They are the million dollar babies of the Indian Premier League (IPL). They have clinched deals of over $1 million without even being directly involved. Just their names and reputations have earned them the distinction of belonging to the million dollar club of IPL players.
As they laugh all the way to the bank, we ask the question - just who are these millionaires and how much are their runs worth? Given that each player will play a minimum of 14 games in the IPL's fourth edition and dividing their pay-checks by their batting (or bowling) averages in domestic Twenty20 cricket, we have come up with just how much each run they score will be worth.
Gautam Gambhir tops the chart of the most expensive buys in the IPL auction this year, going for a whopping $2.4 million to the Kolkata Knightriders. The feisty opening batsman possess a batting average of 28.36, which translates to $6,044.73 per run that he will score.
Yusuf Pathan was also grabbed by the Kolkata Knightriders for an exorbitant sum of $2.1 million. He is the man with the highest strike rate in the League at 163.20, miles ahead of his rivals. Pathan has a batting average of 24.60 which means each run that he scores will be worth $6,097.56 this season.
Robin Uthappa has had a prosperous time for three straight years with the Bangalore Royal Challengers, but nowshifts base to Pune, which will hand him a pay-check of $2.1 million. At a batting average of 24.63, his runs each weigh $6,090.13.
Rohit Sharma has had a wishy-washy time with the Deccan Charges so far but now the Mumbai Indians have forked out $2 million to draw him into their fold, perhaps signalling a fresh start and a successful new stint. With a batting average of 33.25, his runs will be worth $4,296.46 each.
Irfan Pathan's runs come a little cheaper than his brother Yusuf's. Picked up by the Delhi Daredevils for 1.9 million, and possessing an average of 22.72, Irfan will be returning runs at the rate of $5,973.34 each.
Yuvraj Sigh, the powerful middle order bat who was hitherto a mainstay of the Kings XI Punjab has been
purchased by the Sahara Pune Warriors for 1.8 million. With a batting average of 26.27, he will take $4,894 per run he scores in the League this year.
Jharkhand resident Saurabh Tiwary was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for 1.6 million and with a batting average of 31.92 in domestic Twenty20, he will scoring runs at $3,581.38 each.
Sri Lankan dynamo Mahela Jayawardene was picked up by Team Kochi for $1.5 million and with an batting average of 30.77, he will be returning runs at $3,482.06 each.
David Hussey, the Australian middle-order powerhouse, went to the Delhi Daredevils for $1.4 million. His batting average is 33.02, which implies his runs will cost $3,028.47 each this season.
Meanwhile, pace sensation Dale Steyn was purchased by the Deccan Chargers for $1.2 million. His bowling
average of 24.16 means that each run he concedes will cost $3,547.78.
His compatriot and team-mate Jacques Kallis was picked up by the Kolkata Knightriders for the same price of $1.2 million. At a batting average of 34.70, Kallis will be making runs at $2,470.15 a piece.
Spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan went to Team Kochi for $1.1 million. He certainly has a knack of picking up wickets, but at a bowling average of 18.23, he will be going for $4,310.00 per run that he gives away.
South African batting maestro A B de Villiers was snapped up the Royal Challengers Bangalore for 1.1 million as well. He averages 28.50 with the bat, which means that each of his runs will be worth $2,754.06.
Australia's Twenty20 captain Cameron White, was bought by the Deccan Chargers for $1.1 million. At his batting average of 32.13, he will be making runs at the rate of $2,445.42 each.
Finally, hard-hitting New Zealand middle-order batsman Ross Taylor, became a part of the Rajasthan Royals for exactly $1 million. At his average of 33.00, each of his runs will cost $2,164.50.