New Delhi: Former captain of Team India Mahendra Singh Dhoni has achieved another big milestone. Dhoni has now become the first player in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to earn more than Rs 150 crore. With the increase of contract with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL, Dhoni received Rs 15 crore as salary and his earnings crossed 150 crore. His total earnings till the contract was 137 crores.
It is noteworthy that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the most expensive player sold in the IPL 2008 auction. That year, he was bought by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for 6 crores and made him their captain. After this, his salary remained the same for the next three years. In 2011, the BCCI raised the retention price to Rs 8 crore. Subsequently, Dhoni’s salary in the IPL between 2011 and 2013 was Rs 8.28 crore.
Prior to the IPL 2014 mega auction, the BCCI once again decided to increase the retention price fixed for the players. Due to which Dhoni earned 12.5 crores every year in 2014 and 2015 from IPL. Due to the ban on Chennai Super Kings, Dhoni played for the Rising Pune Supergiants in both the 2016 and 2017 IPL seasons. During this time his salary was 25 crores. Three-time IPL winner Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has earned Rs 60 crore since CSK’s return to the league in 2018.