The Indian Premier League’s lavish offerings of riches speak louder than any other tournament in the world of cricket. Unfortunately, the league’s exclusion of Pakistani cricketers aside, 10 teams feature the finest players in the world, who not only get to participate in a highly competitive event but also receive some of the most substantial paychecks in professional sports for a mere two-month-long competition.
Several previous records were broken by this year’s tournament, which took place several months before the start of the April 2023 season.
At the recent player auction, Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings engaged in a fierce bidding war for England all-rounder Sam Curran. Eventually, Punjab Kings secured his services for a whopping bid of 185 million Indian rupees ($2.26 million), making him the most expensive player in the tournament’s history.
Curran’s outstanding performance in the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia raised his profile as a prominent white-ball player. Other players, including England all-rounder Ben Stokes, young batsman Harry Brook, and Australia’s Cameron Green, also received lucrative deals in the auction.
During the player auction held last month, some other notable players who secured lucrative deals were England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes, talented batsman Harry Brook, and Australia’s up-and-coming player Cameron Green.
1. Sam Curran (Punjab Kings): 185 million rupees (approximately $2.26m)
2. Cameron Green (Mumbai Indians): 175m rupees ($2.14m)
3. KL Rahul (Lucknow Super Giants): 170m rupees ($2m)
4. Ben Stokes (Chennai Super Kings): 162.5m rupees ($1.98m)
5. Nicholas Pooran (Lucknow Super Giants): 160m rupees ($1.95m)
6. Ravindra Jadeja (Chennai Super Kings): 160m rupees ($1.95m)
7. Rishabh Pant* (Delhi Capitals): 160m rupees ($1.95m)
8. Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders): 160m rupees ($1.95m)
9. Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians): 160m rupees ($1.95m)
10. Ishan Kishan (Mumbai Indians): 152.5m rupees ($1.86m)
11. Hardik Pandya (Gujarat Titans): 150m rupees ($1.8m)
12. Rashid Khan (Gujarat Titans): 150m rupees ($1.8m)
13 Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers): 150m rupees ($1.8m)
14. Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals): 140m rupees ($1.7m)
15. Deepak Chahar (Chennai Super Kings): 140m rupees ($1.7m)
16. Harry Brook (Sunrisers Hyderabad): 132.5m rupees ($1.6m)
17. Shreyas Iyer (Kolkata Knight Riders): 122.5m rupees ($1.5m)
18. Varun Chakravarthy (Kolkata Knight Riders): 120m rupees ($1.45m)
19. Jasprit Bumrah* (Mumbai Indians): 120m rupees ($1.45m)
20. Axar Patel (Delhi Capitals): 120m rupees ($1.45m)
Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant have sustained injuries and are currently unable to participate in the competition. Additionally, Shreyas Iyer is not available for selection.