MS Dhoni made Rs 1,648,400,000 from IPL in the last 15 seasons, how much these other 4 Indian cricketers earned
MS Dhoni has drawn a salary of Rs 1,648,400,000 from 15 seasons of the IPL. The wicketkeeper-batsman joined CSK in 2008 as a marquee player and remained at the team’s helm till the 2021 season before relinquishing captaincy ahead of IPL 2022. Under his captaincy, CSK has won four IPL titles and has made the most appearances by any team in the playoffs (11) and the final (9). As a batsman, MSD is among the top 10 run-scorers in IPL history. He drew a salary of Rs 60,000,000 in each of the first three seasons of the tournament. For IPL 2022, Dhoni was retained for Rs 120,000,000, which is slightly lesser than the amount of Rs 150,000,000 he drew each season from 2018 to 2021.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) signed Virat Kohli for Rs 1,200,000 for the inaugural season and continued to pay him the same amount each season till 2010. From 2011 to 2013, Kohli drew a salary of Rs 82,800,000, before joining the crore club in 2014, when he earned Rs 125,000,000. For IPL 2022, Kohli has been paid Rs 150,000,000. In all, the run-machine has earned Rs 1,582,000,000 from all the seasons of the tournament. As a captain, Kohli was unable to lead RCB to a trophy. But as a batsman, he is currently the highest run-scorer in IPL history.
Five-time IPL-winning captain Rohit Sharma played his first three seasons for the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, who paid him Rs 9 crores for three years. The ‘hitman’ joined Mumbai Indians in 2011 for a sum of Rs 92,000,000, before getting an increment in 2014 (Rs 125,000,000) and 2018 (Rs 150,000,000). This was further increased to Rs 160,000,000 for IPL 2022. This makes his overall IPL earnings Rs 1,626,000,000. Since becoming the captain of Mumbai Indians in 2013, Rohit Sharma has led the side to five trophies. As a batsman, he is the third-highest run-scorer in IPL history behind Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.
KL Rahul was bought by RCB for Rs 1,000,000 in 2013. He played just one season for them before being released next year when Sunrisers Hyderabad bought him for Rs 10,000,000. After two seasons with the Sunrisers, KL Rahul was transferred back to RCB for Rs 10,000,000 in 2016. In 2018, the Punjab Kings signed the batsman for Rs 110,000,000 and paid him the same amount each season till 2021. Ahead of the mega auction in 2022, the wicketkeeper-batsman was roped in by the Lucknow Super Giants for a whopping Rs ₹ 170,000,000. In all, he has earned Rs 651,000,000 from nine IPL seasons. The opener has been among the best performers in the IPL over the last few years. In 2019, KL Rahul was the second-highest run-scorer with 593 runs. The next year in 2020, he won the Orange Cap for being the highest run-scorer with 670 runs. The great form continued in 2021 when he scored 626 runs to be the season’s third-highest run-getter.
After being bought by the Mumbai Indians in 2015, all-rounder Hardik Pandya played seven seasons for the Mukesh Ambani-owned franchise. He was paid Rs 1,000,000 for each of the first three seasons and Rs 110,000,000 for each of the next four seasons. For IPL 2022, Pandya was roped in by the Gujarat Titans for Rs 150,000,000. Together in eight seasons, he has earned Rs 593,000,000 from the cash-rich league. Pandya delivered quite a few match-winning performances for the Mumbai Indians and will be looking to do the same in a new jersey.