18. You might as well make a video about the ways to get out in cricket
    There are ten of them

    But all the people watching this video ( including me) kniws all the ways

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