Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

IPL 2022: Though Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) retained its former skipper Virat Kohli in IPL 2022 players retention the franchise offered him a salary with a pay cut of INR 2 crores from his previous tournament.

Why Virat Kohli Reduced His Salary?

RCB retained only three players, the highest they could pay Kohli – according to IPL salary-cap rules – is 15 crore, which is lower than his previous IPL salary of 17 crores.

Parthiv, who has played a lot with Kohli not only for India but also for RCB in the IPL, said the talismanic right-hander would not have minded a deduction in his IPL salary as it would give his side some extra push during the mega auction ahead of IPL 2022.

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“Virat Kohli has taken a pay cut for the larger interest of the team. We all know how good a player he is and how good a leader he is. So he has definitely done this so that RCB can have just that little extra in the auctions,” Parthiv said on Star Sports during the IPL retention.

PlayerRolePrice(In Crores)
Virat KohliBatsmanINR 15 CR
Glenn MaxwellAll-rounderINR 11 CR
Mohammed SirajBowlerINR 7 CR


RCB Purse Value for IPL 2022 Mega Auction

Following are the details of the purse value of RCB post the IPL 2022 player’s retention:

TeamPurse Reaming
Players Retained
Royal Challengers Bangalore57 CR3


Kohli, who has been leading RCB for the last 9 editions of the IPL, decided to step down from his post after this year’s tournament. The decision came a few weeks after he had announced his intentions of not continuing as India’s T20I captain after the World Cup.

Kohli is one of the very few players who has played for only one franchise ever since the inception of IPL.

The India captain was picked up by RCB from the auction pool in the inaugural edition in 2008 after a successful U19 World Cup, in which Kohli led India to victory and since then he has been an integral part of the set-up.