Anything is possible in love, war, and IPL!
IPL showers money and it's nothing that has been hidden from anyone. But, every calendar year when this showcase arrives, it brings with it some sugary chocolates and bitter vegetable juices for the star players to gulp down.
Didn't understand? Well, the 11th edition of IPL will see 578 cricketers going under the hammer and with the expectations sky-rocketing, we already hope to see some heartbreaks. While players like Ben Stokes have touched a handsome Rs 12.5 Crore mark, there is a huge list of unsold players having Chris Gayle, James Faulkner, Murali Vijay, Hashim Amla, Martin Guptill as a few big names on it.
Well, let's not go into the other details and see what our Indian biggies have bagged from the hours of bidding. Also, we tried to give it an interesting flavour by comparing the prices with the money that these cricketers cum 'Rich-eters' earn all year long through BCCI contracts and brand endorsements.
Here you go...
The man whose moustache hits more runs than his bat if we consider the endorsement play, is actually making it big in the business market. SRH retained him in this year's IPL and hopes of the franchise will again remain high from him. Let us have a look at his income breakdown...
BCCI grading: C (50 Lakh)
IPL 2018 price: 5.2 Crore (SRH)
Brand endorsement fee: 75 Lakh to 1 Crore a year
The new wall in the Indian cricket is a gentleman in all its glory and Rajasthan had to use RTM card to save him going away with Kings XI who brought him earlier.
BCCI grading: A (2 Crore)
IPL 2018 price: 4 Crore
Brand endorsement fee: 2.5 Crore (Audi, BMW, and Volvo)
Gautam Gambhir has returned to his old home Delhi Daredevils after winning two titles for KKR as a captain. The man is in form if his 1st class matches are to be considered and we hope he can turn DD's fate with that.
BCCI grading: Not on the list
IPL 2018 price: 2.8 Crore (fairly above his base price of 2 Cr)
Brand endorsement fee: 4.9 Crore
The Indian all-rounder returns to his old favourite and Preity Zinta's Kings XI and the fans are positive that his fresh start with the old mates would bring his form back on the track.
BCCI grading: B (1 Crore)
IPL 2018 price: 2 Crore
Brand endorsement fee: 7.5 Crore (Audi Q5, LG Electronics, Puma Products, Revital, Royal Stag Soda, Xbox 360... to name a few)
MS Dhoni and his super-strategic mind found Harbhajan Singh fitting for his CSK side (the franchise making a comeback after the ban). Although the man was brought on the base price, the stakes here are high.
BCCI grading: Not on the list.
IPL 2018 price: 2 Crore (on the base price)
Brand endorsement fee: 30-40 lakh (3-4 million) a year. He has endorsed brands like Reebok, Royal Stag Whisky to name a few.
The man himself is all set to once again lead his old favourite CSK. In a recent interview, Dhoni said that he counts Chennai as his second home and there can be no better feeling than having come back to his old yellow jersey (of course when it's about IPL).
BCCI grading: A (Because A++ was not available)
IPL 2018 price: He has been retained by CSK as the captain and the exact amount is yet to be disclosed.
Brand endorsement fee: 3-3.5 Crore
The newly-wed Indian captain and the one who beats even the likes of Lionel Messi when it comes to marking his brand value in the market, has touched the clouds yet again. Kohli, Smith, and De Villiers were retained by RCB for some obvious reasons.
BCCI grading: A (Obviously)
IPL 2018 price: 17 Crore
Brand endorsement fee: 5 Crore/day (So, if a brand wants to get him for 3-4 days in a year, he ends up getting a sum of 20 Crore)
In his recent tweet, Ashwin compared IPL with a casino, and I think he very easily lost his bet this time. The man first lost his place with CSK and then got sold at the base price.
BCCI grading: A (2 Crore)
IPL 2018 price: 7.6 Crore
Brand endorsement fee: Ashwin has endorsed brands such as Ramraj Linen, Moov Spray. The endorsement fee is 3 Crore for each year of the contract.
The guy was already trending for his name being attached to that of Elixir Nahar, but the humongous sum that he has bagged has become an even bigger matter of debate.
BCCI grading: B
IPL 2018 price: 11 Crore
Brand endorsement fee: He endorses Cure.fit for now.
Being a KKR favourite since the beginning, the man went to SRH with a crazy sum that raised many eyebrows.
BCCI grading: C
IPL 2018 price: Rs 11 Crore
Brand endorsement fee: Not available
The news shocked many when KXIP brought Karun at a sum much higher than his base price.
BCCI grading: C
IPL 2018 price: Rs 5.6 Crore
Brand endorsement fee: He signed his first brand endorsement deal with Bengaluru-based techie home solution brand, DNI Home Theatre.
The eleven-man team as you see has got its '$' news and a lot many names are to get added in just a day.
NOTE- Every figure mentioned in the story represents 'Rupees'.