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IPL 2022: How much do top Indian batsmen earn per six?

IPL 2022 saw some big changes. The entry of two new teams Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans as well as the mega auction saw many familiar names, who had become synonymous with certain franchises for a number of years, rebranding themselves  now with entirely new teams. But the big guns, top stars of Indian and international cricket were retained as usual by their franchises, most of them for a over a dozen crores each.

Last week, MI’s Suryakumar Yadav hit the 200th six of the season in the 27th innings of IPL. This equals the record for the fastest 200 sixes in a single edition of IPL, the previous occasion being 2018 where a double century of sixes also occurred in first innings of the 14th match. There has been some tremendous batting so far, and 18-year-old Dewald Brevis hit the biggest six of the season so far, a monster shot spanning 112m.

We came up with an interesting exercise – what’s the monetary value of each six hit by certain players so far, based on their season’s earnings? We divided their season’s earnings by 14 (the number of league games per team) to get their earnings per match, and used that figure to see what each of their sixes has cost so far.

Based on that, let’s take a look at the cost of each maximum hit by some of the top earning retained players this season.

7. Sanju Samson – 10 IPL sixes in 5 matches, Rs. 50 lakh per six so far

Salary per match (assuming 14 games): Rs. 1 crore per match

Matches played so far: 5

Sixes hit: 10

Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson was retained by his franchise for 14 crores. Samson started out the tournament looking lethal, but his scores have slipped in the recent matches after he made a top score of 55. He has hit nine sixes so far in four innings, and scored a total of 117 runs batting at a strikerate of 148.10. According to calculations, his ten maximums can be valued at Rs. 50 lakh each.

6. Rohit Sharma – 6 IPL sixes in 5 matches, Rs. 95.23 lakh per six so far

Salary per match (assuming 14 games): Rs. 1.14 crore per match

Matches played so far: 5

Sixes hit: 6

Mumbai Indians and all-format Indian skipper Rohit was retained by his franchise for 16 crores. Captain Rohit has been trying to lead from the front, but despite playing some beautiful strokes hasn’t been able to cross a high-score of 41. He has hit six sixes so far in five innings, and scored a total of 108 runs batting at a strike rate of 133. According to calculations, each of his maximums can be valued at Rs. 95,238 each.

5. Rishabh Pant – 4 IPL sixes in 4 matches, Rs. 1.14 crore per six so far

Salary per match (assuming 14 games): Rs. 1.14 crore per match

Matches played so far: 4

Sixes hit: 4

Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant was retained by his franchise for 16 crores. Pant seems to be weighed down with responsibilities, his natural game suffering as a result and he’s managed a top score of 43 so far. He has hit four sixes so far in four innings, and scored a total of 110 runs batting at a strike rate of 135.80. According to calculations, each of his six maximums can be valued at Rs. 1.14 crore each.

4. KL Rahul – 5 IPL sixes in 5 matches, Rs. 1.21 crore per six so far

Salary per match (assuming 14 games): Rs. 1.21 crore per match

Matches played so far: 5

Sixes hit: 5

Lucknow Super Giants drafted KL Rahul as their first ever skipper into their squad for 17 crores. Rahul is yet to display the outstanding form of the last four IPL seasons, but showed what he is capable of with an innings of 68, his top score so far. He has hit five sixes so far in five innings, and scored a total of 132 runs batting at a strike rate of 128.16. According to calculations, each of his six maximums can be valued at Rs. 1.21 crore each.

3. MS Dhoni – 3 IPL sixes in 5 matches, Rs. 1.42 crore per six so far

Salary per match (assuming 14 games): Rs. 85.71 lakh per match

Matches played so far: 5

Sixes hit: 3

Former Chennai Super Kings and India skipper MS Dhoni was retained by his franchise for 12 crores. MSD has turned back the clock with year with some vintage shots, and scored his first IPL fifty since 2019. He has hit three sixes so far in five innings, and scored a total of 92 runs batting at a strikerate of 117.95. According to calculations, each of his three maximums can be valued at Rs. 1.42 crore each.

2. Virat Kohli – 2 IPL sixes  in 5 matches, Rs. 2.67 crore per six so far

Salary per match (assuming 14 games): Rs. 1.07 crore per match

Matches played so far: 5

Sixes hit: 2

Former Royal Challengers Bangalore and India skipper Virat Kohli was retained by his franchise for 15 crores. Kohli has struggled to find touch this season, with a string of below-par scores and a top score of 48. He has hit two sixes so far in five innings, and scored a total of 107 runs batting at a strike rate of 132.10. According to calculations, each of his two maximums can be valued at INR 2.67 crore each.

1. Ravindra Jadeja – 2 IPL sixes in 5 matches, Rs. 2.85 crore per six so far

Salary per match (assuming 14 games): Rs. 1.14 crore per match

Matches played so far: 5

Sixes hit: 2

Newly appointed Chennai Super Kings skipper Ravindra Jadeja was retained by his franchise for 16 crores. Jadeja has not yet shown glimpses of being the breezy finisher of old, and has managed a top score of 26 not out. He has hit two sixes so far in five innings, and scored a total of 66 runs batting at a strike rate of 117.86. According to calculations, each of his two maximums can be valued at Rs. 2.85 crore each.

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