Highest-paid players in IPL history: All-Time top 10 list

Updated on: Nov 17, 2022 12:05 pm IST

Highest-paid players in IPL history: All-Time top 10 list

The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League is approaching. IPL 2023 is slated to start in March next year. The IPL auction is likely to be held in 23 December 2022.

Here is the top 10 highest salaries a player has received in a single IPL season. 

Player Team Salary Year
1. Virat Kohli RCB 17 Cr.  2018
2. K.L Rahul LSG 17 Cr.  2022
3. Chris Morris RR 16.25Cr.  2021
4. Yuvraj Singh DD 16 Cr.  2015
5. Rohit Sharma MI  16 Cr.  2022
6. Rishabh Pant  DC 16 Cr.  2022
7. Ravindra Jadeja  CSK 16 Cr.  2022
8. Pat Cummins KKR 15.5 Cr. 2020
9. Ishan Kishan MI 15.25 Cr. 2022
10. Rashid Khan  GT 15 Cr. 2022

1. Virat Kohli – INR 17 Crore – Royal Challengers Bangalore

From 2018 to 2021, the former Royal Challengers Bangalore captain received a staggering INR 17 crore in salary, making him the first player to reach this threshold. In 2022, this amount decreased to INR 15 crore.

2. KL Rahul – INR 17 Crore – Lucknow Super Giants

KL Rahul, who is currently the most expensive player in the Indian Premier League, was selected by the Lucknow Super Giants for a staggering INR 17 crore. Prior to this, Rahul completed four seasons with Punjab Kings and amassed 590+ runs, making him a very desirable possibility prior to the super auction.

3. Chris Morris – INR 16.25 Crore – Rajasthan Royals

The most expensive auction acquisition in IPL history was Chris Morris. The Rajasthan Royals selected the South African all-rounder in the 2021 mini-auction for a staggering INR 16.25 crore, making him one of the highest-paid cricketers in history.

4. Yuvraj Singh – INR 16 Crore – Delhi Daredevils

Morris was the most expensive auction purchase made during this tournament before Yuvraj Singh. Delhi Daredevils made a major effort to secure the player’s services in 2015 and paid a record-breaking INR 16 crore for him.

5. Rohit Sharma – INR 16 Crore – Mumbai Indians

Prior to 2022, Rohit Sharma had guided Mumbai Indians to two IPL championships, thus it was clear that he would soon receive a significant wage raise, which he deservedly deserved. Mumbai Indians increased his pay from INR 15 crore to INR 16 crore for the 2022 season.

6. Rishabh Pant – INR 16 crore – Delhi Capitals

Delhi Capitals made the decision to spend a significant amount of money on Rishabh Pant in the hopes that he could guide them to success in the future after seeing him captain the team last season. He was requested to skipper the team for a fantastic INR 16 crore when he was re-signed for the 2022 competition.

7. Ravindra Jadeja – INR 16 crore – Chennai Super Kings

Jadeja, one of the best all-rounders in the world, set a record for Chennai Super Kings’ highest player cost for the 2022 season. A few days before the tournament started, the franchise decided to keep the southpaw for INR 16 crore, and he was also made captain.

8. Pat Cummins – INR 15.5 crore – Kolkata Knight Riders

Pat Cummins, an Australian Test cricketer who has achieved great success, signed a lucrative contract with Kolkata Knight Riders for the 2020 season. The Australian all-rounder joined them for a hefty INR 15.5 crore and played for them for two seasons.

9. Ishan Kishan – 15.25 Crore –  Mumbai Indians:

It was clear going into the 2022 mega auction that Ishan Kishan would be one of the most expensive acquisitions. He did not let anyone down, and after a struggle between several franchises, Mumbai won the bid for the Jharkhand opener at INR 15.25 crore.

10. Rashid Khan – INR 15 crore – Gujarat Titans

Rashid Khan was selected by the Gujarat Titans for the 2022 season after leaving the Sunrisers Hyderabad. With 19 wickets and appearances in all 16 games, the Afghanistan leg spinner was instrumental in the team’s victory over India and Hardik Pandya.

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