Will Virat Kohli Top the List of Highest Earning Indian Sportsman Ever?
Virat Kohli after taking up captaincy has won a number of trophies and series for India. The team is consistently bringing glory to the sport and our country. The successful captain is also working off-field to become the highest earning sportsman. This means Virat is taking on the race to top the list over the former Indian captain MS Dhoni. MS Dhoni is right now the top-earning Indian sportsman ever.
Virat Kohli has marked the beginning by taking a deal of Rs 17 crore from BCCI for IPL,2019. This makes him the highest paying IPL cricketer for his team Royal Challengers Bangalore. The deal also includes a lot of advertisement contracts. Virat is already the highest earning cricketer in the sport. The Indian captain has got several leading brands with him that are strengthening his pay scale. Yet, the question is, will he succeed in becoming the highest earner overthrowing MS Dhoni?
Virat and the brands
Virat is currently having 21 captivating brands in his list. The list ranges from shoes, oral hygiene, watches, traditional clothing and much more. He has got grossing brands like Audi, Puma, Tissot, Hero and Uber.
Recently, Virat released the Basket Classic One8 shoes in partnership with Puma, India. The shoes were designed by the player taking inspiration from Cricket. It has also got Virat’s name on it. This new release has also brought a hike in his earnings. These stunning deals have made a place for him in the top 100 highest earning sportsmen in the world. He has captured the 83rd rank in the list with USD 24 million. Virat’s next move will be to become the next top-earning Indian sportsman. Previously, MS Dhoni made a record of being the top-earning sportsman in India with USD 31 Million in 2015.
Popularity on Social Media
The social media handle of Virat Kohli has seen a major boost recently. Virat marrying the leading Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in December last year could be a possible reason too. His official Facebook account has got 37 million fans and over 27 million followers on Instagram. Virat Kohli has also got over 27 million followers on the micro-blogging website Twitter.
The recent Forbes report has revealed that Virat has a total earning of 20 million dollars. Out of the 20 million, 16 million of his earnings are from the endorsements alone. The other 4 million dollars is the salary the cricketer has earned in the last 12 months. The salary will include Virat Kohli’s earnings from winning titles like Man of the match and Man of the Series.
The Indian captain is becoming very successful on the field along with his talented team. India has won all the series against West Indies recently. Team India under the captaincy of Kohli will face Australia in their next India Tour Of Australia. The series began with a T20 series in Australia and it ended in a draw between the two teams with 1-1. This will be followed by a four-match test series in December 2018.