The Indian Premier League’s ₹100 crore salary club is a very exclusive club which includes players who have crossed the ₹100 crore barrier in career IPL salaries over the years.
The IPL ₹100 crore club has emerged out as a niche of its own. Its exclusivity can be gauged from the fact that only two players till date have been able to reach the ₹100 crore summit with respect to total IPL salaries till date.
IPL franchisees till date have contracted 694 players over 11 years of its existence. Out of these, only Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma have crossed mind-boggling figures of ₹100 crores just through the IPL salaries since the inception of the cash-rich league in 2008.
Dhoni aka Mr. Captain Cool is the highest earning IPL player. He has earned a total of ₹ 107.8 crores in salaries over 11 years in his IPL journey. Dhoni played for Chennai Super Kings for eight seasons. He has played the last two seasons for Rising Pune Super Giants, the time when the Chennai franchisee along with Rajasthan Royals were in their 2-year suspension term.
Dhoni is now back with the yellow army who retained him ₹15 crore for 2018 season. The star keeper-batsmen current season salary saw a hike of 150% from the inaugural edition when he was paid ₹6 crore.
The only other player in the ₹100 crore club is the Mumbai Indian’s captain Rohit Sharma who first started his IPL career with Deccan Chargers. The star batsman has been associated with Mumbai franchisee since 2011 and has netted a total of ₹ 101.6 crores in salaries over the entire IPL career.
Sharma was retained by the Reliance group-owned Mumbai team for ₹ 15 crores in 2018, a 400% jump from the inaugural season salary of ₹3 crores.
The above analysis was done using InsideSport’s Moneyball, a tool to calculate professional salaries of the Indian sports and Indian sports-stars.