Women’s Cricket has grown rapidly over the last two years as the excitement and the entertainment that women cricketers bring with the brand of cricket has been on display. BCCI has taken a huge step towards the growth of Women’s cricket by passing the bill of equal pay for both men and women’s cricketers. The introduction of women’s IPL for the first time brings in a lot of money. Lets have a look at the Top 5 Highest Paid women cricketers in India.
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#1 Harmanpreet Kaur
Indian Women’s team captain Harmanpreet Kaur is at the top of the list as the highest paid women’s cricketer in India. She plays for Punjab in the domestic circuit. Harmanpreet kaur has played 79 T20Is, 72 ODIs, and 4 Test matches.
Kaur has scored over 1600 runs in T20Is and 5 centuries in ODIs, with an impressive batting average of 37.91 in the 50-over format. She has also taken 38 wickets in T20Is and 9 wickets in ODIs. She reportedly earns Rs.50 lakhs per annum and endorses big brands like Oppo, Reebok, and Oakley. Kaur also plays for the Melbourne Renegades in the Women’s BBL and was part of the hundred tournament.
#2 Smriti Mandhana
The vice captain of Indian cricket team Smriti Mandhana has made her mark in international cricket with her sheer class batting style and is among the top run scorers in international cricket in 2022. She has 1628 runs in 50 ODIs, with an average of 33.2 and 3 centuries and 8 half centuries. In T20Is, she has 1011 runs in 59 matches with an average of 37.7 and 7 half-centuries. She was signed by companies like Red Label, CEAT Tyres, JIO, and Valvoline, to name a few.
The total income she earns through these endorsement deals and her salary from BCCI is estimated to be around 50 Lakh per year. Apart from this, she has also been given the Padma Shri award this year. She ranks 2nd at the Top 5 Highest-Paid Women Cricketers list.
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#3 Mithali Raj
Former Indian captain Mithali Raj has etched her name in record books as the first women to score 6000 runs in ODI cricket is one of the all time greats in women’s cricket. She recently announced her retirement from International cricket after a long 18 years career.
Mithali Raj has scored 6,622 runs from 214 ODIs and 10,152 runs from 89 Test matches. In terms of earnings, she was reported to have earned Rs 30 Lakhs through her BCI Salary, making her the highest-paid female cricketer in India.
She has been signed by many big brands like Reebok, Puma, GoDaddy, and BPCL. She received numerous awards, including Arjuna Award in 2003 and Padma Shri in 2015 and is at the 3rd position in the Top 5 Highest-Paid Women Cricketers list.
#4 Poonam Raut
Poonam Raut has not been part of the Indian team in the recent past but was a key plyer in India reaching finals in the 2018 women’s world cup. Raut who is 29 years old has made her mark in the Indian team. Poonam has scored over 1000 runs in international and over 5500 runs in domestic cricket. She earns around Rs 7 crore per annum. She has signed several lucrative endorsements deals with big brands such as Vodafone, HUL, and Adidas. Her total net worth is estimated to be around Rs 14 lakhs.
#5 Deepti Sharma
She is 23 years old and plays for the Indian women’s cricket team. Deepti has established herself as an impressive player for India in both ODI and T20 formats. Her average score across all formats stands at an impressive 39.97 runs per innings.
She earns 50 lakhs per annum as alary from the BCCI. Deepthi Sharma also earns numerous endorsements from well-known brands such as Reebok, Bata, and Hero MotoCorp. She has also been featured in many advertisements promoting her sponsors’ products.
Read More: BCCI announces equal pay for men and women cricketers.