Team India skipper Virat Kohli more than doubled his earnings of Rs 100.72 crore last year and has been declared the highest earning sportsperson in the country by Forbes India. Kohli accumulated a whopping sum of Rs 228.09 crore in 2018 and is only behind Bollywood star Salman Khan in the overall celebrity charts. The BCCI central contract, Royal Challengers Bangalore salary and advertising contracts are among the major contributors to Kohli’s earnings.
Sachin Tendulkar continues to be present in the top three despite retiring from cricket five years ago.
Manish Pandey and Jasprit Bumrah made it to the overall list for the first time in their careers. While Bumrah is 60th on the list of top-earning celebrities with earnings of Rs 16.42, Pandey stood 77th with Rs 13.08 crores in his pocket.
Hardik Pandya turned out to be a huge gainer on the list of sportspersons, as he bagged Rs 28.46 crores in 2018 as compared to Rs 3.04 crores last year.