The richest IPL cricketer
MS Dhoni already tops the charts with a salary of over Rs 137 crore. Next season, he will be the first player in the history of the league to cross Rs 150-crore mark. He became the costliest one in the maiden auction of IPL when he drew a salary of Rs 18 crore in the first three seasons. Then it went up to Rs 8.28 crore per year for the next three seasons after the BCCI increased the retention amount. In the two-year stint with Pune Supergiant, Dhoni got Rs 25 crore.
Ahead of IPL 2018 mega-auction, the Indian cricket once again increased the retention amount. This time Chennai Super Kings paid Rs 15 crore to their captain. He has earned Rs 45 crore since CSK’s comeback. Since there will be no mega-auction for IPL 2021, he will once again be paid Rs 15 crore for the season. However, these amounts mentioned here only include the salary amount of MS Dhoni.
Who are next?
Dhoni doesn’t only top the chart, he also holds a big lead over Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Rohit Sharma, the five-time IPL-winning captain, has so far earned over Rs 131 crore while Kohli has drawn a salary of over Rs 126 crore from Royal Challengers Bangalore. Rohit soon breaches the 146 crore-mark. He will need two more seasons to cross the 150-crore mark. Even for Kohli, two seasons will be enough to achieve the feat. Kohli will be paid Rs 17 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore this year and he will go beyond 143 crore-mark. Suresh Raina and AB de Villiers will also join an elite list. These two will breach the 100 crore-mark in IPL 2021.