Top 5 multi-crore bat endorsement deals
Endorsements are an important part of a successful cricketer's life. Multi-crore sponsorship deals have been signed by cricketers as brands look to milk the most out of the popularity of our loved sportspersons. The most interesting deal of them all is the bat sticker deal and you will not believe how much these cricketers are paid just to display a sticker on their bats.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, is the most marketable cricketer on the planet and that became clearly evident when MRF decided to shell out a three figure sum in crores for his signature. The dashing right-handed batsman signed a 8 year deal with the tyre giants for a whopping Rs. 100 cr, making him the first cricketer in the Rs. 100 cr club.
Former Indian captain, MS Dhoni, might have retired from test cricket and might be in the twilight of his limited overs career but that has not seen a drop in his brand value. The Ranchi man earns a whopping Rs. 6 cr a year for endorsing Australia based sports apparel brand Spartan Sports.
The super talented Indian opener who has three ODI double hundreds to his name earns a whopping Rs. 3 cr a year for endorsing tyre maker CEAT. Considering the number of runs scored by the bat of Rohit Sharma, this is a steal deal for one of India's leading tyre manufacturers.
England Captain, Joe Root, is undoubtedly one of the best cricketers in the world so far, which is why he is one of the most sought out players by brands. The Englishman endorses sports apparel brand New Balance for a massive Rs. 1.7 cr a year. Joe Root uses the popular New Balance TC 1260 collection.
Universe Boss, Chris Gayle, is definitely T20 cricket's most dangerous batsman. His illustrious CV is a testimony to that. The prolific run scorer has played across several T20 leagues in about 7 nations; which is why Spartan Sports shells out Rs. 3 cr a year on the towering West Indian. Steal of a deal on one of the biggest entertainers in the sport.