Today we will write about the Indian Premier League 2023 (IPL 2023). In this article, we find out who was the highest-paid cricketer in IPL 2023 https://www.cric-life.com/. Unsurprisingly, Kohli is at the top of the heap, followed in turn by Dhoni, Sharma, Warner, Smith, De Villiers, Pandey, Rahul, Pandya and Maxwell.
1. Virat Kohli – Rs. 17 Crores
With 44.5% wins in 110 matches as RCB captain, Kohli’s captaincy record does not mirror his feats as captain of India. However, the RCB franchise owners had unwavering faith in Kohli’s ability to lead them to the elusive title.
His paycheck of Rs. 17 crores in 2023 made Kohli the highest-paid player in the IPL 2023 and pushed his total earnings in the league to Rs. 126.20 crores, sustaining him in 3rd position in the IPL Moneyball rankings.
2. MS Dhoni – Rs. 15 crores
A man whose reputation precedes him, Dhoni had won three titles for Chennai Super Kings and the franchise trusted him to win one more. ‘Captain cool’ had registered a win percentage of 59.80 in 174 matches as skipper.
With his Rs. 15 crore paycheck in 2023, Dhoni joined the IPL 2023 auction highest-paid player list. In the process, he consolidated his position at the top of the IPL Moneyball rankings with total earnings from the IPL of Rs. 137.8 crores.
3. Rohit Sharma – Rs. 15 crores
With four titles Sharma was the most successful IPL skipper, having registered a winning percentage of 57.7% from 104 matches captained. All of that title wins had come in ‘odd’ years. Mumbai Indians retained their talismanic captain with the highest salary in the IPL 2023 — a purse of Rs. 15 crores.
Everyone was keen to find out if Sharma would finally win an IPL title in an even year. With Rs. 131.60 crores earned from the league, Sharma was entrenched in 2nd position in the IPL Moneyball rankings.
4. David Warner – Rs. 12.5 crores.
It was a foregone conclusion that Warner would return as captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad. The franchise had reached the playoffs in every season since 2016, the year SRH won the title on the back of Warner’s 848 runs from 17 games at 60.57, with a strike rate of 151.42.
Warner’s record as the captain had been impressive too, with a win percentage of 55.3 matches in 47 games captained. Sunrisers invested Rs. 12.5 crores to retain their premier batsman, making him their most paid player in the IPL 2023 and enabling him to register total earnings of Rs. 58.5 crores for a Moneyball ranking of 16.
5. Steve Smith – Rs. 12.5 crores
With 319 runs in 12 games at 39.87 in the IPL 2019, Smith could walk into virtually any side on the back of his batting. But Steve Smith brought not only his batting acumen but also his leadership skills to the table.
Rajasthan Royals had a clear plan when they bid Rs. 12.5 crores for the former Australia captain who had established the highest winning percentage of 65.5% among IPL captains in the 29 games he had skippered. The bid took Smith’s earnings from the league past Rs. 45 crores, with a corresponding IPL Moneyball ranking of 27.
6. AB De Villiers – Rs. 11 crores
Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s best batsmen across formats, De Villiers’s exploits for RCB in the IPL had served to enhance that reputation. In 2018, the former South Africa star made 480 runs in 12 matches at 53.33, with a strike rate of 174.54.
In 2019, he followed that up with 442 runs from 13 games at 44.20, with a strike rate of 154.00. RCB was not about to let go of the age-defying genius and bid Rs. 12.5 crores to retain him. That bid took ABD’s total IPL earnings past Rs. 92 crores, translating into an Moneyball ranking of 6.
7. Manish Pandey – Rs. 11 crores
Acquired by Sunrisers in the IPL 2018 for a staggering Rs. 11 crores, Pandey justified their faith with his consistent run-making in that season and the next. In the IPL 2019, Manish scored 344 runs at 43.00, with a strike rate of 130.79.
The franchise was determined to retain him at any cost and paid up Rs. 12.5 crores at the IPL 2023 auction. With that Pandey’s IPL total earnings topped Rs. 40 crores, earning him an IPL Moneyball ranking of 32.
8. KL Rahul – Rs. 11 crores
Kings XI Punjab’s best season (2014) was a distant memory. In the years since, the franchise have struggled to make it past the league stage. In KL Rahul, Punjab had a naturally aggressive batsman for the past two seasons.
The promoters made up their minds — in Rahul they saw their new skipper who would lead them out of the morass in the UAE where season 13 was to be played. Winning the bidding war for Rahul, Punjab ended up paying Rs. 11 crores for the batting powerhouse. Rahul’s total earnings from the league exceeded Rs. 37 crores, giving him an IPL Moneyball ranking of 37.
9. Hardik Pandya – Rs. 11 crores
Hardik Pandya’s ability to hit sixes at will makes him one of the greatest finishers ever seen in the IPL. At the 2023 auction, the memory of Pandya’s exploits in 2019 that had helped MI to their fourth IPL title were still fresh. In 16 games that season, Pandya helped himself to 402 runs at a strike rate of 191.42.
The 14 wickets Hardik grabbed with the ball were the icing on the cake. MI made a successful bid of Rs. 11 crores for the champion all-rounder. In the process, Pandya’s total earnings from the league topped Rs. 33 crores, helping the all-rounder to an IPL Moneyball ranking of 44.
10. Glenn Maxwell – Rs. 10.75 crores
At the start of the 2023, Kings Punjab were looking for an explosive batsman who could also bowl a few overs if required to do so. Six seasons earlier, in the 2014, a young Australian player smashed the rival batsmen to tot up 300 runs in the first five games at an average of 60.00. Glenn Maxwell finished that season with 552 runs to win the MVP award that season.
Kings XI Punjab unleashed their purse to pay Rs 10.75 crore for the Australian star. The deal took Maxwell’s overall earnings from the IPL to nearly Rs. 43 crores, placing him 29th in the Moneyball rankings.