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Rohit Sharma entered the Mumbai Indians hub in 2011 when the owner of the franchise brought the elegant right-handed batter for 9.2 crores. Since then, the combination of Mumbai Indians and Rohit Sharma has been affluent over the years. Rohit Sharma developed as a player, as a batter, and as a leader as well.
Before every mega auction, the Mumbai-based franchise retained Rohit Sharma without any hesitation or thinking about his whopping price tag, and that thing helped Rohit Sharma join the elite list of the second-most expensive players in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Let’s delve deep into Rohit Sharma’s salary journey with MI.
IPL Salary of Rohit Sharma from 2011 to 2023
|Salary of Rohit Sharma (in INR)
INR 9.2 crores (IPL – 2011–2013)
Blue Army purchased Rohit Sharma for a huge amount of 9.2 crores in the 2011 IPL auction. The dynamic player was quite young at the time and was posing some excellent performances in the tournament year by year, and that was the factor why Mumbai Indians spent that much money on Rohit Sharma.
In his very first season with the Mumbai Indians, he completely justified his price as he went on to make 372 runs in 16 matches while averaging 33.81 with three half centuries. His brilliant performance in his very first season with the Blue Army influenced the team to retain him for the 2012 season at the same price.
He performed even better than the previous edition, as he bagged 433 runs with three half centuries, followed by a staggering century, and registered his highest IPL (109*) score. Rohit Sharma played a pivotal role in helping his team secure third place on the points table and qualify for the playoffs. With two consecutive seasons as a batter, he established himself as the franchise’s prime batter.
For his consistent performance in his first two seasons, he was rewarded with the captaincy of the team for the 2013 season, and in his very first season, he pushed the Mumbai Indians to glory. His performance as a player was even better than the last two seasons. He was the leading run-getter for the team with 538 runs, averaging 38.42, which was his best in the league. He also scored four half centuries while playing in flexible positions.
INR 12.5 crores (IPL – 2014–2017)
In 2014, the IPL salary of Rohit Sharma was increased by 12.5 because he was the main player and skipper of the team who led his team to lift the IPL trophy for the very first time. In 2014, Rohit’s performance as a batter dipped because he batted out of his natural position in the season as he could only bag 390 runs at a lowering average of 30.
But these runs were enough to push his team into the playoffs of the 2014 IPL edition. In the next season, Rohit Sharma raised his performance with 482 runs while averaging 34.42 and helped the Mumbai Indians feel the glory for the second time. After the season, his name was cemented as one of the most successful skippers in the league, equalizing MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir.
In 2016, he blossomed as a batter, attaining his best ever average of 44.45, but failed to mark as a skipper as his team finished at number five in the points table. But till the season, he bloomed the Mumbai-based franchise as the best in the league.
The 2017 season went worst as a batter for the skipper, but he created history when the Mumbai Indians became the first team to lift the trophy for the third time, beating the Rising Pune Super Giants in the finals. After the season, the Blue Army was the most successful team of all time.
INR 15 crores (IPL – 2018–2021)
Hitman’s salary jumped to 15 crores from the 2018 season when he was retained before the 2018 mega auction. With an increase in his salary, his performance decreased, and the team finished at number five. They could not defend their champions tag; in the 2019 season, Hitman raised his standing as a batter to accumulate 405 runs as an opener and aid his team to another IPL title, which was their fourth in history.
His salary remained the same for the next three years as well, and he became one of the richest players in the history of the IPL, followed by MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. In 2020, Mumbai Indians again dominated the season to place another trophy in their cabinet. His stature as skipper was constantly increasing, but somewhere as a batter, he was lacking his form. His batting average never went over 30 in those four years.
INR 16 crores (IPL – 2022-2023)
IPL Salary of Rohit Sharma was once again raised to 16 crores in the 2022 season, when he was again repaid for that much money. As a batter, these two seasons were really the worst phase of his entire career because he looked pretty ordinary as a batter. In 2022, he was averaging 19.14, and in 2023, he was averaging even below 18.40, which is really mind-boggling for a player like Rohit Sharma. This was the main reason why the Blue Army failed to make progress in the previous two seasons.
Rohit Sharma has been one of the highest-paying players since he merged with the Mumbai Indians. He has obtained over 131 crores, which makes him the richest player in the history of the league. His legacy as a captain is beyond that because he has led the Mumbai Indians five times to glory. As a batter, he is ranked 4th in the runs tally of the Indian Premier League. He has scored 6211 runs at an average of 29.57 with one hundred and 42 half centuries.
Hardik Pandya has replaced him as the skipper because he is now aging and has very few years remaining as a player in the league. But still, he is considered the most successful skipper of the Indian Premier League (IPL) of all time.
Indian cricket captain, Rohit Sharma’s highest individual score in One Day Internationals (ODIs) is 264 runs, achieved against Sri Lanka on November 13, 2014, at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
By his fans and teammates, Rohit Sharma is often referred to as “Hitman”.
Rohit Sharma has guided the Mumbai Indians to multiple triumphs in the IPL, clinching the championship title on five occasions.
Commencing his IPL journey with the Deccan Chargers in the inaugural season of 2008, Rohit Sharma subsequently became a crucial member of the Mumbai Indians, contributing significantly to the team’s success.