From AB de Villiers to Ben Stokes: 5 highest-earning overseas cricketers in IPL
The Indian Premier League remains the richest cricket competition globally. Consequently, numerous cricketers worldwide have earned high bucks by playing in IPL and continue to do so. Therefore, who are the ones to have become wealthy?
The 2021 Indian Premier League has come to a halt, owing to copious COVID bubble breaches. However, there is no taking away from the fact that it continues to be the wealthiest Twenty20 league.
Over the years, numerous cricketers have made huge bucks by playing in the IPL and continue to do so even today. In the same light, we take a look at the highest overseas earners in the IPL to date.
The English all-rounder is an exquisite cricket across formats. He has been an excellent asset for Rajasthan Royals ever since he made his way into the IPL, initially playing for Rising Pune Supergiant. Since 2017, he has pocketed around ₹64.5 crore.
The Australian explosive opener might be going through a troubled time with Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, there is no doubt that he has been one of the most impactful players in the tournament. Starting his career with Delhi Capitals in 2009, Warner has come a long way to lead SRH to IPL glory in 2016, while he has earned more than ₹71 crore.
The Windies all-rounder is one of the veterans of the tournament. Having been playing for defending champion Mumbai Indians since 2010, Pollard has been a part of the side's five title-winning campaign, while he also happens to be the vice-captain of the side. Owing to his longevity in the tournament and the side, he has obviously pocketed huge bucks, while his reported earning to date in the competition happens to be just above ₹74.5 crore.
The former Australian all-rounder and now retired IPL veteran Shane Watson was known for his impactful fast bowling and flying opening abilities. He began playing the tournament since the inaugural edition in 2008 and won the opening season with Rajasthan Royals. He played his final three seasons with Chennai Super Kings, winning a title and retiring on top in 2020. Effortlessly, he has earned loads, with his net IPL income being more than ₹77crore.
AB de Villiers
The South African superstar, Mr 360, deserves to be the best. Starting with Delhi Daredevils in 2008, he has since severely impacted Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2011. Although he is unfortunate enough not to win the title to date, his contributions have been priceless and have easily allowed him to earn the most in the tournament. To date, he has bagged a whopping ₹102.5 crore, with more bucks incoming.
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