The IPL auctions will take place within a few days and all the franchises released the lists of released and retained players. Though each franchise can retain 25 players at a maximum sum of Rs.82 crore in total, the remuneration for retained players exceeded Rs.125.1 crore in this season. Here is the list of highest-paid players from the retained ones.
Rashid Khan is the highest paid overseas bowler for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is one of the outstanding world-class spinners and is retained by the franchise for a sum of Rs.9 crore followed by Sunil Narine, Andrew Tye, Chris Morris, and Jofra Archer. Rashid Khan is the most impactful bowler in the shortest format of cricket. Sunil Narine follows him in this list by Rs.8.5 crore for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Hardik Pandya is one of the crucial all-rounders for Mumbai Indians. He is undoubtedly the most expensive all-rounders from India for IPL 2019. He was retained by the franchise for a jaw-dropping sum of Rs.11 crore ahead of other all-rounders like Krishnappa Gautam, Krunal Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja. Krunal Pandya is the second costliest all-rounder from India with a remuneration of Rs.8.8 crore.
He is the highest paid Indian spinner from the retained players for a whopping sum of Rs.7.6 crore. He captained the side of Kings Eleven Punjab for the previous edition and was retained for this edition as well. Yuzwendra Chahal is the second expensive spinner from India with a pay cheque of Rs.6 crore for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Ashwin is ahead of Karn Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav though both of the latter had a considerable experience in playing for their respective sides.
Warner is the highest paid overseas opener with a fat cheque of Rs.12 crore. Though his career fell into trouble by the ball-tampering scandal earlier this year, he is expected to bounce back and beat his own records for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is followed by Chris Lynn with a sum of Rs.9.6 crore. David Warner wants to prove himself in this tournament since it is the only major tournament he can play before the ICC World cup 2019.
He is the highest paid domestic opener from the array of retained players for Mumbai Indians. Undoubtedly he is worthy of the sum of Rs.15 crore. Since he is not successful in the previous edition as the middle order batsman, the franchise might opt to send him as an opener and repeat the magic. KL Rahul follows him with a remuneration of Rs.11 crore and Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane are after him.
Highest paid middle order players
Along with the above list, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, and MS Dhoni are the costliest middle order players in this season with remunerations of Rs.17 crore, Rs.11 crore, and Rs.15 crore respectively. They are followed by Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Suresh Raina, and Dinesh Karthik.
Suresh Raina is the second highest paid middle-order batsman with a sum of Rs.11 crore for Chennai Super Kings, followed by Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant with remuneration of Rs.8 crore. Sanju Samson is retained by Rajasthan Royals and Rishabh Pant will play for Delhi Daredevils.
Highest Paid Overseas All-rounders
Coming to the list of highest paid overseas all-rounders, Ben Stokes tops the list with the sum of Rs.12 crore for Rajasthan Royals and Andre Russell follows him with a pay cheque of Rs.7 crore for Kolkata KnightRiders. Other expensive players in this list are Dwayne Bravo for Chennai Super Kings with an amount of Rs.6.4 crore and Kieron Pollard with a sum of Rs.5.4 crore for Mumbai Indians.
Highest Paid Indian speedsters
Bhuvneshwar Kumar tops this list with a whopping sum of Rs.8.5 crore followed by Jasprit Bumrah from Mumbai Indians and Umesh Yadav from Royal Challengers Bangalore. Bhuvi was the winner of the Purple cap in two consecutive seasons and his swing action allured the franchise to retain him for such huge amount though he is suffering fitness issues right now. He is followed by Jasprit Bumrah for Mumbai Indians at an amount of Rs.7 crore.