Sam Karan, the most expensive player in IPL history, will play for Punjab Kings this season. Yet, his captain, Shikhar Dhawan, gets paid less than him.
Only a few days remain till the start of the IPL 2023. The teams are prepared, and the first match will be played on March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad between the Chennai Super Kings and the Gujarat Titans. Earlier in December, clubs put large bets on players of their choosing on the day of the auction. It is not uncommon for the captain of the squad to get paid more than the rest of the team. But, this time around in the IPL, the captain’s wage will be lower and the players will be seen playing with more money. Although there are other similar teams, let us focus on the Punjab Kings.
Shikhar Dhawan has been named captain of the Punjab Kings this season, although there are numerous players who earn more money than him.
Shikhar Dhawan was signed by Punjab Kings before to IPL 2022, however that year the franchise delegated captaincy to Mayank Agarwal. The squad’s performance was so terrible that when the preparations for the next season, 2023, began, Mayank Agarwal was ousted as captain and discharged from the club even before the auction. Following that, the team proceeded to the auction with the highest bid and purchased the players of their choosing at extravagant costs.
It was expected that the team would acquire such a player in the auction who may be appointed captain, however the captaincy was granted to Shikhar Dhawan, who arrived in Punjab via the Delhi Capitals. Shikhar Dhawan has previously captained Sunrisers Hyderabad in a few matches, but he lacks experience. As a player, he has no response. Shikhar Dhawan was purchased by Punjab Kings in an earlier auction for Rs 8.25. Nonetheless, the club has included many more costly players than them in this auction.
Sam Karan is one of the players whose income is more than Shikhar Dhawan’s, although Shahrukh Khan’s salary is also higher.
Punjab Kings paid Rs 9 crore for Shah Rukh Khan, however as we previously stated, Shikhar’s pay is just Rs 8.25 crore. On the other side, when it comes to Liam Livingston, he is also paid more than Shikhar Dhawan. At the mini auction, the squad paid Rs 11.50 crore for Liam Livingstone. Punjab Kings have paid Rs 9.25 crore for South Africa’s best player Kagiso Rabada. Let us now tell you how much Sam Karan earns. Sam Karan is the most expensive player in the IPL 2023. Punjab Kings paid Rs 18.50 crore for him. They are not just the most expensive player in IPL history this year.
Now it will be intriguing to see how Shikhar Dhawan and the other pricey players perform in the IPL and whether they are successful in achieving the team’s unfulfilled ambition of winning the IPL.