The Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been the cornerstone of the Royal Challengers Bangalore side for years now. Despite putting up average numbers in the first two seasons, Kohli is still the highest run-scorer in the tournament’s history. He has been a part of 177 IPL matches, aggregating 5,412 runs at a phenomenal average of 37.84. The right-hander has worked a lot on his hitting technique, which is why his strike rate has improved a lot too. The Delhi-born superstar holds the record for slamming the most hundreds in a single IPL season. Kohli’s extraordinary performances made it a no-brainer for RCB to retain him, even at the price of INR 17 crore.
On the contrary, Rohit Sharma is the reason Mumbai Indians can brag about being the most successful team in IPL history. The Mumbai-born batsman joined the team in 2011, and before that MI had never won the tournament. However, since Rohit was made the captain in 2013, the franchise has won the IPL trophy four times. Apart from being a skilful captain, the right-handed batsman has also been phenomenal as a player in the 12 years of the IPL. Not surprisingly, the Mukesh Ambani-owned franchise has kept him in their squad at INR 15 crore.
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