Uncertainty looms large on the Indian Premier League 2020 as no solution is in sight for the Coronavirus pandemic which has already affected more than two lakh people worldwide. In such a scenario, the icons who were stand to gain the most in terms of lucrative IPL contracts will end up to be the biggest losers in terms of lost opportunity to realise their biggest pay cheques of the year.
The ten highest IPL pay cheques this year will run from ₹ 17 crore to ₹ 11 crores. A total of 13 players have got deals worth ₹ 11 crore or more – aggregating to ₹ 170 crore, or almost 30% of the total IPL pay packet for the season. According to InsideSport Moneyball live professional sports salary calculator, while Team India and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper is IPL’s highest salaried player with a contract of ₹ 17 crore, Pat Cummins would be the highest-paid foreigner if the league schedule is completed. Besides, there are three players in the ₹ 15 crore salary bracket, as many with the expected pay purse of ₹ 12.50 crore and five players with ₹ 11 crore.
If the league fails to find a favourable window due to the Coronavirus threat, the most precious IPL icons will end up to be in the position of biggest disappointment.
InsideSport.co brings to its readers the players, who according to Moneyball salary calculator, face the threat of losing the fattest salary cheques of the IPL:
- Virat Kohli: Team India skipper Kohli has created the record for the highest individual salary in the IPL history for his ₹ 17 crore deal with RCB, the club he has represented through all the 12 seasons of IPL till date and where he has been contracted for the basic ₹ 12 lakh for the first three season. However, steady rise above the ladder has also put Kohli in the top three highest aggregators from IPL with the career revenue of 126.20 crore.
- Pat Cummins : Australian Pat Cummins had shattered all salary records for overseas IPL players as Kolkata Knight Riders acquired him for ₹ 15.5 crore this year. He had to miss the IPL for the past two years and his previous highest IPL deal was a ₹ 4.5 crore contract from Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in 2017.
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni: The highest aggregator in the IPL history with careers= earnings of ₹ 137.84 crore, Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni this year will lose much more than his healthy ₹ 15 crore pay cheque. The former Team India skipper is also eyeing a return to the Blue Brigade for the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia on the basis of his IPL performance.
- Rohit Sharma: Captain Kohli’s deputy in the Indian limited overs team, the Hitman Rohit has an annual ₹ 15 crore deal with Mumbai Indians, the team with the maximum four IPL titles in its closet. Rohit with his aggregate ₹ 131.60 crore IPL earnings is the second-ranked player on the Moneyball Salary calculator.
- Rishabh Pant: Delhi Capitals dashing wicketkeeper-batsman, who has been struggling with form and failed to perform consistently, is the other player with an annual ₹ 15 crore deal. This IPL is crucial for Pant to prove his utility and retain his high price tag as the players will be going under the hammer before the next season of IPL.
- Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, David Warner : The Englishman Stokes along with two leading Australians Smith and Warner is among the overseas players with the second-best IPL salary contracts. If the league fails to take off this year, each of the trio will have a dent worth ₹ 12.5 crore in their annual incomes.
- Suresh Raina, Lokesh Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey and AB de Villiers: There are five players – four Indians and legendary South African de Villiers – in the tied ninth position, as InsideSport jots down the top ten losers in terms of salaries if IPL fails to take off.
With Coronavirus cases rising by the day, there remains little hope to any number of IPL games happening during April-May. The BCCI is considering a July-September window, where many overseas players might not turn up due to their national team commitments. However, if that date is also missed, then the players and all stakeholders are going to feel the financial pinch.