The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) debut has been a huge windfall for the BCCI and sportsmen. By successfully hosting 14 editions of the event, the board has amassed millions of dollars, while the participants have also profited handsomely. The league has benefited international players as well. Ben Stokes, Chris Morris, and others have amassed large sums of money through playing in the league.
The Indian Premier League’s top earners are Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and MS Dhoni (IPL). Prior to the IPL 2018 mega-auction, all three players were retained by their respective teams, and they are expected to finish their careers with the same squad. Kohli leads Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Dhoni captains Chennai Super Kings.
Kohli is the only player to have represented one franchise in every season of the IPL. Since 2013, Rohit, Team India’s white-ball vice-captain, has led Mumbai Indians.
Virat Kohli – Rs 12 lakh
Kohli is the highest-paid player in the league’s history, with a salary of Rs 17 crore. The Delhi Capitals had the opportunity of signing Kohli in 2008, but they declined. Kohli was chosen by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and was handed a contract for Rs 12 lakh. Kohli was trusted by the RCB’s management.
He struggled in the league’s early seasons, but the franchise stuck with him since Kohli was the only player they kept ahead of the IPL 2011 auction. He was named full-time captain in 2013 and is both the franchise’s and Indian cricket’s public face.
Rohit Sharma – Rs 3 crore
Unlike Kohli, Rohit was already a capped player before the auction began, and he was seen as the next big thing. In the IPL 2008 auction, Rohit emerged as one of the top choices and signed with the Deccan Chargers for Rs 3 crore. In IPL 2008, he lived up to the hype, scoring 404 runs in 13 matches.
In IPL 2009, he struggled, but he still managed to take 11 wickets to establish his value. Rohit was a high choice in the IPL 2011 auction, joining Mumbai Indians for $2 million (9.2 crores approx.). He was chosen full-time captain of the club in 2013 and has since guided them to four IPL victories. Rohit, who has led MI to five IPL championships, is now paid Rs 15 crore.