The riches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) continue to throw up scarcely imaginable numbers as Chennai Super Kings captain, MS Dhoni becomes the first-ever cricketer to make more than INR 150 crores in salary from the IPL.
MS Dhoni has played for two franchises in the IPL, Chennai Super Kings and the now-defunct, Rising Pune Supergiants. Dhoni started his career with CSK in 2008 as an icon player – since Chennai didn’t have any icon player at that time in the inaugural season, they adopted the Ranchi-born, who had won his country the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa.
He was the costliest player in the first auction being bagged in for 6 crores, the fee he received for the next three seasons. CSK won their first title in 2010, Dhoni’s stock grew – he was then the first-choice retention by the franchise for over Rs.8 crore for three more seasons in which he led CSK to another title victory in 2011.
Another mega-auction, once again the wicket-keeper batsman was the first-choice retention at the contract of 12.5 cr for 2014 and 201. Meanwhile, he had also led his country to a World Cup title at home and a Champions Trophy triumph in England.
MS Dhoni played 2 seasons for Pune
MS Dhoni captained the Rising Pune Supergiants, which was introduced as a replacement to the banned CSK, in 2016 and played under Steve Smith in 2017. He fetched the same price of 12.5 cr for these two seasons.
CSK returned in 2018, and MS Dhoni was once again back at the helm – this time for a whopping first-retention price of 15 crores. He took a comparatively older team to the franchise’s third IPL title but failed to defeat Mumbai Indians in 2019 final.
Last season, IPL 2020 in the UAE was the worst season for CSK as they finished in the bottom four for the first time in IPL history and plenty of questions emerged. However, ‘Thala’ Dhoni himself ended all speculations as he confirmed to lead the yellow army once again in IPL 2021. He will once again, for the fourth consecutive earn Rs. 15 crores making his total earning from the cash-rich league over 150 crores.
Rohit Sharma leads over Virat Kohli in IPL earnings
Despite Rohit Sharma making two crores less than Virat Kohli – the Mumbai Indians skipper gets 15 cr. while the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain receives 17 cr. – the opener has made more money from the IPL than the Indian captain has hitherto.
According to Timesnownews.com Rohit has earned Rs 146.6 crore whilst playing for the now-defunct Deccan Chargers and then Mumbai Indians while Kohli so far is reported to have drawn Rs 143.2 crore from the RCB.