AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Dale Steyn continued longer-term deals with the Royal Challengers, Super Kings and Sunrisers respectively, but how did the rest size up financially?
Here, we quantify the exact earnings of the 2015 Indian Premier League’s five newly-contracted South Africans on one-year deals. The sums are not derived from a precise science, and don’t necessarily account for tax deductions and contractual sub-clauses, but offer a reasonable rand value to each match played, run scored, six struck and wicket taken.
Albie Morkel (Bought by Delhi Daredevils for R560,000)
Matches: 4, Runs: 86, Wickets: 3, Sixes: 2
Earnings per match: R140,000
Earnings per run: R7,000
Earnings per six: R280,000
Earnings per wicket: R187,000
Chris Morris (Bought by Rajasthan Royals for R2,600,000)
Matches: 11, Runs: 76, Wickets: 13, Sixes: 5
Earnings per match: R236,000
Earnings per run: R34,000
Earnings per six: R520,000
Earnings per wicket: R200,000
David Wiese (Bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for R5,200,000)
Matches: 14, Runs: 122, Wickets: 16, Sixes: 4
Earnings per match: R371,000
Earnings per run: R43,000
Earnings per six: R1,300,000
Earnings per wicket: R325,000
Please note, Rajasthan Royals purchased Rusty Theron for R560,000. He only played one match, though. New Super Kings recruit Kyle Abbott, meanwhile, did not get any game time for the same price. Johan Botha was a belated acquisition for Kolkata Knight Riders, but his post-player auction remuneration was not made public.