Highest Paid IPL Players


Yuvraj Singh - 14 crore to RCB: Some may say he's gone for a lot of money, but Vijay Mallya seems happy about the inclusion of another marquee T20 player who will add to the talents of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Ravi Rampaul and AB de Villiers. The World Cup and World T20 winner with India will add more all-round ability to the team — however, the price tag will be a burden.


Dinesh Karthik - 12.5 crores to Delhi: Proven customer in the tournament and a match-winner as he showed last season. It was slightly surprising that Mumbai Indians didn't retain him and Mitchell Johnson or used their Right to Match card — but Karthik's not losing out on anything — not money at least. With 1741 runs in 92 IPL games, he may be worth it too.


Kevin Pietersen - 9 crores to Delhi: KP is cricket's latest mercenary and he doesn't have to care about the international calendar anymore. His presence in the batting lineup is unsettling enough for bowlers — but now they'll have to contend with a fit and available Pietersen for the whole season.Kevin Pietersen began the rest of his cricketing life with a pay cut after Delhi Daredevils used the right to match mechanism to secure his services for nine Crore Rupees, or £880,000.


Mitchell Johnson - 6.5 crores to Kings XI Punjab: Mitchell Johnson is fast, fearsome and in insane form. Enough said.Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson was purchased by the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction 2014 for Rs 6.50 crore.It was surprising for many that Johnson’s previous franchise Mumbai Indians did not use their Right to Match for the left-arm pacer.Johnson played for Mumbai Indians in the sixth edition of IPL, which also marked his revival.A few days ago, Johnson was conferred with Australian Cricket’s highest individual honour, the Allan Border medal for his outstanding achievements during the recently concluded Ashes series at home.


Glenn Maxwell - 6 crores to Kings XI Punjab: He went for a million dollars last time out too and his poor showing didn't deter Kings XI from coughing up the cash. He's out to prove a point and justify the dollars doled out — so probably worth it. And yes, he can do everything — the perfect T20 player.Glenn Maxwell’s potential as an all-rounder was recognised in his debut season of 2010 itself. As a result, he went to South Africa as part of Victoria’s squad for the Champions League Twenty20.


Jacques Kallis - 5.5 crores to KKR: He's 38 but that didn't stop KKR from knighting him again. He has a whopping 2276 runs in 90 IPL matches and a strike-rate above 100. Add to that 61 wickets. 5.5 crores? Oh yes, ka-ching! He joined the Kolkata Knight Riders before IPL 2011, and has been their rock of Gibraltar at the top of the order, along with Gambhir. No wonder then that the KKR think tank bought him back at the 2014 IPL Player Auction.


David Warner - 5.5 crores to Sunrisers Hyderabad: Last year's surprise package have added loose-cannon Warner to their side. They'll be happy to see that side of him on the pitch though, rather than off it. When he's in the mood, he can devour the opposition bowlers. Also, he had a cracking IPL 6 - scorign 410 runs in 16 matches. His strike-rate was 126.93.He was quickly signed by the Delhi Daredevils and was retained by the franchise when they outbid the others at the 2011 IPL Player Auction. And after spending five seasons with the Delhi franchise, he was signed by the Sunrisers Hyderabad during the 2014 IPL Player Auction for INR 5.5 crores.


Robin Uthappa (KKR)- 5 crores: Uthappa's value has come down a bit but he's still handy with that bat and a reliable customer.This Karnataka batsman is a talented stroke-maker who has all the shots in the book. He is a utility cricketer who has batted in various positions. He is also an outstanding fielder, a reliable wicketkeeper and can even bowl slow medium pace. Uthappa was signed by the Mumbai Indians, before being traded to the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was signed by the Pune Warriors India at the IPL Player Auction 2011. That year, he played all 16 games for PWI, and in a franchise laced with superstars, he was the highest run-getter for the team. At the 2014 Player Auction, Uthappa was bought by KKR to strengthen their Indian batsmen contingent.


Murali Vijay,-5 crores:who had been a key player for the Chennai Super Kings, was bought by the Daredevils in the 2014 player auctions. He completely redefined himself during IPL 2010 with some impressive displays of power-hitting right at the top for CSK. Known for his technique and poise at the crease, Vijay was drafted into the Indian Test team in 2008 against a daunting Australian side. A clean hitter of the ball, Vijay possesses the gift of timing and that was well demonstrated during his record-breaking knock of 127 against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2010. He ended up scoring 458 runs in the tournament, cementing his place in the Indian squad for the ICC World T20 Championship in the Caribbean. Brought back into the Test side, Vijay had made an impact in the home series against Australia in 2012-13.


Starc, who has never played in the Indian Premier League before this, has been a star performer in domestic T20 cricket, having led Yorkshire to a final in the Friends Life t20 and hence into the Champions League t20. He has a career haul of 77 wickets in T20 cricket from only 46 games at a bowling average of 13.Among the other players who topped the Rs.4 crore-mark were Australia's Steven Smith (Rs.4 crore), who was bought by Rajasthan Royals, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Rs.4.25 crore), who was signed up by Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mohammad Shami, whom Delhi purchased for Rs.4.25 crore too. A surprise in the offing was Piyush Chawla who was sold to the Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs.4.25 crore despite having not done much of note in previous seasons.

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