In 2008, at the beginning of the IPL, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was bought by Chennai Super Kings for US $ 1.5 million. Over the next two years, in 2009 and 2010, Chennai held Dhoni with the same money. For the next three years, from 2011 to 2013, Dhoni earned Rs 6.2 crore every year.
In 2014, the BCCI raised the first-choice retention fee, which also included Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In 2014 and 2015, Mahi earned 12.5 crores every year. He played for Pune Super Giants in 2016 and 2017. Dhoni also earned the same money in these two years. In 2018, the BCCI increased the first-choice retention to 15 crores. And from that point of view, 2018, 2019 and 2020 – these three times MS Dhoni has earned Rs 15 crores every year. Overall, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s total income in the IPL in 12 years so far is 138 crores.
Rohit Sharma is behind Dhoni in IPL earnings. Playing for Deccan Chargers from 2006 to 2010, Rohit earned Rs 3 crore every year. From 2011 to 2013, playing for Mumbai Indians, Rohit earned Rs 9.2 crores every year. Hitman became the BCCI’s first choice after becoming Mumbai’s captain in 2014. Like Dhoni, he has earned the same amount from 2014 to 2020. Eventually, Rohit Sharma earned Rs 131 crores from the IPL.
Virat Kohli is in third place after Dhoni and Rohit. The main reason for Virat coming third is that Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him in 2006 for just Rs 11 lakh. Virat received the same amount in 2009 and 2010. From 2011 to 2013, Bangalore paid him Rs 6.2 crores per year. Then, from 2014 to 2017, Virat Kohli earned Rs 12.5 crores every year.
He set such a huge record in 2016. Royal Challengers Bangalore started paying Rs 16 crore to Virat Kohli every year, surpassing the BCCI’s highest retention period. Virat Kohli has earned a total of Rs 51 crores in the last three seasons.