The value of media rights, sponsorship revenues and player salary contracts makes Indian Premier League the richest professional cricket competition in the world.
The cash-rich league has attracted one of the best cricketing talents across the world. IPL auctions held over the years since the inception of the league have proved that franchisees never shy away from spending millions on acquiring and retaining top international talent.
Ever wondered, which country’s players earn the most in IPL? How much do Indian players have earned over the years in the IPL? Other than the Indian players, which country’s players have played the most in IPL? Or, what has been the share of different nations in the IPL player salaries? Or, how many countries have actually been represented in the IPL till date?
The hosts India, as apparent, lead the table for the maximum salary and the maximum number of players in the IPL. A total of 426 players from India have been contracted by the IPL franchises till date. Indian cricketers have earned the largest share of the pie (54.95%) with a total ₹2,354 crores in salaries till date.
After India, Australia has the most players who have played in the league. The 84 Australians have netted ₹653.81 crores is the salaries. This comes to 15.26% of the total IPL salary pool disbursed ever since the inaugural edition in 2008.
With top players including the likes of Ab de Villiers, Chris Morris, David Miller, Quinton de Kock among many others, South Africans hold the third spot in the list with an aggregate ₹428.63 crores in earned salaries. Till date 52 South African cricketers have played in the league, constituting 10.01% of the total salary pool.
West Indies is the 4th in the list with 26 players getting IPL contracts and Sri Lanka at number 5 with the same number of players but less salary in their kitty. Pakistan players have been the most unfortunate as far as IPL salaries are concerned. Other than the first season of the league, when 11 Pakistani players have played the league and earned ₹12.8 crores. They have not been included in the auction pool thereafter.
Nepal became the latest addition to the list after Sandeep Lamichhane was bought by Delhi Daredevils for his base price of 20 Lakhs.