5. Shardul Thakur (IPL 2021 salary- INR 2.6 Crore)

In international cricket, Shardul Thakur has not only become team India’s multi-format bowler but also a prospective bowling all-rounder. He emerged as the highest T20I wicket-taker for team India in 2020, and left no stone unturned to perform commendably in IPL 2021.

4. Kagiso Rabada (IPL 2021 salary- INR 4.2 crore)

A top-notch entity in the pace bowling club of fab four, one can also surely expect him to cross the 10 crore mark even in the mega auction pool. Hence, despite becoming subservient to his fellow SA teammate Anrich Nortje in terms of his retention, Rabada still might bag an enormous contract in IPL 2022.

3. Harshal Patel (IPL 2021 salary- INR 20 Lakh)

All in all, the 31-year old’s finesse in the death overs is something that is very elusive and won’t be comfortably available once the mega auction starts. Hence, as a capped India player, Harshal Patel will enjoy an exclusive stipulation in his coming IPL endeavour.

2. Rashid Khan (IPL 2021 salary- INR 9.7 crore)

The Afghan cricketer had started his IPL journey with the SRH family in 2017 with a substantial contract of INR 4 crore. Over the years much like his growing wickets tally, the spinner also received a salary hike of almost INR 10 crore till IPL 2021.

1. Avesh Khan (IPL 2021 salary- INR 70 Lakh)

The pacer who was part of the DC franchise since IPL 2018 played a record total of 16 games in the last season. In terms of his performances, Avesh emerged as a leading wicket-taker of the franchise in IPL 2021, scalping 24 wickets at a credible economy of 7.37.