MS Dhoni First-Ever Cricketer To Earn More Than Rs 150 Crore In IPL
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MS Dhoni First-Ever Cricketer To Earn More Than Rs 150 Crore In IPL

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

MS Dhoni, who is Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) captain became the first-ever cricketer in Indian Premier League (IPL) to earn over Rs 150 crore in IPL. He has currently a salary of Rs 15 crore now.

MS Dhoni earned more than Rs 150 crore in the extravagant Indian Premier League (IPL). The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain earned over Rs 137 crore before the retention day. As soon as CSK extended MS Dhoni’s contract, the India legend wicket-keeper recorded his name in the history books.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

MS Dhoni Led Chennai Super Kings Since 2008 Except In 2016 And 2017

MS Dhoni, who has been leading the Yellow Army CSK since IPL’s inaugural year 2008, has a salary of Rs 15 crore each season now. He has been in process of earning the same amount since IPL 2018. MS Dhoni was the biggest player in the first season’s auction. Unsurprisingly, he emerged as the costliest pick when CSK bought him for Rs 6 crore. He earned the same amount from the franchise for the next 3 years.

In 2011, BCCI decided to increase the first-choice retention price to over Rs 8 crore. Hence, MS Dhoni drew a salary of Rs 8.28 crore from 2011 to 2013. Before the IPL 2014 mega-auction, BCCI once again increased the first-choice retention amount. Hence, the keeper and skipper earned Rs 12.5 crore in 2014 and 2015. At Rising Pune Supergiant as well when CSK was banned for 2 years, MS Dhoni had the same salary and drew Rs 25 crore in 2016 and 2017.

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MS Dhoni. Photo Credit: IPL.

The 3-time IPL-winning captain has earned Rs 60 crore at CSK since their return to the league in 2018 after the end of the 2-year ban. The only player with a combined salary of over Rs 150 crore, keeper MS Dhoni isn’t expected to add to his tally as he looks all but set to retire after IPL 2021. He announced retirement from international cricket on 15th August 2020 but continued to lead CSK in IPL 2020 but CSK finished 7th as for the first time the franchise failed to qualify for playoffs.

Rohit Sharma Hold Lead Over Virat Kohli Despite Earning Rs. 2 Crore Lesser

Despite earning Rs 2 crore lesser than RCB skipper Virat Kohli for the 4th consecutive season, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma continues to hold a lead over the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s captain. Rohit Sharma, who has been one of the highest-paid players right since the inception of IPL in 2008, has so far drawn over Rs 146.6 crore. He has been earning Rs 15 crore per season from Mumbai Indians since 2018.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: IPL)

On the other hand, Virat Kohli has been drawing Rs 17 crore per season since 2018 from Royal Challengers Bangalore, which sees him sit at the third spot.  He has so far earned Rs 143.2 crore by plying his trade in the extravagant T20 league.

The lead of Rs 2 crore over Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni has been one of the highlights of Virat Kohli’s IPL career. In case he earns the same amount next year as well, Virat Kohli will leapfrog Rohit Sharma in the list.