Despite the thirteenth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) getting postponed by a fortnight, the excitement is alive. Hence, when it starts, Australia’s Pat Cummins would form the centre of attention due to being the most expensive overseas pick in history.
Kolkata Knight Riders secured his services for a record-breaking sum of INR 15.5 crores.
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Admittedly, he couldn’t breach past Yuvraj Singh’s price of INR 16 crores; however, he would earn more than stalwarts like MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma.
The veteran Indian captains like Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, and Virat Kohli have been retained by their franchises for INR 15 crores ahead of the upcoming season.
The 26-year old fast bowler holds the lead over Dhoni and Rohit in terms of making monetary gains in 2020.
However, it turns out that he is not the only player to earn more than Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a single IPL season.
Below is the list of players who have made more than the three-time IPL winner:
Virat Kohli (Since 2018)
Indian captain and the skipper of Royal Challengers Bangalore, has been earning more than any cricketer in the lucrative competition for two years now. He is set to become the most paid player in the league once again in 2020.
Although the 31-year old hasn’t won an IPL even a single time, he is the leading run-getter in the history with 5412 runs.
RCB retained their leader for INR 15 crores ahead of 2018 IPL auction. A franchise mandatorily had to pay 15 crores for keeping the first player on its list; however, the owners had to give two crores more for making him stay.
Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff (2009)
In the second year of the tournament, it moved on entirely to South Africa. After MS Dhoni finished the most expensive player in 2008 by bagging USD 1.5 million, the English cricketing duo broke the record. Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen snapped a deal of USD 1.55 million.
The former joined Dhoni’s army while Bangalore secured Pietersen.
Contrary to their sum, the pair had a poor season. All-rounder Flintoff scored 62 runs and took two wickets in three games before a knee injury disrupted his campaign.
Pietersen had a lean run as well in which he managed only 93 runs in six matches as the captain of the side. After only six fixtures, he departed to fulfil his international duties.