Every cricket fan looks forward to the Indian Premier League. After all, the event gives fans the opportunity to see some really great talent. Last year, some fans got to see their first piece of the action in person when the event went truly global for the very first time. In 2020, all matches were played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
For many fans, however, it’s not just about entertainment. Many cricket fans will bet on one of the most popular sports in the world competition at this year’s IPL. They therefore hope that the big names of the teams they support will shine. Of course, you can usually expect those who get the most to perform the most. With that in mind, here we take a look at the highest paid IPL international cricket stars of the past year.
1. Virat Kohli
Considered one of the best batsmen in the world, the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore has been setting field batting records since 2013. The 32-year-old has won numerous awards for his country, such as the Arjuna Award in 2013 and the Padmishri in 2017. He also received India’s highest sporting honor in 2018: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. And it’s been named one of the world’s most famous athletes by ESPN, as well as one of Forbes’ most valuable sports brands. In 2020, Forbes also ranked Kohli the 66th highest-paid athlete in the world.
2. Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins is the second highest paid IPL cricketer. Known for his style and speed, the Australian cricketer made his first cricket test appearance at just 18 years old. He was named cricketer of the year 2020 by the International Cricket Council (ICC). He played for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014 before playing for Delhi Daredevils and then again for Kolkata in 2020. He also played for Mumbai Indians in 2018.
3. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
MS Dhoni (or Mahendra Singh Dhoni) is one of the most popular players in the sport. Under his leadership, India won the ICC World Twenty20 in 2007, the Asian Cup in 2010 and 2016, the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. It has a reputation for being one of the most effective of all time. captains. He was also captain of the Chennai Super Kings, which won the IPL three times under his leadership. Dhoni has received a number of awards honoring his performance. The player will not be on the 2021 roster as he retired last year. But with all these honors to his name, he is a player who will not be forgotten.
4. Rohit Sharma
Sharma enjoys immense popularity in India. He not only plays for the Mumbai Indians but is also the team’s captain in IPL. And in limited cricket, he plays for the Indian team, of which he is also the vice-captain. Sharma received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, with only three Indian cricketers having received the award before him. He is also a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Ambassador of WWF-India. He actively supports a number of animal welfare related campaigns.
5. David Warner
Australian David Warner has an excellent cricket background. The left-handed opening batsman was the first Australian cricketer to be called up for the national team with no first-class cricket experience for around 132 years. Warner was also Australian vice-captain for ODI and Test formats. He represented Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL last year. In 2017, the cricketer was only the fourth player to receive the Allan Border Medal. And he also got the second highest score for the test batsman from Australia.