The 2021 Indian Premier League resumes in the UAE on Sunday, and it has already witnessed a hectic build-up.
A number of Indian and English players who were involved in the recently, and forcefully, concluded Test series in England due to a worsening Covid situation in the Indian camp have quickly transitioned into T20 mode.
Franchises wasted no time flying their respective players in for mandatory quarantine before the IPL season resumes in Dubai.
Some England players such as David Malan, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes have opted out of the IPL, adding more last-minute drama to an already cacophonous restart.
But the IPL juggernaut rolls on. Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians will kick-start the remainder of the season, which will end just two days before the start of the T20 World Cup being held in the UAE and Oman starting September 19.
Money is the biggest factor when it comes to the IPL, which is why many boards and players bend over backwards to accommodate it. But how much money are we talking about?
In the picture gallery above, you can see the salaries of the Chennai Super Kings players for 2021, according to salarysport.com and moneyball.insidesport.co. To view the next image, click on the arrows or swipe if on a mobile device.
Who is the highest paid star at Chennai Super Kings?
MS Dhoni earns the top salary of 150 million rupees ($2.04m). He has retired from international cricket but is expected to earn the big bucks in franchise cricket for his mastery in the T20 format.
Top 10 highest paid cricketers at CSK in 2021
1. MS Dhoni, 150 million rupees.
2. Suresh Raina, 110m rupees.
3. Krishnappa Gowtham, 92.5m rupees.
4. Ravindra Jadeja, 70m rupees.
4 = Moeen Ali, 70m rupees.
6. Dwayne Bravo, 64m rupees.
7. Sam Curran, 55m rupees.
8. Karn Sharma, 50m rupees.
9. Robin Uthappa, 30m rupees.
10. Shardul Thakur, 26m rupees.