Captains call the shots on a cricket field. They shepherd their troops and try to bring the best out of the team. In marquee tournaments like the T20 World Cup 2022, a skipper’s role is more crucial than ever. In a fast-paced T20 format, one decision can make all the difference.
The captains of a team are considered the role models of cricket in their country. They are very popular personalities and attract a lot of endorsements. The stocks of captains rise year after year and so do their paycheques. Let us look at the net worth of the top 8 team’s captains who will be featuring at the upcoming T20 World Cup.
1. Aaron Finch – INR 63.7 crore
Aaron Finch led Australia to their maiden T20 World Cup triumph in 2021 and he would be looking to recreate history in the upcoming T20 extravaganza. The Australian skipper has been banked on to give his team explosive starts and the veteran batter has done it with perfection.
Finch’s exploits on the field have made him one of the top personalities in Australia. The 35-year-old is known to endorse top brands like Gray-Nicolls, Puma, Asics, Callaway Golf, Sony Playstation, and Rario NFT.
The ace cricketer apart from the central contract with Cricket Australia takes an active part in franchise leagues such as IPL and BBL which adds to his earnings. As per CA Knowledge, Finch has a net worth of $8 million (INR 63.7 crore).
2. Babar Azam – INR 31.8 crore
Babar Azam has been the run machine for Pakistan across formats. The Pakistan skipper was the highest run-getter in the last year’s T20 World Cup and would look to replicate the performance in the forthcoming marquee event in Australia.
The 27-year-old is one of the highest-paid cricketers in Pakistan. Babar is known to have a net worth of over $4 million (INR 31.8 crore) as per GQ India. Apart from his central contract, the ace-batter’s PSL contract with the Karachi Kings reportedly fetches him INR 1.24 crore.
Babar is among the most famous cricketers in Pakistan and is known to earn hefty sums from brand endorsements. Some of the top brands that the veteran batter endorses are Head & Shoulders, Oppo, HBL, Huawei, Free Fire, Gray Nicolls, and Credit Book.
3. Kane Williamson – INR 51.8 crore
Kane Williamson is arguably New Zealand’s most successful captain at the moment. Under his captaincy, the Blackcaps won the ICC World Test Championship in 2021 and were runner-ups in the previous two limited-over World Cups.
New Zealand’s ‘Captain Cool’ has helped his team achieve great heights and has been an inspirational personality in New Zealand. Many brands like Powerade, Rockit, Asics, Seagram’s Royal Stag, Nicholson Auto, and Holden Colorado have signed the 32-year-old as their brand ambassadors.
Williamson by retained by his franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and the ace batter drives home INR 14 crore from this contract. According to the reports of CA Knowledge, the veteran batter has a net worth of $6.5 Million (INR 51.8 crore).
4. Jos Buttler – INR 79.7 crore
Jos Buttler is one of the most destructive batsmen in the shortest format. The wicket-keeper batter was handed over England’s reins in white-ball cricket from Eoin Morgan and the star cricketer would look to lead the Three Lions to a title victory in the forthcoming global tournament.
Buttler’s net worth is estimated to be around $10 Million (INR 79.7 crore). The 32-year-old has earned his net worth through endorsements and match fees in his playing career.
The swashbuckling cricketer’s IPL contract with Rajasthan Royals fetches him INR 10 crore. Buttler is associated with brands like Kookaburra, Cooper Associates, Vitality, Castore, Oppo, Fuzion 100, and Dream11.
5. Shakib Al Hasan – INR 175 crore
Shakib Al Hasan was handed over Bangladesh’s reins in the shortest format in the build-up to the Asia Cup 2022 last month. The veteran all-rounder is the highest wicket-taker in T20Is and will have a task cut out to lead his team to glory at the marquee event.
Shakib is undoubtedly the biggest name to have emerged from Bangladesh cricket circles. The 35-year-old has been a poster boy of Bangladesh Cricket and attracts a lot of brand endorsements.
Shakib is the brand ambassador of Blucheez Outfitters, Lenovo, OPPO, Pepsi, Castrol, and Life Boy. According to CricFann, Shakib has a net worth of around $22 million (INR 175 crore).
6. Mohammad Nabi – INR 9.56 crore
Mohammad Nabi was handed Afghanistan leadership duties last year ahead of the 2021 T20 World Cup and the veteran all-rounder has been driving the chariot of the Afghan team ever since. The star cricketer has been a match-winner for the team with bat and ball and will be instrumental to the team’s success at the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Nabi is a T20 giant and plays different franchise cricket leagues throughout the year. This brings in a lot of income for the veteran all-rounder apart from the central contract with the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
The 37-year-old is a very famous personality in Afghanistan and endorses brands like Azizi Bank and Etisalat. According to a report in Primes world, Nabi has a net worth of $1.2 Million (INR 9.56 crore).
7. Temba Bavuma – INR 39.8 crore
Temba Bavuma was handed the leadership duties in white-ball cricket when South African cricket was in turmoil. The 32-year-old has done a commendable job to revive the Proteas in the limited overs cricket and making them the force they are currently.
The South African skipper is the rock at the top of the order and is entrusted to hold the innings together. He will be crucial in the upcoming marquee event as the Proteas bid for their maiden T20 World Cup triumph.
Bavuma earns a majority of his income from central and domestic contracts. He is also a brand ambassador of sports foot Ware Brand New Balance. As per Newspress, Bavuma holds a net worth of $5 million (INR 39.8 crore).
8. Rohit Sharma – INR 191 crore
Rohit Sharma is rated as one of the finest leaders in the T20 circuit. He is a shrewd tactician of the game and the most successful captain in the history of the Indian Premier League. Apart from his captaincy skills, the 35-year-old is the lynchpin of the Indian batting lineup.
The Indian skipper has contributed a lot to the success of the team and holds a Grade A+ contract from the BCCI, which fetches him INR 7 crore annually. Rohit was retained by Mumbai Indians in 2022 and this contract gives him INR 16 crore.
Rohit earns massive wealth by endorsing leading brands like Adidas, Maggi, Nissan, Lays, Oppo, CEAT, Aristocrat, Glenmark, IIFL Finance, Hublot, and Highlanders. Currently, the net worth of the veteran batter is valued at around $24 million (INR 191 crore) as per CA Knowledge.
(Numbers mentioned in this article are taken from different sources)