Since its inaugural edition in 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has emerged as one of the greatest platforms for budding cricketers across the globe to prove their worth and become a household name.
Besides being the biggest money spinner of India, IPL has always provided the best possible entertained for cricket fans all over the world. However, as the money factor has played a huge role in the auctions as they have been getting bigger with every season. During the inaugural auctions, former Indian skipper MS Dhoni fetched ₹6 crores to become the highest paid cricketer of the season. The figure has almost been tripled when Virat Kohli was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for a whopping sum of ₹17 crore for the eleventh edition of the tournament.
Most of the highest earned cricketers in the history of IPL are only the leading Indian cricketers. Almost every single time they lived up to their massive billing as all the top 5 highest run-scorers are also the big names in Indian cricket.
With the increasing importance of the runs and money in IPL, let us have a look at the cost of each run scored by the top 5 highest run-scorers in the history of the tournament.
1. Robin Uthappa – ₹1.75 Lakhs/Run
Robin Uthappa has always been one of the stalwarts of the IPL as he has been known for his free-flowing stroke play. He has been a part of this showpiece event since its inaugural edition in 2008. He has represented Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2008 and RCB in 2009 before being bought by Pune Warriors in 2011. Uthappa moved to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2014 and has been plying his trade for them since then.
The elegant batsman is currently the fifth highest run-scorer in the tournament. He has In his IPL carer, Robin has played 185 games and scored 4129 runs at an average of 28.67 and a strike rate of 131.71. In terms of earnings from the tournament, Utthapa takes the ninth position with total earnings of ₹72.27 crores.
Thus Uthappa has fetched ₹1.75 lakhs for each run he scored in the tournament. The Karnataka batsman has been retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders for ₹6.4 crores this season.