The highest run-aggregator in the Indian Premier League has also secured the highest, unprecedented increments in his IPL salaries. His IPL journey is a believe it or not story!
But when the player is Virat ‘run-machine and record-machine’ Kohli, impossible is nothing.
Kohli creates the records never accomplished before, the others find those feats hard to emulate. The records Kohli chases keep crumbling like nine pins. The run-machine’s latest demolition is the record for highest career runs in the IPL – Kohli with his unbeaten 92 against the Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, April 18, became the highest IPL run-getter with 4,619 career runs. He left behind Suresh Raina (4,558 runs).
The Team India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain might not like to remember the knock that resulted in yet another record for him. In spite of contributing over 55% of the RCB total, the innings best knock wasn’t good enough to drive the team home for a much-needed win. The result would matter the most to the man, who has been in the habit of smashing records.
Kohli in the process of accumulating a record 4,619 IPL career runs, has also accomplished several unassailable feats.
IT HAPPENS ONLY WITH VIRAT
- Highest run getter in the IPL – 4,619*
- Highest salaried cricketer in IPL – ₹ 17 crore
- All 11 seasons with one team – RCB
- Highest career rise in IPL salary – 14,166%
- Only player to never be part of IPL auction process
*As on April 18, 2018
Like his career growth, Kohli’s professional journey in the IPL is also phenomenal. His pay cheque from the Royal Challengers Bangalore was a mere ₹ 12 lakh per annum for the first three seasons. It was a time when the other big names like MS Dhoni (₹ 6 crores), Sachin Tendulkar (₹4.48 crore), Yuvraj Singh (₹4.25 crore) and Rohit Sharma (₹ 3 crores) would draw phenomenal salaries. Today, Kohli is the chart-topper with ₹ 17 crore retention deal. Dhoni and Rohit have ₹15 crore contracts with Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
Kohli over the years has registered a steady growth in his IPL fee.
Kohli (career IPL salaries ₹92.2 crore) is currently placed fourth in the overall Insidesport MONEYBALL IPL career salary rankings behind Dhoni (₹107.84 crore), Rohit (₹101.6 crore) and Gautam Gambhir (94.62 crores). His career graph will strongly indicate that the Delhi cricketer is destined to top this table too, sooner or later.