Top 10 highest paid cricketers in IPL
While the Indian Premier League has created some amazingly talented players, it also gave players an opportunity to mint big. Be it Indian or foreign players, many have utilized the opportunity at its fullest. From Ben Stokes to Chris Morris all have been highly demanded during the auctions.
Speaking of the Indians players, national players like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and Rohit Sharma are among the highest-paid players.
Here we bring to you a list of the top 10 highest-paid players in an IPL season –
Virat Kohli is the highest-paid player in a single season of the Indian Premier League with a pay of 17 crores given the kind of value Kohli brings to the tournament. The Indian Skipper is also the only player to play for just one team in every IPL edition. He first withdrew the hefty amount in 2018 and has been earning the same figure since then. However, his pay is likely to rise next year as the BCCI usually increases the retention price ahead of the auctions.
The South African all-rounder, Chris Morris broke records in the auction when Rajasthan Royals bought him for a whopping amount of 16.25 crores this year. Every franchise was keen to avail his service hence chaos at the auction table was expected. Morris has been part of the Rajasthan franchise in past, previously; Morris was among the top picks and had joined the Bangalore franchise for 10 crore rupees.
One of the highest-paid players in the first 8 editions of IPL, Yuvraj Singh became one of the top picks in two consecutive IPL auctions. In 2014, he was roped in by RCB for 14 crore rupees. A year later, he once again drew a hefty amount as Delhi Capitals bought him for 16 crore rupees.
Yuvraj maintained the record of being the highest pick from 2015 to 2021. The record was shattered by South African Chris Morris. Yuvraj’s price took a downtrend in IPL 2016 when he joined Sunrisers Hyderabad for 7 crores.
Pat Cummins was the costliest pick of the IPL 2020 auction. He had joined the Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 15.5 crore. Cummins had become the 2nd costliest pick before he paved the way to the third spot in 2021. However, Cummins could not do justify the value as he only scalped 12 wickets and scored 146 runs in 14 matches. Despite the below-par performance, KKR retained Cummins for IPL 2021.
The living-legend MS Dhoni is no surprise to this list. Dhoni who leads The Chennai Super Kings franchise withdraws a hefty amount of rupees 15 crores every year since 2018. Dhoni has become the face of the Chennai franchise and looks like the streak shall be maintained for years to come.
Another cricketing maestro, Rohit Sharma, who leads the mighty Mumbai Indians, is paid 15 crores every year since 2015. Courtesy of his extraordinary talent, his winning habits, and being a match-winning skipper. Rohit Sharma is not only the most successful IPL skipper but has also helped his team win 5 IPL titles.
Kyle Jamieson made his IPL auction debut in style, as he joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise for a whopping amount of 15 crores. The New Zealand pacer is all praises for his super-speed and plays decently with the bat. He was an easy pick and demanded by many franchises. Previously, The Kiwi all-rounder, Jamieson has destroyed India’s batting line-up in red and white-ball matches during their tour in 2020. With a performance like that, he was given a mega-contract for his talent and efforts but has struggled to pick a pace and justify his value later.
The Delhi Capitals wicketkeeper-batsman proved his value in the finals of the Indian Premier League last year by scoring an attacking fifty. He is also a fruitful assent at the international level. Hence the franchise left no efforts unturned and have paid him a hefty amount of 15 crores
The Aussie all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell is a star throughout the cricketing world. He has been around since the start of IPL but failed to establish himself. However, with his recent performances, his IPL net worth has increased, and is now getting paid for a whopping 12 crore rupees.
The Australian pacer had an amazing beginning to his white-ball career in 2017 but was kept out of the 2019 world cup due to a nasty shoulder injury. Post his recovery, he topped the highest wicket taker’s charts in the Big Bash League and later hit the IPL jackpot where he was bought for 14 crores.
The Australian star has proved his mettle as a batsman and skipper at Sunrisers Hyderabad numerous times and has also helped the team win the 2016 IPL title. He is currently the longest surviving foreign skipper in the IPL and hence is paid handsomely for rupees 14 cores.