IPL 2021: Who are the highest-paid IPL players?


Modified Sep 12, 2021 11:46 PM IST

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The Indian Premier League will start again on 19 September and the Mumbai Indians will be looking to defend the title they won last year. The defending champions only have three players in the top 10 highest-paid players in the league, with a variety of clubs making the list and shelling out to make sure they have the best stars.

£1.6m per year is the highest wage in the list, which is almost £100,000 more than the player in second place, so the league is highly lucrative and can thus attract players from across the world. Here are all the figures you need to know, approximate and as reported by Salary Sport.

7: Manesh Pandey, Sunrisers Hyderabad РSuresh Raina, Chennai Super Kings РHardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians РAB de Villiers, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Lokesh Rahul, Punjab Kings Р£1,078,000 per year

Credits: InsideSports

It seems just over a million per year is a sweet spot in the IPL with five players sharing the amount they are paid at joint seventh in the list.

All five are huge stars, particularly South Africa’s AB de Villiers who has been involved with the league since it started in 2008.

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6: David Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Sunil Narine, Kolkata Knight Riders Р£1,225,000 per year

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David Warner began his time at Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014 and he has played for them ever since, apart from the 2018 season due to the ball-tampering scandal.

This season he was replaced as captain by Kane Williamson.

While Sunil Narine has starred for the Kolkata Knight Riders since 2012 and has won two titles with them.

5: Glenn Maxwell, Royal Challengers Bangalore Р£1,396,500 per year

Credits: TimesNow

India international Krunal Pandya has played for the Mumbai Indians since 2016 and he’s won three IPL trophies with the club.

So far in the 2021 IPL, his behavior has caught the spotlight more than his cricket with his passion overflowing. He was seen throwing a moisturizer bottle at Anukul Roy during a match against the Rajasthan Royals.

Glenn Maxwell was at the center of a bidding war ahead of the 2021 season with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings battling to buy him.

The Challengers won out and it’s clear to see why they fought for him as he has had an impressive IPL career since he started in the league in 2012.

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4: MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings РRohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians, and Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals Р£1,470,000 per year

Credits: Times of India

The big names in the league are starting to become more frequent as we get higher on this list.

MS Dhoni has played for the Chennai Super Kings since 2008, Rohit Sharma made his debut for the Mumbai Indians in 2011 and Rishabh Pant started his time at the Delhi Capitals in 2016.

3: Pat Cummins, Kolkata Knight Riders Р£1,519,000 per year

Credits: DNA India

Pat Cummins was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2020 which made him one of the most expensive overseas players in the league’s history.

He has since starred for them, making appearances in the league earlier this year before it was suspended due to Covid.

2: Chris Morris, Rajasthan Royals Р£1,592,500 per year

Credits: The Times Of India

Chris Morris has played for many clubs in the IPL and started his second spell at the Rajasthan Royals in 2021.

He became one of the most expensive players ever when the club bought him for £138.77m (16.25 crore) earlier this year which explains his high wages.

1: Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore Р£1,666,000

Credits: The Hans India

India’s captain Virat Kohli tops the list for the IPL’s highest-paid player and it’s fair to see why with his multitude of skills on the cricket pitch.

He has played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2008 but is yet to win the title with them, losing three finals.