Forbes has released the list of highest-earning athletes in India and Virat Kohli has topped the list earning a staggering Rs 228.1 crores ($32 Million). He earned that amount over the period of a year starting October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018.
The BCCI central contract, Royal Challengers Bangalore salary and advertising contracts are among the major contributors to Kohli’s earnings. Virat Kohli’s earning is pretty impressive considering he has managed to almost double his earning in a span of one year. Last year his earnings were Rs 100.72 crore.
No. 2 on the list is former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who earns a whopping Rs 101.8 crore ($14.4 Million). The third spot is being taken by cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar who remains on the list despite having retired back in 2013. He earned Rs 80 crore ($11.3 Million).
The list is dominated by cricketers. Besides Kohli, Dhoni and Sachin, other cricketers in the list are: Rohit Sharma (Rs 31.49 crore), Hardik Pandya (Rs 28.46 crore), R Ashwin (Rs 18.9 crore), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Rs 17.26 crore), Suresh Raina (Rs 16.96 crore), KL Rahul (Rs 16.48 crore), Jasprit Bumrah (Rs 16.42 crore), Shikhar Dhawan (Rs 16.26 crore), Ravindra Jadeja (Rs 15.39 crore), Manish Pandey (Rs 13.08 crore), Ajinkya Rahane (Rs 12.02 crore).
Other athletes to feature in the list are shuttlers PV Sindhu (Rs 36.5 crore, 20th), Saina Nehwal (Rs 16.54 crore, 58th), Kidambi Srikanth (Rs 10.5 crore, 87th), golfers Anirban Lahiri (Rs 11.99 crore, 81st), Shubhankar Sharma (Rs 4.5 crore, 98th); boxer Vijender Singh (Rs 6.4 crore, 96th) and tennis player Rohan Bopanna (Rs 3.27 crore, 99th).
Rohit Sharma on the cusp of breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s six record in ODIs