Before going to the list of most expensive IPL players, let me describe a brief history of this famous sports league. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is an official cricket league played in India every year during April and May. This T20 Cricket league was founded by BCCI in 2008. The teams of Indian states and cities take part in this league. IPL was the production of the former president of BCCI Lalit Modi’s mind and he was the founder and commissioner of the league. IPL has become famous from its first edition among sports fans around the world and became the 6th most famous sports league in the world in 2014.
In this league, players get the opportunity to figure out their skills and this League has considered as a window to enter international cricket. Today due to IPL, many young players have praised for their stunning capabilities in international cricket. At the same time players also get the opportunity to make money as the franchises tend to bid more for talented cricket players. In 2018, The brand value of IPL is about $6.3 billion and that’s how you can guess how much money players may earn from IPL. In this article, we are compiling a list of 10 Most Expensive IPL Players.
Top 10 Most Expensive IPL Players
The one who plays well can earn the most respect and fame as well as the more money and the same rule applies in IPL also. Let see which player has the most value in the World’s famous T20 league.
10. Steven Smith (Rajasthan Royals 2018: $1.8 million)
The Australian International Cricketer Steven Peter Devereux Smith is currently the part of Rajasthan Royals team. He was started playing IPL in 2010 with Royal Challengers Banglore when he including in playing eleven as a replacement of Jesse Ryder. In IPL season 2011, he was signed by Kochi Tuskers Kerala for $2,00,000 be he was not able to play due to the ankle injury.
In 2014 season, Rajasthan Royals bought him for $6,00,000 and he also remained the part of playing eleven and led Rajasthan Royal in IPL season 2015. He joined Rising Pune Supergiants in 2016 for the same price and he scored a century against Gujarat Lions. In 2017, Rising Pune Supergiants announced Smith as Captain replacing MS Dhoni. The season, no doubt, was the best ever for Smith in IPL as he led his team to the finals.
In 2018, Rajasthan Royals bought Steven Smith for $1.8 million and let him led their team in the IPL. The Smith became one of the Most Expensive IPL players due to this high bid by Rajasthan Royals.
9. David Warner (Sunrises Hyderabad 2018: $1.8 million)
Former Australian Captain David Warner is also a big name of IPL. He started playing Indian Premier League in 2009 and joined Delhi Daredevils. He scores 2 consecutive T20 hundreds in 2011 against CSK and RCB and became the first cricketer to score these brilliant figures. He Began his career with Sunrises Hyderabad in 2014 for $0.8 million and he led Sunrises Hyderabad to 2015 IPL Edition and continued leading in 2016. In 2018, Sunrises offered him $1.8 million to stay with them and this highest bid made him one of the most expensive IPL players.
8. MS Dhoni (Rising Pune Supergiants 2016: $1.9 million)
MS Dhoni is an Indian Professional Cricketer and one of the greatest Indian players of all time. He played all IPL seasons from 2008 to 2018. In the first IPL season 2008, Dhoni was bought by CSK (Chennai Super Kings) for $1.5 million which made Dhoni the most expensive IPL Cricketer. Under his Captaincy, CSK won Two times IPL title in 2010 and 2011 and also won Champions league twice in 2010 and 2014.
In 2016, The Chennai Super Kings suspended for 2 years, Dhoni joined Rising Pune Supergiants as the captain for $1.9 million and held the 2nd position in the list of Top 10 Mosty Expensive IPL Players. CSK returned to IPL in 2018 and Dhoni signed back to led his parent IPL team.
7. Dinesh Karthik (Delhi Daredevils 2014: $2 million)
The international Indian Cricketer Dinesh Karthik Currently playing for KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) is also in the list of top 10 most expensive IPL Cricketers at No. 8. He started his IPL career with Delhi Daredevils in 2008 first IPL edition and continued his journey with Delhi Daredevils until he bought by King XI Punjab for $9,00,000. In IPL season 2012, he joined Mumbai Indians for $1.8 million and also continued in 2013.
