Top 10 Highest Paid Players in IPL History

Highest Paid Players in IPL

Highest Paid Players in IPL

The Indian Premier League is immensely popular in India and around the world as well. Millions of viewers keep track of the progress of the tournament every season. Thanks to them, IPL has been able to address the business side of the sport successfully.

Much of the money in the tournament comes from the sponsors. According to GroupM, an advertising media company, the Indian Premier League made an astronomical $1billion from sponsorship alone in 2017! The total value of the IPL brand is supposed to be$6.3bn, according to a report published by Duff & Phelps.

Highest Paid Player in IPL

The cricketers are the winner in the scenario, as they are paid mammoth salaries for their services by their individual franchises. The players sweating it out in the Indian Premier League have some of the biggest salaries in the world, but who earns the most? Read on to find out the highest-paid players in the Indian Premier League.

List of Highest Paid Players in IPL

#10. Chris Morris – Delhi Capitals

Highest Paid Player in IPL

The South African is a right-arm medium-fast bowler, who has the ability to bowl great Yorkers. He is also a handy player with the bat and can hit the ball out of the park with ease.

As a part of the Delhi team, the South African has been phenomenal as death over the bowler, where his Yorkers have troubled the opposition batsman. He has contributed with the bat too and has a strike rate of 163.51 in his IPL career.

Morris was retained at the start of this IPL and has a salary of $1,718,750 (£1.3m).

#9. AB de Villiers – Royal Challengers Bangalore

AB de villiers salary in ipl

One of the most dangerous batsmen in the world, AB de Villiers has been an integral part of the RCB since making the move in 2011. The swashbuckling batsman is known for his improvisation and is a master of the T20 format.

De Villiers has scored 4109 runs in IPL in total and has a strike rate of 151.45. His partnership with Virat with the bat has been record-breaking. The South African also has the ability to keep the wickets and is quite decent behind the stamps too.

He was one of the players retained by RCB ahead of the 2018 auctions and earns a salary of $1,718,750 (£1.3m).

#8. Steve Smith – Rajasthan Royals

Steve smith salary in ipl

The Australian has been through a lot in his life in the past year and will be hoping that the IPL will be the perfect distraction from the sufferings. Rajasthan Royals will also be hoping that the ex-Australia Skipper can get back to his lethal form.

Smith is a fantastic reader of the game and has a composed head on his shoulders. He likes to provide stability in the innings with his batting but can also hit big shots if required. The Australian is also phenomenal on the field and keeps the entire team on their toes.

Steve Smith had a decent start to this year’s IPL and is the 8th highest paid cricketer in the tournament with a salary of $1,953,130 (£1.48m).

#7. Sunil Narine – Kolkata Knight Riders

Highest Paid Player in IPL

The wily West Indian was once the most lethal bowler of the Indian Premier League. He single-handedly won KKR an IPL trophy in 2012, before repeating the feat in 2014. Narine has taken 113 wickets in the IPL and has an economy of 6.60. However, of late, the West Indian has added a phenomenal depth to his career with the bat too.

Narine has been devastating with the bat of late and has the power to accelerate the inning in a flash. It is not wondered now that he has a strike rate of 170.17 right now.

The West Indian is the highest earner in the KKR team and has a salary of $1,953,130 (£1.48m).

#6. David Warner – Sunrisers Hyderabad

david warner salary in ipl

The Australian power hitter is one of the biggest earners of the IPL and the biggest earner in his team. Warner missed the 2018 edition of the IPL due to a ban and as such, is coming off a tough year himself. However, his form seems intact and David Warner has continued from where he left. This season, he has already scored 279 runs from 5 games, which included a 100 not out as well!

Warner’s ability to hit the ball and get boundaries will make him a menace for every bowling attack in the tournament. The Australian has made 4293 runs so far in his IPL career and has a strike rate of 143.10. He earns a salary of $1,953,130 (£1.48m).

#5. Ben Stokes -Rajasthan Royals

ben stokes salary in ipl

The Englishman is another allrounder who has been fantastic in the Indian Premier League. He got off to a smashing start for Rising Pune Supergiants in his inaugural season, 2017. He was as lethal with the bat as he was with the ball.

However, he has not been as effective for Rajasthan Royals since making the move. Stokes has a strike rate of 135.17 and has taken 24 wickets from 30 games in his IPL career. He is the highest-paid player for Rajasthan and earns $1,953,130 (£1.48m).

#4. Rishabh Pant – Delhi Capitals

Rishabh pant salary in ipl

The youngster has broken through the ranks in the Indian Premier League and has gone from strength to strength over the years. Still only 21 years old, Rishabh Pant is in his 4th season in the tournament and had a fantastic time in 2018, where he scored 684 runs from 14 games.

This season, the wicketkeeping batsman has already given a great account of himself with a 78 not out from 27 balls against Mumbai Indians at Mumbai. He is the fourth highest-paid cricketer in the tournament and has a salary of $2,343,750 (£1.78m).

#3. Rohit Sharma – Mumbai Indians

rohit sharma salary in ipl

The Mumbai Indian Skipper is a classy batsman who adds charm to his cricketing skills. Rohit has been a regular feature in the Indian team and is also the most important player for his IPL side.

Rohit Sharma has scored 4611 runs altogether in the IPL and has a strike rate of 130.8 in the tournament. This season, he has scored 118 runs from 5 games so far. The Indian batsman earns a salary of $2,343,750 (£1.78m), which makes him the third highest-paid cricketer in the league.

#2. MS Dhoni – Chennai Super Kings

ms dhoni salary in ipl

MS Dhoni is a legend of the game and his inclusion in this list is expected. The former Indian Captain is also the skipper of the Chennai side and has led them to three IPL trophies so far. Dhoni is as good a batsman as he is a leader on the field and Chennai has been banking on him since the start of the tournament.

The Indian wicketkeeping batsman has scored a total of 4172 runs in the tournament and has a strike rate of 137.64. This season, Dhoni has scored 156 runs from 5 games so far. He has a salary of $2,343,750 (£1.78m).

#1. Virat Kohli – Royal Challengers Bangalore

virat kohli salary in ipl

Team India and Royal Challengers Bangalore Skipper Virat Kohli is the highest-paid cricketer of the Indian Premier League. Kohli is also the all-time record run-scorer in the tournament and has registered 5151 runs so far. He has a strike rate of 130.57 in the tournament.

This season, Kohli has already scored 203 runs from 6 games. Sadly, RCB has lost all 6 games so far. But Virat still earns a huge $2,656,250 (£2million) as salary.

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