10 Cricketers With Highest Earnings From IPL: Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the toughest franchise league tournaments globally. IPL is also a platform where talent meets with opportunities and gets paid handsomely. Players like Thangarasu Natarajan, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Pandya Brothers, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and many others have seen their lives change once they get into this cash-rich event.
IPL was launched in 2008 by BCCI’s then Vice President, Lalit Modi, who made a significant impact on the cricketing world. After IPL’s initial success, the cash-rich tournament is now in its 15th edition.
The former Indian cricketer and current skipper of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was bought for an impressive amount of ₹6 crore in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League. He got the same amount for the next three years (2008-2010). From 2011 to 2013, Dhoni got a hike of ₹2.2 crore for the next three years (₹8.2 crores from 2011 to 2013). From 2014 to 2017, Dhoni got paid ₹12.5 crore for a four-year stint which he played for two different franchises (Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiants).
Since CSK’s comeback in 2018, Dhoni got retained as a first-choice player for a whopping amount of ₹15 crore till the year 2021. In the 2022 edition, CSK retained Dhoni as a second player who took a hit to his price as compared to 2021. In 2022 he was retained for ₹12 crore. Dhoni has earned a gigantic sum of over ₹152 crore in the last 14 seasons of the Indian Premier League.
India’s white-ball captain is placed second in the list of high grossing players in the IPL. Sharma started his IPL career for Deccan Chargers (now replaced by SRH). Chargers bought Sharma in 2008 for ₹3 crore. From 2008 to 2010, he received the same amount for three years. In 2011 Chargers released Sharma. Mumbai Indians offered a hefty sum to Sharma as they bought him for ₹9.2 crore (since then, most valued player in terms of bid for MI).
From 2014 to 2017, he also got a hike of ₹3.3 crore (12.5 crore from 2014 to 2017); from 2018 to 2021, he received a jump of ₹2.5 crore (15 crore from 2018 to 2021). In the 2022 edition, MI retained him as a first-choice player for ₹16 crore. Sharma has earned a massive sum of over ₹146 crore in the last 14 seasons of the Indian Premier League.
The former Indian captain (all formats), Virat Kohli, made an IPL debut in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League in 2008. Since the inaugural edition, Kohli has been the only player to represent a single franchise, RCB across all 14 seasons. Kohli is third on our list of highest earners in IPL. RCB bought him for ₹12 Lakh in the inaugural season of the IPL, which continued till 2010. From 2011 to 2013, he got a severe hike of ₹8.3 crore. From 2014 to 2022, he was the first-choice retention player for RCB, which helped him bump up his salary throughout the 2021 season.
From 2014 to 2017, he earned ₹12.5 crore for four years, and from 2018 to 2021, he was the most valued player in the history of the IPL for ₹17 crore. In 2022, the amount stood at ₹15 crore. Kohli has earned over ₹143 crore in the last 14 seasons of the Indian Premier League.
The former Indian cricketer, also regarded as Mr. IPL, was bought by CSK in 2008 for ₹2.6 crore, which continued for the next three seasons (2008-2010). After winning the first IPL title in 2010, Raina got his first hike of ₹3.3 crore (from 2011 to 2013, he received an amount of ₹5.9 crore). From 2014 to 2017, he played for two different franchises (CSK and GL) till 2016.
Raina received a sum of ₹9.5 crore for three seasons and, in 2017, a sum of ₹12.5 crore. Since the readmission of CSK in 2018, Raina got retained as a second-choice player ₹11 crore till 2021. Raina has earned over ₹110 crore in the last 14 seasons of the Indian Premier League.
The former South African legend AB de Villiers made his IPL debut in 2008 with Delhi Daredevils (currently Known as Delhi Capitals). DD bought him for ₹1.2 crore and he lasted for three seasons with the franchise for ₹3.9 crore till 2010. In 2011, RCB bought him for ₹5 crore, and until 2021, he became the second-choice player for the franchise along with Virat Kohli.
