The captain is one of the most important ingredient of any team game. Similarly, the prosperity of an Indian Premier League (IPL) team is hugely dependent on direction skills. That’s why every franchise put unusual importance in choosing their leader for a season.
The 2020 edition of the tournament will mark the comeback of Indian cricketers on the field after the pandemic induced break of six months. Earlier this year, team India was last seen playing against New Zealand. Following IPL 2020, Kohli-led team will fly to Australia for a full-fledged series.
When few hours are left to begin the much-awaited tournament, here’s a look at the salaries of IPL captains:
Virat Kohli (17 crores)
Kohli — the highest-paid player in the IPL history — was retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at a whopping amount of Rs 17 crore. He is the only player to represent just once franchise in every IPL edition. Kohli will be playing his eighth season as a full-time skipper. RCB are yet to clinch their maiden IPL title.
MS Dhoni (15 crores)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the most consistent captain in IPL. He was Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) first choice retention in IPL 2018. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, the franchise has won the title three times and have played eight IPL finals. He has a salary of Rs 15 crore.
Rohit Sharma (15 crores)
Sharma is the most successful captain in the league who has won four titles and was retained by Mumbai Indians (MI) for Rs 15 crore. The right-handed batsman had joined MI in 2011.
Steve Smith (12 crores)
The former Australia skipper Steve Smith was retained by Rajasthan Royals (RR) for Rs 12 crore in 2018. Meanwhile, he missed out earning the amount after his one year ban. In 2019, after comeback, he took over the captaincy from Ajinkya Rahane.
David Warner (12 crores)
Former deputy captain of Australian side David Warner also has a salary of Rs 12 crore. In the year 2019, Warner played under the captaincy of Kane Williamson. He has scored 692 runs in 12 matches which managed him to grabbed Orange Cap in the same year.
KL Rahul (11 crores)
The wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul has joined Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) for Rs 11 crore in 2018. As many as four franchises were interested in picking him but KXIP managed to win the bid of Rs 11 crore. Rahul has scored 1252 runs for the franchise with a strike rate of 146.60.
Dinesh Karthik (7.4 crores)
This was the big surprise for everyone when Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) handed the captaincy to Dinesh Karthik in 2018 as the franchise was expected to hand over the charge to Robin Uthappa. Karthik had joined the franchise for Rs 7.4 crore.
Shreyas Iyer (7 crores)
The third and the last player who was retained by the Delhi Capitals (DC) was youngster Shreyas Iyer in 2018. He was quite a surprise pick for captaincy as many expected Rishabh Pant to do the job. Pant has led Delhi to Ranji Trophy a few months back. Iyer has a salary of Rs 7 crore.