Indian Premier League is one of the biggest cricket league in the world. The league started in 2007 by BCCI and now is the biggest brand in world cricket. The players from all around the world come to India to play IPL. IPL has not only been a money machine for many, but IPL has contributed a lot towards Indian cricket. Until the 13th edition of IPL, many players have emerged as millionaires.
The 2021 IPL is scheduled to begin in April 2021. Before the kickoff, reports are that a mega auction will take place. This means we might see a reshuffling of all teams. So before the mega auction, let’s have a look at the list of highest-paid players in IPL history.
Highest Paid Players in IPL History
There are various cricket leagues around the world. From Australia’s BBL to Pakistan’s PSL, the whole calendar year is full of T20 cricket. But IPL is different from other leagues. Indian Premier League consists of all-star players from all around the world. The IPL has a special window in the ICC calendar where no other International cricket takes place. Due to this reason, all foreign and Indian players get time to participate in IPL.
Money plays another role in IPL. Deep pockets allowed by BCCI to the franchise allows the franchise to attract all the star players towards IPL. The combinations of the best organization along with attractive salary to all-star players help to deliver fantastic matches at the Indian Premier League. Let’s have a look at the highest-paid players in IPL history.
10. David Warner
One of the best openers in world cricket is Australia’s, David Warner. He has a fantastic record in the Indian Premier League. Under his captaincy, Sunrisers Hyderabad won the IPL 2016 edition. He is not only the best batsman but also a great captain who leads the team from the front. David Warner faced a ban in the year 2017. But Sunrisers Hyderabad trusted him and retained Warner for a huge sum of 12.5 crores. Even though he lost his captaincy that year, he ended up as an orange cap winner with 692 runs in 12 matches.
9. Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik has been part of various franchises over the years. Playing for different six franchises gained experience to the talented Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman. Currently, captain of Kolkata Knight Riders, Dinesh Karthik was bid heavily by Delhi Daredevils. In 2014, Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) got Karthik for whopping 12.5 crores.
8. Yuvraj Singh
How can the list be complete without the two-time world cup winner? Yes, Yuvraj Singh makes it to the eighth spot on the list. He also has a second spot to his name. With a huge sum of 14 crores, Royal Challengers Bangalore got Yuvraj to their squad in IPL 2014. But the deal proved to be a bad one for the RCB. Yuvraj was released right away in the very next season.
7. Ben Stokes
The allrounders play a crucial role in T20 cricket. Ben Stokes made his IPL debut with a fat cheque of 14.5 crores for Rising Pune Supergiants in 2017. The 2017 year also proved to be the best year for Rising Pune Supergiants where they finished runners up. Ben Stokes with his batting abilities along with bowling four-over quota, makes Ben Stokes worth the prize.
6. Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant made his IPL debut in 2016 for Delhi Daredevils. His performance in the IPL grabbed the attention of many which also helped him to earn a spot in the Indian cricket team. For his hitting abilities at the death, Delhi Capitals retained Rishabh Pant for 15 crores. For the last four years, Pant has been an important part of the Delhi side.
5. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma is the only person to have won the IPL trophy six times. Once he won with the Deccan Chargers and five times he has led Mumbai Indians to the championship. He became part of Mumbai Indians in the year 2011, and his worth has been growing year on year basis. Rohit is one of the three players to have crossed ₹100 crores in all-time players’ earnings. Rohit Sharma bagged around 15 crores in IPL 2020 which makes him 5th highest player in the all-time list.
4. MS Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings made the headline during the inaugural season when they picked MSD for the massive highest package in the year 2008. MS Dhoni was the highest-paid cricketer in 2008. Since then, CSK has retained its captain for all seasons. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also one of the three players who have over ₹100 crore earnings from IPL salaries. In 2020, CSK paid around 15 crores which includes MSD into the list.
3. Pat Cummins
They say that T20 is the batsman’s game. Well, Kolkata Knight Riders differ with these thoughts. KKR bought Pat Cummins for a massive 15.5 crores in IPL 2020 making him the most expensive overseas player in IPL history. Cummins broke the record set by Ben Stokes.
2. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh has an interesting record. Yuvraj Singh is the only player to have signed record contracts for two different franchises. As we mentioned earlier, RCB bought Yuvi for massive 14 crores in 2014 but was released in the very next season due to poor performance. In 2015, Delhi Daredevils put their bets on Yuvraj with a massive signing of 16 crores making Yuvraj the highest-paid cricketer at the IPL Auction ever.
1. Virat Kohli
With no surprise, Virat Kohli tops the list. The Indian and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli is the only player to have played all 13 seasons for one franchise. Virat Kohli has seen salary growth of 99.3% every year. Virat Kohli is one of the players to have surpassed ₹100 crores in IPL Salary. In 2020, Virat surpassed Yuvraj Singh to become the highest-paid cricketer in the IPL. With 17 crores, Virat tops the list of hefty payments.
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