Players who are a part of the IPL 100-crore club. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the richest cricketing league in the world. Participating in this cash-rich tournament fills up the coffers of every stakeholder involved. Be it, players, be it franchise owners, media publications, digital and satellite owners. Every value chain is taken care of thanks to the IPL.
The IPL has allowed players to take cricket seriously. Many budding professionals are now looking at cricket as a career option. There is a lot of wealth to be generated provided you are the best in the business.
Team owners often take care of their fine-performing players in the best possible way. They reward them with lucrative contracts, advertisement deals, homestays, and properties. The icon players in each team are often rewarded with the best salary fee. They are retained at the mega auctions at exorbitant prices. This helps certain players build enormous wealth for themselves.
A player to miss out from the 100 crore IPL club:
AB de Villiers started his IPL career in 2008. He is the only foreign player to have come close to joining the 100 crore IPL club. The Delhi Daredevils had bought him for INR 1.2 crores in the auction. He kept receiving the same paycheque up until 2010. In 2011, RCB bought ABD for INR 5.04 crores. This remained his salary for the next three seasons.
In 2014, RCB retained ABD for a whopping INR 7.5 crores. He kept drawing this salary up until 2017. RCB again retained ABD in 2018 and since then his salary has been INR 11 crores per season. His total cumulative IPL salary earnings in INR 92.72 crores. Hence ABD narrowly misses out from the list.
StumpsandBails look at 4 players who are part of an exclusive 100 crore IPL club:
#4 Suresh Raina (INR 107.80 crores)
Players who are a part of the IPL 100-crore club. Suresh Raina has been CSK’s best batsman over the years. CSK bought Raina for INR 2.6 crores in the first-ever auction. He kept receiving the same paycheque up until 2010. In 2011, CSK retained Raina for INR 6 crores. This remained his salary for the next three seasons. In 2014, CSK retained Raina for a whopping INR 9.5 crores. He kept drawing this salary up until 2017. CSK again retained Raina in 2018 and since then his salary has been INR 11 crores per season. His total cumulative IPL salary earnings in INR 107.80 crores.
#3 Virat Kohli (INR 142.96 crores)
RCB picked Virat Kohli in 2008 when he was an uncapped player. His salary was INR 12 lakhs back then. Kohli earned the same amount in the first three seasons of the Indian Premier League. In IPL 2011, Virat was the only player to be retained by RCB and he earned INR 8.2 crore from IPL 2011 to 2013 every year. In 2014, RCB retained Kohli as the first choice player for INR 12.5 crore. He kept receiving the same paycheque for the next four seasons.
In IPL 2018, Virat Kohli broke all the records. He was retained for a whopping INR 17 crores. It was 2 crores more than the highest retention price. Kohli’s cumulative earnings in the IPL is a massive INR 142.96 crores.
#2 Rohit Sharma (INR 146.60 crores)
Deccan Chargers acquired Rohit Sharma in 2008 for INR 3 crores. He kept receiving the same fees every year during his time at Deccan Chargers from the period 2008 to 2010. MI acquired Sharma in IPL 2011 for INR 9.2 crores. This was his salary cap for the next 3 seasons up until 2013.
Sharma was MI’s first choice retention in 2014 and he was paid INR 12.5 crores. It was his salary for the next 4 seasons up until 2017. In 2018, MI retained Sharma for a whopping INR 15 crores. Rohit Sharma’s cumulative IPL earnings is a massive INR 146.60 crores.
#1 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (INR 152.72 crores)
MS Dhoni was IPL’s most expensive player in the inaugural auctions. CSK had bought Dhoni for INR 6 crores. Dhoni kept receiving the same salary until 2010. CSK retained Dhoni in 2011 for 3 more seasons at INR 8.24 crores. Dhoni was CSK’s first choice retention in 2014 and he was retained for INR 12.50 crores. He kept receiving the same paycheque up until 2017.
CSK again retained Dhoni in IPL 2018 for a whopping INR 15 crores. Dhoni has been receiving this salary for the last 4 seasons. MS Dhoni’s cumulative IPL earnings over the course of IPL is a mammoth INR 152.72 crores. He is the only cricketer to have breached the INR 1.5 billion mark in IPL.