The general perception going around is that Indian cricketers are highest paid sports players in various leagues played in the country. This notion is no longer true because according to a report Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are the highest earning players going around.
As per Indian Sports Salaries Report 2016, which surveyed various leagues, including IPL, Indian Super League (ISL), Hockey India League (HIL) and International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), has indicated that Federer and Nadal are the highest earning athletes with Rs.26 crore plus each for playing in IPTL.
“Cricketers are not the highest paid sports person playing in the Indian leagues. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the highest earning players with Rs 26 crore plus each for playing in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL),” it said according to Press Trust of India.
The report also said that the combined earnings of Federer and Nadal was higher than total salaries paid to players in Pro Kabaddi League, Indian Wrestling League and Premier Badminton League.
“All the players of Hockey League, Badminton League, Wrestling League and Pro Kabaddi League each gets less than Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer alone,” it said.
Even MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Sing, Raina and others are way down in the list of highest earning athletes in Indian leagues.