MS Dhoni is way behind Sachin Tendulkar when it comes to earnings but the Indian skipper is fast catching up. Like Dhoni, Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh have moved rapidly up the order and now occupy the third and fourth slots.
Harbhajan Singh was at No.5 on the list three years ago, but his Punjab team-mate Yuvraj has nudged him out of the top slots.
The data also suggests that the IPL has not made as big a difference to the taxable income of these players as you might expect.
In Dhoni’s case, for instance, his annual fees of Rs 6 crore from the T20 league should have added about Rs 2 crore to his tax liability.
However, his actual tax outgo has risen by only Rs 1.3 crore between 2007-08 and 2008-09. The same pattern holds for most of the others as well. Clearly, endorsement earnings remain the mainstay for most of them.