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IPL 2021: MS Dhoni Achieves Rare First In IPL History

The CSK skipper has a salary of Rs 15 crore per season now.

MS Dhoni has entered the record books by becoming the first cricketer to earn over 150 crores in the IPL. He was earning 137 crores till the retention day before IPL 2021 auctions. Post that his salary has been increased yet again. The CSK skipper has a salary of Rs 15 crore per season now. He has been earning the same amount since IPL 2018. The numbers have always increased ever since he was brought first by the franchise back in 2008.

MS Dhoni was roped in for 6 crores for the first time by Chennai Super Kings. He earned the same amount for the next 3 years. In 2011, the BCCI increased the first-choice retention price to over Rs 8 crore. This saw Dhoni draw a salary of Rs 8.28 crore from 2011 to 2013. Ahead of the IPL 2014 mega-auction, the BCCI once again increased the first-choice retention amount. Hence, he earned Rs 12.5 crore in 2014 and 2015. At Rising Pune Supergiant as well, Dhoni had the same salary and drew Rs 25 crore in 2016 and 2017.

Since CSK returned in the IPL back in 2018, Dhoni has already earned 60 crores. Having crossed 150 crores, the CSK skipper is likely to play his last season with the franchise in 2021 before announcing his retirement from the tournament.

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MS Dhoni Beats Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma

Meanwhile, in the race for the costliest Indian player in the IPL, Rohit Sharma has leapfrogged Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma continues to hold a lead over the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s captain. Rohit has so far drawn over Rs 146.6 crore. He has been earning Rs 15 crore per season from MI since 2018.

On the other hand, Kohli has been drawing Rs 17 crore per season since 2018, which sees him sit at the third spot. He has so far earned Rs 143.2 crore by plying his trade in the T20 league. The lead of Rs 2 crore over Rohit and Dhoni has been one of the highlights of Kohli’s IPL career.

All the three franchises will fight it out in the next edition for the much glorified IPL title. Virat Kohli is yet to lay his hands on the title playing for 13 seasons with RCB.

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Anshuman Roy

A cricket and sports enthusiast having previously worked with Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint and now with Cricfit.

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