The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is the richest board in world cricket and it runs the most successful and expensive domestic T20 league in the world, which is the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Since, the BCCI has made the league private, which means that the franchises or teams are privately owned and not by the BCCI, it allows the franchises a heavy purse limit for completing their squad which in turn benefits the cricketers, especially the marquee players, to earn a lot of money.
Some players have been playing in the league since its first season and have earned a lot of money till now if we look at the bigger picture. Let’s have a look at the top-5 Overseas players who have earned the most from the salary of the IPL.
1. Sunil Narine (West Indies)
This West Indian all-rounder is the only West Indian cricketer who has earned more than INR 100 crores from the IPL. He currently gets a salary of INR 6 crores per season where he plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise. His total net worth from IPL salary is INR 1,07,24,78,000 (more than INR 107 crores) after adding the salary for the upcoming 2023 season. He is the richest overseas player in the IPL if we talk about earnings from IPL salary only.
2. AB De Villiers (South Africa)
Popularly known as Mr. 360, Ab-de-Villiers is an ex-IPL cricketer who announced his retirement from the IPL before the 2022 season. He played for Royal Challengers Bangalore for the most part of his IPL career and was a very important player in their setup. His total worth from the IPL is INR 1,02,51,65,000 (more than INR 102 crores). He received a salary of INR 11 crores per season from RCB till 2021. He was also the first overseas player to cross the 100-crore salary mark in the IPL.
3. Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
Maxwell has always gone for big bucks whenever he has come into the IPL Auction. He currently receives a salary of INR 11 crores per season from the RCB franchise. He is a very important cricketer for them who joined their ranks in the 2021 mega auction. His current salary worth from the IPL is INR 85,42,75,400 (more than INR 85 crores).
4. David Warner (Australia)
Another Australian cricketer who has earned big bucks from the IPL is the left-handed explosive opener, David Warner. He currently plays for the Delhi Capitals franchise in the IPL and receives INR 6.25 crores as an annual salary. Though he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad for most of the years, he joined the Delhi camp in 2021 and has never left since. His total salary from the IPL is INR 83,50,17,300 (more than INR 83 crores). He can also cross the 100-crore salary mark if he keeps on playing for 3-4 more years.
5. Ben Stokes (England)
The only England cricketer in this list is probably the best all-rounder in the world currently, Ben Stokes. He has not played much in the Indian Premier League but has always managed to earn the big money. He was sold in the auction for a whopping INR 16.25 crores to Chennai Super Kings a few weeks ago. His total net worth from IPL salary is INR 80,75,00,000 (more than INR 80 crores) after adding his salary for the 2023 season. He has achieved this figure in a very quick time and has always proved his worth.