Most expensive IPL players ever – Cummins joins Kohli and Yuvraj Singh on top earners list

India captain remains the highest earner

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The Indian Premier League attracts the biggest names in world cricket. Every year the best T20 talents from around the globe head to the country to represent the franchises that have acquired their services, sometimes for huge salaries. Teams have the option to retain players from a previous campaign or add new ones through the auction process.

We take a look highest prices teams have paid for players over the competition’s history. This list considers auction prices and salaries paid to retain players at their current team up to and including the IPL 2020 season.

Most Expensive IPL Players Ever


Player Team Price (INR) Year
1. Virat Kohli Royal Challengers Bangalore 17 Crore 2018
2. Yuvraj Singh Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) 16 Crore 2015
3. Pat Cummins Kolkata Knight Riders 15.5 Crore 2020
4. Rohit Sharma Mumbai Indians 15 Crore 2015
5. MS Dhoni Chennai Super Kings 15 Crore 2015
6. Rishabh Pant Delhi Capitals 15 Crore 2018
7. Ben Stokes Rising Pune Supergiant 14.5 Crore 2017
8. Yuvraj Singh Royal Challengers Bangalore 14 Crore 2014
9. Dinesh Karthik Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) 12.5 Crore 2014
10. David Warner Sunrisers Hyderabad 12.5 Crore 2018
11. Steve Smith Rajasthan Royals 12.5 Crore 2018


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Kohli remains the best-paid player in the Indian Premier League

Virat Kohli is one of the best batsmen in the world, and he’s paid as such in the IPL. Kohli has represented Royal Challengers Bangalore throughout his career. Despite his franchise never winning the competition, the Indian national team captain tops the IPL Top Batsman charts at the time of writing. RCB chose to retain Kohli’s services in 2018 for 17 crore INR ($2.6 million) making him the highest paid player in the history of the tournament. Royal Challengers are 8.0 (7/1) with bet365 to lift the trophy for the first time in IPL 2020.

IPL 2020 Betting Odds

Mumbai Indians have become a leading force in the Indian Premier League over recent years. After failing to win the competition for the first five editions between 2008 and 2012, Mumbai have since won four of the next seven. They are seen as one of the leading contenders in the IPL 2020 betting odds, together with Hyderabad Sunrisers.

IPL Team Winner Odds
Mumbai Indians 5.0
Hyderabad Sunrisers 5.0
Chennai Super Kings 6.0
Delhi Captials 8.0
Kolkata Knight Riders 8.0
Royal Challengers Bangalore 8.0
Rajasthan Royals 10.0
Kings XI Punjab 10.0


Cummins sets a new record for an overseas player in 2020 IPL auction

2020 IPL auction saw Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins become the third most expensive player ever. Kolkata Knight Riders paid a huge 15.5 crore INR ($2.15 million) in December’s auction, the highest fee ever for an overseas player in the competition’s history. Ben Stokes had previously held that record after he was purchased by the Rising Pune Supergiant for 14.5 crore INR ($2 million) in 2017.

At the time of the auction Cummins was ranked as the ICC’s leading Test bowler after a summer which saw Australia retain the Ashes in England. He’ll be expected to deliver plenty of wickets for his new team in 2020. As such, the Australian could prove an interesting selection for the Top Bowler prize when the additional markets are released closer to the tournament getting underway on 29th March.

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Jim is a cricket fanatic with a decade of experience in the iGaming industry. He is a real sports nerd and since falling in love with betting while at University he has combined his passions. He strives to provide sports fans and gamblers alike with the most insightful, accurate analysis possible.