10Rahul Dravid ~ US $23 million
Rahul Dravid, often hailed as “The Wall”, has earned his spot amongst the cricketing greats. During his illustrious 16 year (1996-2012) career, Dravid mainly played in the test and ODI formats ( he played just 1 international T20) of the game and even donned the hat of the captain of the Indian team. But his most distinctive performances have invariably been in the test cricket. He also played in the India Premiere League for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. Post retirement from the international cricket, he played in the 2012 IPL captaining the Rajasthan Royals. He also served as the mentor for Delhi Daredevils till the 2017 season. He has received the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards for his contributions to the sport by the Indian Government. He currently serves as the head coach for India’s U-19 and ‘A’ teams as well as the Overseas Batting Consultant for the Indian team. Along with all that on his plate, he is involved in mentoring future Olympians and Paralympians for India through his Athlete Mentorship programme.
Rahul’s reputation as one of the most dependable, ethical and humble cricketers of his time still garners the respect of cricket fans and defines the “Brand Dravid”. He has endorsed more than 14 brands throughout his career including Reebok, Kissan, Pepsi, Bank of Baroda, Castrol, Samsung, Gillette, Max life, Kingfisher and continues to be associated with quite a few. The “Jammy” campaign by Kissan featuring Dravid from the 90s still remains his most memorable one. More recently, he endorses brands like Bank of Baroda, Max Life and can be seen in the anti-tobacco advisories. Mumbai based finance firm InCred has recently roped him as its Brand Ambassador in Aug 2017. The qualities that he brings to the table like dependability, composure, simplicity while being stylish continue to be big draw for corporates and governments initiatives alike even at the age of 44.