Apart from getting remuneration from BCCI, the players also receive their share from IPL just like foreign players receives from their respective boards.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli, draws Rs 17 crore in just 2 months with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Other players like Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Jasprit Bumrah, etc. also take home fat sum of money by playing IPL.
With the auction for the next season of IPL set to take place on February 18, we will have a look at Indian players who have emerged as the most expensive bids in the history of IPL auctions –
Yuvraj Singh (16 crore)
Yuvraj Singh tops the overall list by the virtue of bagging a contract worth Rs 16 crore with Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) in IPL 2015 auction.
The highest paid player didn’t have a memorable run with DC as he only scored 248 runs and scalped one wicket. As a result, DC offloaded Yuvraj.
Yuvraj Singh (14 crore)
Fetching a contract of Rs 14 crore with RCB in 2014 before he bagged 16 crore with DC and was released after just one season, it’s clear that Yuvraj didn’t have a great run with the Bangalore-based franchise.
Dinesh Karthik (12.5 crore)
Just like Yuvi paaji, Dinesh Karthik was another player who went home with a huge paycheque in IPL 2014 auction. Back in the auction pool, Karthik made his return to Delhi after being bought for Rs 12.5 crore. Karthik scored 325 runs in IPL 2014 and was released. He was bought by RCB in IPL 2015 auction and was back in the auction pool for IPL 2016.
Jaydev Unadkat (11.5 crore)
Jaydev Unadkat emerged as the costliest Indian pick in 2018 auction continued to receive bids from Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings until his price touched the 11 crore-mark.
After KXIP had made the winning bid, Rajasthan Royals (RR) jumped in and made the final bid worth Rs 11.5 crore to acquire the services of the left-arm pacer. Unadkat’s has been in the auction pool twice since then. And has remained with RR. Unadkat has 25 wickets in the past three seasons.
Gautam Gambhir (11.04 crore)
After being released by Delhi Capitals, Gautam Gambhir emerged as the highest-paid player in the auction when Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for Rs 11.04 crore. The former India opener led them to two IPL titles – in 2012 and 2014. He led KKR in a total of 7 IPL seasons.
KL Rahul (11 crore)
KL Rahul hit the jackpot when Kings XI Punjab acquired his services for a mega sum of Rs 11 crore which no one had expected him to breach the 10 crore-mark.
Rahul received bids from several franchise like Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and KXIP. India’s two-time white-ball vice-captain has breached the 500 run-mark in every season since 2018.
He bagged 659 runs in IPL 2018 and followed up with 593 runs in IPL 2019. Playing his first IPL season as captain, Rahul won the Orange Cap in IPL 2020 for scoring 670 runs.