IPL 2017: 10 highest paid players
Will these players justify their price tag?
The Indian Premier League is one of the most cash-rich leagues in the world. There were a total of 352 players who went under the hammer at the 2017 IPL auctions held in Bengaluru on February 20. And like every year, the auction saw some expensive deals being made.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes became the most expensive player this season with a deal worth Rs 14.5 crores. Before we welcome the tenth edition of the 8-team league, let us take a look at the 10 players who will be paid the most at the end of the tournament.
#10 AB de Villiers – Rs 9.5 crore
One of the most influential and versatile batsmen in modern-day cricket, South Africa's AB de Villiers has built big innings and led unimaginable chases for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has amassed 2,570 including a hundred and 15 fifties in his 104 IPL games so far.
AB was retained for Rs 9.5 crore by Bangalore due to his batting prowess. This year, he will captain the side for a few games in the absence of an injured Virat Kohli.
#9 Suresh Raina – 9.5 crore
This Indian middle-order specialist has been extremely important for Chennai Super Kings over the years. The batsman has scored 3,699 runs including a hundred and 25 fifties for Chennai in his 132 IPL matches so far.
However, following the ban on Chennai, Gujarat Lions sought Raina’s services for Rs 12.5 crore. However, he will only receive Rs 9.5 crore as an actual salary.