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Who is the highest-paid player in IPL?

Quite unsurprisingly, Royal Challengers Bangalore star Virat Kohli is the highest-paid player in IPL following his years of consistent exploits in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL is known for its attractiveness, and lucrative nature and it only keeps getting better with every passing season. 

The recently concluded media rights for the next five-year cycle of IPL (2023-2027) garnered a response which is unseen and unheard of in Indian sporting history. As it stands, in terms of pre-match value, IPL is second only to the National Football League (NFL) and has surpassed the English Premier League.

This extravagant growth has been incredibly beneficial for players as well, who are getting some outrageous contracts. Here’s a list of the highest-paid players in Indian Premier League history and some names here might come in as a surprise.

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

1Virat KohliRoyal Challengers Bangalore17 crore2018-2021
2KL RahulLucknow Super Giants17 crore2022
3Chris MorrisRajasthan Royals16.25 crore2021
4Yuvraj SinghDelhi Daredevils16 crore2015
5Rohit SharmaMumbai Indians16 crore 2022
6Rishabh PantDelhi Capitals16 crore2022
7Ravindra Jadeja Chennai Super Kings16 crore2022
8Pat Cummins Kolkata Knight Riders15.5 crore2020
9Ishan KishanMumbai Indians15.25 crore2022
10Rashid KhanGujarat Titans15 crore2022

Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore – INR 17 crore

The former Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper was being paid a whopping INR 17 crore starting from 2018 until 2021, which made him the first player to touch this mark. This figure changed in 2022, and dropped to INR 15 crore.

KL Rahul, Lucknow Super Giants – INR 17 crore

Currently the costliest player in the Indian Premier League, KL Rahul was drafted into the Lucknow Super Giants setup for a whopping INR 17 crore. Rahul had scored 590+ runs in the four seasons he spent with Punjab Kings before this, which made him a very hot prospect before heading into the mega auction.

Chris Morris, Rajasthan Royals – INR 16.25 crore

Chris Morris is the most expensive auction purchase in the history of IPL. In the 2021 mini auction, Rajasthan Royals decided to pay a whopping INR 16.25 crore for the South African all rounder, making him one of the highest paid players in cricket history.

Yuvraj Singh, Delhi Daredevils – INR 16 crore

Before Morris, Yuvraj Singh was the most expensive auction purchase of this tournament. In 2015, Delhi Daredevils went all-out for the player’s services and got him for a record-breaking INR 16 crore.

Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians – INR 16 crore

Having led Mumbai Indians to two IPL titles in the last three editions before 2022, it was evident that Rohit Sharma was about to get a massive pay hike, which he richly deserved. In the 2022 edition, Mumbai Indians hiked his salary from INR 15 crore to INR 16 crore.

Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals – INR 16 crore

Having seen him lead the side last season, Delhi Capitals decided to invest a huge amount of money on Rishabh Pant, expecting him to lead them to glory in future. He was retained for a stellar INR 16 crore for the 2022 edition and was asked to captain the side.

Ravindra Jadeja, Chennai Super Kings – INR 16 crore

Considered as one of the finest all-rounders in the world, Jadeja became Chennai Super Kings’ most expensive player for the 2022 edition. The southpaw was retained by the franchise for INR 16 crore and he also named captain a few days before the tournament began.

Pat Cummins, Kolkata Knight Riders – INR 15.5 crore

Pat Cummins, who has found tremendous success in Test cricket for Australia, attained big bucks for the 2020 edition from Kolkata Knight Riders. The Australian all rounder was picked up for a whopping INR 15.5 crore, and spent two seasons with them for that price.

Ishan Kishan, Mumbai Indians – INR 15.25 crore

Heading into the 2022 mega auction, it was evident that Ishan Kishan will be one of the costliest purchases. He did not disappoint, and after a tug-of-war between multiple franchises, the Jharkhand opener went for INR 15.25 crore, with Mumbai winning the bid.

Rashid Khan, Gujarat Titans – INR 15 crore

After parting ways with the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rashid Khan was drafted into the Gujarat Titans for the 2022 edition. The Afghanistan leg spinner played a crucial role in helping them win the title under the leadership of Hardik Pandya, picking up 19 wickets and featured in all the 16 games.

Highest-paid player in IPL 2022

1KL RahulLucknow Super Giants17 crore
2Rohit SharmaMumbai Indians16 crore 
3Rishabh PantDelhi Capitals16 crore
4Ravindra Jadeja Chennai Super Kings16 crore
5Ishan KishanMumbai Indians15.25 crore

KL Rahul, Lucknow Super Giants – INR 17 crore

Currently the highest paid player without anyone on par in Indian Premier League, KL Rahul topped the said charts in 2022. He had captained Punjab Kings for four season before this.

Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians – INR 16 crore

The most successful captain in Indian Premier League, it was about time the Mumbai franchise hiked Rohit Sharma’s salary, and it went up to INR 16 crore in 2022.

Ravindra Jadeja, Chennai Super Kings – INR 16 crore

Ravindra Jadeja was picked up as an uncapped talent in 2008 by Rajasthan Royals, and currently, he is the highest paid player in the Chennai team, even more than MS Dhoni. He finds himself high up in the list of highest paid players after this massive hike.

Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals – INR 16 crore

Rishabh Pant has had a terrific outing recently for the national team and Delhi Capitals trusted him to lead them into the new era. He is expected to return as captain next season as well.

Ishan Kishan, Mumbai Indians – INR 15.25 crore

Ishan Kishan going for big bucks did not surprise anyone watching the auction and Mumbai will be hoping to redeem their investment in the coming seasons from this youngster.


Who is the highest-paid player in ipl history 2022?

KL Rahul is the highest paid player of IPL 2022.

Who is the highest-paid player in ipl history 2021?

Virat Kohli received the maximum amount among all players who featured in 2021.

Who was the highest-paid player in IPL 2008?

MS Dhoni was the most expensive purchase in the inaugural edition of the tournament, going for a whopping $1.5 million.

What is Ishan Kishan IPL 2022 price?

Ishan Kishan was picked up INR 15.25 crore by Mumbai Indians in IPL mega auction 2022.


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