From 2011 to 2021, RCB paid him a sum of ₹99 crore. Ab de Villiers has earned over ₹103 crore in the last 14 seasons of the Indian Premier League.
The mystery spinner Sunil Narine is sixth on the list. Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for ₹3.5 crore in 2012, and in 2013, for ₹3.7 crore. Narine has greatly benefitted from his performance and eventually helped KKR clinch the titles in 2012 and 2014.
From 2014 to 2021, he was the second player to be retained for KKR, and has earned ₹9.5 crore for the four seasons played. And from 2018 to 2021 he made ₹12.5 crore from the league. In 2022, the price slipped to ₹6 crore as he was retained as a fourth-choice player. Narine has earned over ₹95 crore in the last 10 seasons of the Indian Premier League.
Former Indian batsmen Gautam Gambhir played for Delhi Daredevils (Delhi Capitals) and Kolkata Knight Riders. Delhi bought him for ₹2.9 crore in the 2008 season in which he represented Daredevils till 2010 with the same amount. KKR then bought him for a sum of ₹11 crore in the 2011 auction and the player represented KKR till 2017.
With his brilliant captaincy skills, he won the IPL title twice (2012 and 2014). From 2011 to 2013, he earned over ₹33 crore. From 2014 to 2017, Gambhir raked in a sum of ₹12.5 crore. In 2018, he went back to DD for one season and was bought at a much lower price of ₹2.8 crore. Till 2018, Gambhir earned over ₹94 crore in the IPL.
Indian superstar all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja made his debut for Rajasthan Royals (RR). RR bought him for ₹12 Lakh in the 2008 season and retained him for the same amount in 2009. In 2010, he got banned by the BCCI for approaching other franchises for a higher salary. In 2011, Jadeja came back with a new franchise named Kochi Tuskers Kerala for ₹4.3 crore. From 2012 to 2017, Jadeja represented two different franchises (CSK and GL). CSK bought him for ₹9.2 crore in 2012 and retained him for 2013 for the same amount.
From 2014 to 2016, both CSK and GL acquired him as a fourth choice retention player for ₹5.5 crore, and in 2017, GL retained him for a sum of ₹9.5 crore. Since the readmission by CSK in 2018, Jadeja was retained as a third-choice player for ₹7 crore (a lower price) until 2021. In 2022, CSK retained Jadeja as their first-choice player with a whopping amount of ₹16 crore. In all, Jadeja earned over ₹93 crore from IPL to date.
Indian former and all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has represented six different franchises in his IPL career. Kings XI Punjab (currently known as Punjab Kings) bought him for ₹4.25 crore in 2008; he lasted till 2010 for Kings XI. The second franchise he represented was Pune Warriors India (PWI). PWI bought him for three years at ₹8.3 crore (from 2011 to 2013). He represented both RCB and DD one season each in 2014 and 2015. RCB bought him for ₹14 crore, and DD bought him for ₹16 crore. In 2016, SRH bought him for ₹7 crores and retained Singh for the following seasons.
In 2018, Singh made a comeback with Kings XI. They bought him for ₹2 crore, and in 2019, he played for MI, who paid him ₹1 crore. Till 2019, Singh has earned over ₹84 crore from IPL.
The current Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan made his debut with Delhi Daredevils in 2008. They bought him for ₹12 Lakh. Dhawan got transferred to MI for two seasons for the same amount. From 2011 to 2018, Dhawan represented both the Hyderabad franchises. He bagged an amount of ₹12.5 crore representing SRH.
In 2018, his price slipped to just ₹5.2 crore, and in 2019 he got transferred to DD for the same amount until 2021. In 2022, Punjab Kings bought him for ₹8.25 crore. Dhawan has earned over ₹83 crore from the IPL to date.
The mentioned players have proved to be legends in the IPL. While few are already playing this mega league and earning big bucks from this event, some have retired and are enjoying their second inning in the commentary box or playing a different league.
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