The list, spearheaded by Salman Khan with Kohli right behind, has 21 sports personalities in total. The top ten in the nation obsessed with cricket is predominantly the willowers. PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are the lone exceptions.
Kohli at the top has registered more than 100% increase in his gross earnings over the last year. Sindhu in spite of a major decline in her gross annual revenue remains India’s leading female sports celebrity.
InsideSport.co brings to its readers the Top 10 sports personalities – eight cricketer and two badminton legends – from the list of Forbes Top 100 Indian celebrities 2018.
10. Saina Nehwal
The London Olympic Games’ bronze medallist had to settle at the 10th position for her gross annual earnings ₹16.54 crore – down from ₹31 crore a year ago.
9. Suresh Raina
The T20 behemoth in spite of his fluctuating fortunes with the bat and decline in his performance and market value has managed to hold a place in the top 10 chart, placed 9thfor his gross annual earnings of ₹16.96 crore.
8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has registered a more than 500% jump in his annual income of ₹2.53 crore a year ago. The seamer is placed 8thfor his annual revenues of ₹17.26 crore.
7. Ravichandran Ashwin
Ashwin occupies 7th position in the top sports personalities’ list for 2018 even as his The annual gross income has gone down to ₹18.9 crore from ₹34.67 crore a year ago.
6. Hardik Pandya
The all-rounder of India cricket team has shown 900% increase in his annual gross salary over the span of a year. Reaching ₹28.46 crore in 2018 from his gross revenues of ₹3.04 crore a year ago, Pandya positions himself 6thin the list.
5. Rohit Sharma
Rated the technically most correct batsman, Rohit Sharma gets the 5thposition for his annual. The top opener of India settled at 5th in the list as his annual revenue of ₹31.49 crore, marginal increase from ₹30.82 crore a year ago.
4. PV Sindhu
The badminton queen of India is placed 4th in the list even as her annual earnings go down to ₹36.5 crore from ₹57.25 a year ago.
3. Sachin Tendulkar
Master Blaster, once the highest earning sports star in the country and the first ₹100 crore sports celebrity, with a marginal decline in annual revenues– ₹80 crore as against ₹82.5 crore in 2017 – is placed 3rd in the list.
2. Mahender Singh Dhoni
Mahender Singh Dhoni like a vintage wine is showing a grand upscale in his commercial value, reaching ₹101.77 crore this year from his annual 2017 gross revenue of ₹68.75. He occupies the 5th position in the list behind Deepika Padukone (₹112.8 crore) but the captain cool acquired a 2nd place in the top sports personalities list.
1. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli has registered more than 100% increase in his gross annual earnings over the previous year (2017), Kohli in the first position has been the best performer in terms of growth in annual earnings – reaching ₹228.09 crore in 2018 from his gross revenues of ₹100.72 crore a year ago.
KL Rahul (59th with ₹16.48 cr), Jaspreet Bumrah (60th with ₹16.42 cr), Shikhar Dhawan (62nd with ₹16.26 cr), Ravindra Jadeja (68th with 15.39 cr), Manish Pandey (77th with 13.8 cr), Ajinkaya Rahane (78th with 12.02 cr), Srikanth Kidmabi (87th with 10.5 cr), golfer Shubhankar Sharma (98th with ₹4.5 cr) and Rohan Bopanna (99th with 3.27 cr) are the other representations from sports in the Forbes Top 100 earning celebrities in India.