He signed his contract with Delhi Daredevils in 2014 for $2 million and became the Bottom 3rd most expensive IPL Player in the list of Top 10 Most expensive IPL Players. He joined RCB in 2015 for $1.5 million and Gujarat Lions in 2016 for $3,30,000. In 2017 he didn’t play IPL but he returned back with Kolkata Knight Riders for $1.1 million in 2018.
6. Ben Stokes (Rising Pune Supergiants 2017: $2.07 million)
The English all-rounder Benjamin Andrew Stokes simply known as Ben Stokes also playing IPL and joined Rising Pune Supergiants for his first appearance in 2017. The Franchise signed the contract with Ben Stokes for $2.07 million and became the most expensive overseas cricketer in the history of IPL. But after 1 season he left Pune and Joined Rajasthan Royals in 2018.
5. Rishabh Pant (Delhi Daredevils 2018: $2.14 million)
The Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant started his IPL career in 2016 when Delhi Daredevils bought this young cricketer for $2,70,000. In this season he made 50 runs in just 25 balls for Daredevils and pointed out his upcoming bright future in Indian Cricket. In IPS season 2017, He played an innings of 97 runs in just 43 balls for Delhi Daredevils. Delhi again bought Pant in 2018 IPL season for $2.14 million and his name has been included in the list of Top 10 most expensive IPL Cricketers. Pant played an outclass innings of 128 not out in Just 63 balls in the recent IPL season 2018 and became the first Indian cricketer with the highest individual score in T20.
4. MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings 2018: $2.18 million)
As mentioned above CSK returned back to IPL after its suspension period ended in December 2017. Dhoni Joined CSK for $2.18 million and listed in top 10 Most expensive IPL players at No.4.
3. Rohit Sharma ( Mumbai Indians 2018: $2.18 million)
The Stylish Indian international cricketer Rohit Sharma joined IPL in 2008 with Hyderabad Deccan Chargers. DC bought him for $7,50,000. He holds many records in IPL. He is considered as the most successful IPL Cricketer. He scored 404 runs in his first IPL season in 2008 and became the leading run scorer in IPL for that season. Rohit Sharma is also one of the few players who scored above 4000 runs in IPL. He also holds a record in IPL to hit a six at Last ball of the match. He has also held a hat-trick record in IPL.
Deccan Charges made him vice-captain in 2009 and he achieved a target of 26 in last over by scoring 32 runs against Mashrafe Mortaza. In 2011, He joined Mumbai Indians for $2 million and continued his journey with MI until 2018’s auction when he again bought by Mumbai Indians for $2.18 million. He is at No. 3 in this list.
2. Yuvraj Singh (Delhi Daredevils 2015: $2.3 million)
One of the most successful and famous cricketers in the history of India, Yuvraj Singh, is the 2nd most expensive player in IPL. He started playing in IPL with Kings XI Punjab in 2008 and he was appointed as captain. The first 2 seasons were the best for Yuvraj Singh and he became the icon player in IPL. In 2009, he scored 2 hat-tricks in the same season in South Africa first against RCB in the same ground where he scored six-sixes in an over and the 2nd against Deccan Charges in his very next match.
In 2011, the newly introduced Pune Warriors bought and let him lead their team in IPL. In 2014, he joined RCB for $2 million and for $2.3 million in 2015, he joined Delhi Daredevils. He made his contract with Sunrises Hyderabad for $1 million in 2017 and the recent IPL edition 2018 is very disappointing for him as he has been bought for only $2,90,000 by his parent franchise Kings XI Punjab.
1. Virak Kohli (Royal Challengers Banglore 2018: $2.43 million)
The legendary Indian Cricketer, Virat Kohli, is the best player in IPL with dozens of records. He started his IPL career in 2008 with RCB and from then till now he played his all IPL cricket for RCB. In 2018, RCB retained him for $2.43 million and got 1st position in the list of top 10 most expensive IPL players.