137 crore and counting MS Dhoni emerges as highest paid player in IPL’s history

137 crore and counting: MS Dhoni emerges as highest-paid player in IPL's history; Rohit Sharma ahead of Kohli

Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni has emerged as the highest-paid player in the history of IPL. He has earned over Rs 137 crore in the T20 League.

Key Highlights
* MS Dhoni has emerged as the highest-paid player in the history of the Indian Premier League
* The Chennai Super Kings captain has earned over Rs 137 crore from the league
* He is followed by Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli on the list
One of the highest-paid players in the history of cricket throughout his international and IPL career, MS Dhoni remains a top draw. He mostly remained in the top bracket in BCCI’s central contract list and is still the first name on the team sheet when it comes to IPL.
In less than a year after leading Team India to a title victory in the inaugural T20 World Cup, Dhoni emerged as the costliest pick in the IPL 2008 auction and joined Chennai Super Kings for USD 1.5 Million. Now, even uncapped players have earned more amount than this but back then, that price was something that no one had imagined.

With a title victory in 2010 and an IPL final in 2008, Dhoni became the marquee captain in first three seasons of IPL. Courtesy his success, his popularity grew leaps and bounds and he is now the highest-paid player in the history of the league.

With an income of over Rs 137 crore from the T20 league, Dhoni has emerged as the highest-paid player in IPL. As per Inside Sports Money Ball, the Chennai Super Kings captain has earned over Rs 137 crore by playing IPL. This doesn’t include the cash prize and other rewards – like Player of the Match awards, etc. 

As per the report, Dhoni continued to earn the same amount in IPL 2009 and 2010 that he earned in IPL 2008. From IPL 2011 to 2013, he earned nearly Rs 8.2 crore every year. In 2014, the BCCI raised the first-choice retention fees to 12.5 crore. Hence, Dhoni earned that amount in IPL 2014 and 2015. At Rising Pune Supergiant as well, he earned the same amount for the next two years.

Ahead of IPL 2018, the BCCI increased the first-choice retention price to Rs 15 crore. Hence, Dhoni has earned Rs 45 crore in the past three seasons. In total, he has earned over Rs 137 crore. And as stated, this does not include the prize money and other cash rewards.

Rohit Sharma ahead of Virat Kohli
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma follows Dhoni on the list. He earned Rs 3 crore every year during his time at Deccan Chargers – from 2008 to 2010. From 2011 to 2013, he earned Rs 9.2 crore at Mumbai Indians every year. Since he was the captain, Rohit became the first-choice retention player in IPL 2014. He has been matching Dhoni’s amount every year since then. In total, he has earned over Rs 131 crore.

The highest-paid player in a single IPL season, Virat Kohli comes next with an income of over Rs 126 crore. The reason behind him sitting at third spot is his price in the first three seasons. Back in 2008, Kohli was uncapped and was picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rs 12 lakhs. He received the same amount in IPL 2009 and 2010.

The only player that RCB retained in IPL 2011, Kohli earned Rs 8.2 crore from 2011 to 2013 every year. In 2014, he also joined the top bracket and received Rs 12.5 crore for the next four seasons. Come IPL 2018, Kohli shattered all past records by drawing a cheque of Rs 17 crore – Rs 2 crore more than the highest retention price. He has been receiving that price since 2018 and has earned Rs 51 crore in past three seasons.

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