Bhajji, Narine only bowlers in IPL’s 50-cr club, speed unrepresented

The Indian Premier League 50 crore club - InsideSport

Spin is the most valued talent after batsmen and all-rounder in the Indian Premier League. IPL’s 50 crore club in MONEYBALL – professional players’ salary calculator from InsideSport – conclusively establishes this fact.

Only 17 players have drawn salary contracts for more than ₹50 crore for 11 seasons of the league – there are 13 batsmen, two all-rounder and two bowlers – Sunil Narine and Harbhajan Singh. No fast bowler in the 11 seasons of the league so far has been able to reach the ₹50 crore mark in salaries.

The IPL 2018 season has taken off over the weekend (April 7 to be precise) with a star-studded opening ceremony. The event saw Bollywood heartthrobs like Jacqueline Fernandez, Hrithik Roshan, Prabhu Deva, Varun Dhawan, Tamannaah Bhatia, among the galaxy of glam world entertainers at the Wankhede Stadium ahead of the season opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

IPL is not just about the run feast, laced with Bollywood entertainment and big marketing, sponsorship and media rights deals. Players’ multi-million deals with franchisees also invoke tremendous interest. The IPL 2018 player auction was watched by 46.5 million cricket lovers.

InsideSport’s MONEYBALL is a unique initiative to provide sportspersons professional salaries and career contractual earnings with all the possible combinations and permutations.

IPL’s ₹50-crore and above earners club in the MONEYBALL offers some interesting numbers. Cricket lovers and sports business fraternity will find these numbers engaging and entertaining. The 2018 auction in January has witnessed awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping deals with many cricketers bought by franchisees far above their base prices.

IPL is among the riches professional leagues globally where the team owners/franchisees shower money to acquire best talents into their fold. The league has created many millionaires and crorepatis over the years.

IPL’s ₹50-crore salary club includes 17 names. As many as 13 batsmen, two genuine all-rounder and two bowlers have earned ₹50 crore or more from their IPL contracts over the years ever since the league was launched in 2008. Professional players salary calculation digital tool has been launched with the compressive salary data of all the 694 players, who have got IPL contracts till date.

The top 50 list includes 11 players from India, 3 from the West-Indies, 2 from South Africa and one player from Australia. The Indian Players included in the list are MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma – the only two to have aggregated over ₹ 100 core in IPL salaries, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik and Harbhajan Singh.

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The foreign cricketers in the list include Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle from West Indies; David Miller and AB de Villiers from South Africa; and Australian all-rounder Shane Watson. Ab de Villiers is the highest earning foreigner in IPL with ₹69.5 crores total salary till date. Below is the complete list of cricketers in the IPL 50 crore salary club.

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