The Indian Premier League is known to be a tournament where players like AB de Villiers are paid in full for the performances they give during the course of the tournament. But, there are players who have managed to earn way more than what AB de Villiers’ contract, valued at Rs. 11,00,00,000 is able to get him. Here’s a look at the name of 8 such players who earn more than AB de Villiers in IPL 2021.
Glenn Maxwell (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
AB de Villiers’ teammate in the Indian Premier League, Glenn Maxwell broke many of the auction records when he was bought by the Bangalore-based franchise for a sum of Rs. 14,25,00,000. Maxwell’s bowling abilities, coupled with his batting prowess make him the extremely expensive player he turned out to be in the auction, and the team’s captain, Virat Kohli, and the rest of the team management would be looking to utilize those when the teams play during the tournament, trying to fill in the void that Moeen Ali left when he was picked up by the Chennai Super Kings.
Kyle Jamieson (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
When it came down to buying overseas players, the Royal Challengers Bangalore looked to be all out with some of the more expensive buys of the auction coming in from their table. And, amongst one of those players was Kyle Jamieson of New Zealand, who was picked up by the team for a sum of Rs. 15,00,00,000. Jamieson, as young he is, has shown his mettle at the highest level, by taking the wickets of some of the most talented batsmen in the most spectacular fashions while playing for the New Zealand cricket team. His new IPL franchise, the Royal Challengers Bangalore would want him to come in with a similar form, given the fact that they have paid him more than AB de Villiers, one of the star players on the side.
Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders)
One of the most iconic players of the Indian Premier League, Sunil Narine has been the player that the Kolkata Knight Riders would pay any amount to keep him with them, given the fact that he has been a pillar of the team. Having played in 120 matches, where he has taken 127 wickets and scored 892 runs in total, he is one of those players who can mix into any team of the franchise, giving them the worth of their money, at any given time. And given the fact that he is being paid more than another one of the icons of the tournament, AB de Villiers, shows how important of a player he has come to be for the two-time IPL Champions, the Kolkata Knight Riders. His remuneration is RS 12,50,00,00.
Chris Morris (Rajasthan Royals)
The Rajasthan Royals, like their Bangalore based counterparts, had a field day when it came to spending money in the auction of the Indian Premier League for the 2021 edition of the tournament. They bought the South African pacer bowling all-rounder, Chris Morris for a record-breaking sum of Rs. 16,20,00,000, making him the most expensive player to have ever been sold in the history of IPL, surpassing the likes of AB de Villiers and others, who in their time were considered to be ‘expensive’ players, with their contracts placed at a much lower sum. After a disastrous run in the last season of the tournament, the Rajasthan Royals would be hoping for a change in their fortunes, with players like Morris coming into their fray.
Ben Stokes (Rajasthan Royals)
The ace all-rounder of the Rajasthan Royals, the one who has been taking the world of cricket by storm, with his excellent all-round abilities, Ben Stokes is another player who surpasses ‘Mr 360’ when it comes to their IPL contracts.
Stokes has proven his abilities as an excellent contributor with both the bat and the ball in hand at the highest level but is yet to live up to his potential in the Indian Premier League. But, given the fact that his franchise, the Rajasthan Royals have shown a lot of faith in his abilities by retaining him at an amount of Rs. 12,50,00,000, he would definitely try his best and perform to the best of his abilities, giving his owners, the worth of their money.
Jhye Richardson (Punjab Kings)
The Australian all-rounder, Jhye Richardson turned heads when he burst onto the international scene and is all ready to do so again, as he gears up to play this season of the Indian Premier League for the Punjab Kings.
Previously known as the Kings XI Punjab, the team that has so far managed to make it to only one final of the Indian Premier League so far will be having their hopes pinned on Richardson, to be one of the players who would carry the team to the finals of the tournament again and this time return as the victors of the tournament. Even Jhye Richardson would want to prove mettle, not only to cement his place in his IPL franchise, but also the national team which would be travelling down to India, later this year to play the T20 World Cup. His remuneration in IPL 2021 is RS 14,00,00,00.
David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
The captain of one of the most beloved franchises of the tournament, the Sunrisers Hyderabad, David Warner earns a sum of Rs. 12,50,00,000, which is much higher than our player in focus, AB de Villiers. Warner, after a year-long hiatus, made a comeback in such a spectacular fashion that the management of the Sunrisers Hyderabad had no other option than to make him the captain of the side again, replacing the Kiwi Batsman, Kane Williamson.
Under Warner’s captaincy, last season, SRH advanced to the playoffs, where they were ousted from the tournament. And, given the way Warner is known to play, bringing his 200 percent every time he steps onto the field, he would be out there looking for redemption and potentially win the tournament for his team.
Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Warner’s teammate from the Australian team, Pat Cummins was the most expensive buys of the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League, rushing past the numbers of players like AB de Villiers and the like, as his contract fetched him a total of Rs. 15,50,00,00,000.
Cummins was not able to show his true potential as a bowler in that edition of the tournament as the change in venue to the UAE got the better of him, and he ended up underperforming compared to what had been expected of him. But, coming into IPL 2021, he would be looking to give his best and make the decision of his owners to retain him for such a massive amount, worth it.