Meet India’s richest cricketer, earns more than Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni
Aryaman Birla, son of Kumar Mangalam Birla who owns the Aditya Birla group, is making his way in the world of cricket.
It is a well-known fact that Cricket is the most popular sport in the country and some Indian cricketers are religiously celebrated in India. With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) being the richest cricket boards across the globe, it is no surprise, deservedly so, that the wealth is equally passed down to the Indian Cricketers who earn millions annually from the cash-rich board. In addition to their contracts with the BCCI, there are also IPL contracts, endorsements, and business deals. If we talk about some of the richest cricketers in India, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni or Rohit Sharma would probably come to your mind. However, there is a new entrant to this list.
Aryaman Birla, son of billionaire industrialists Kumar Mangalam Birla, is making his way in the world of cricket. The 23-year-old budding cricketer is also next-in-line to take over his father’s Rs 70 thousand crore Aditya Birla Group, making him the richest cricketer in the country.
It is quite fair to assume that Birla would want to learn the ropes of the business in his luxurious life. But the 23-year-old is more inclined towards playing cricket and loves to sweat it out on the cricket field.
Aryaman Birla, who was born in Mumbai, plays for the Madhya Pradesh Ranji team and made his first-class debut against Odisha in 2017. He was 17-years old when he decided to leave Mumbai because of the cut-throat competition in the Mumbai cricketing circles. He trained for four years in the junior circuit in Madhya Pradesh and made a century against Bengal in only his third first-class match.
“When I first came to MP, I was known more by my last name. I kept hearing 'Birla's son, Birla's grandson.' But through my performances, I changed perceptions, they started seeing me differently,” Birla told ESPN Cricinfo in 2018.
Due to his performances in the domestic circuit, the left-handed batsman was picked up by Rajasthan Royals in 2018 who signed him for Rs 30 lakh.
However, he is currently on a break from cricket as he is reportedly suffering from anxiety and focusing on his mental health.