Cricket is the most followed sports in India. And in a country that is home to some 1.3 billion individuals, that can be economically rewarding. Talking in numbers, the Board of Cricket Control in India is estimated to have a net revenue of over ₹ 2,146 crores according to Times of India. The main sources of income include broadcasting rights and sponsorship rights for both international games and Indian Premier League. This makes BCCI arguably the richest cricket institution in the world.
Quite naturally, considering the boards’s immense turnover, it is capable of financing its cricketers with cool compensation. In fact, Indian cricketers are one of the highest paid cricketers in the world.
However, did you ever wonder how much Virat Kohli and Company make per annum? Well, we are here to help. The BCCI launched its the categorized salary package for Indian cricketers only last year. It divides the total contracted Indian players into four categories Grade A+, Grade A, Grade B, and Grade C. The division is based on the players’ ability, age, frequency of appearance and importance in the national cricket team among other factors.
Here is the complete analysis of Indian cricketers salary:
1The Grade A+ Club: ₹ 7 Crores
Virat Kohli is easily finds a place amongst the world’s best batsman of all time. His influence on the Indian cricket has been unprecedented. The eminent cricketer had a landmark season in 2018 where he amassed 2735 international runs and became the fastest batsman to cross 10,000 runs in International Cricket. Kohli then went on to have a clean sweep at the ICC’s annual award ceremony, winning Sir Garfield Sobers’ Cricketer of the year awards amongst others.
ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year ✅
ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year ✅
ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year ✅
Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year ✅
Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year ✅
— ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019
Rohit Sharma gains a place here owing to his unparalleled batting talent, and immense leadership qualities amongst others. The Mumbai-based batsman is rightfully considered as one of the most elegant batsmans around.
Jasprit Jasbirsingh Bumrah is arguably the No.1 ODI fast bowler around the world at the moment. He has the ability to consistently bowl at 140–145 kilometers per hour making him one of the fastest bowlers in India. He also specializes in bowling in-swinging yorker deliveries. And at the age of 26, it is not surprising why he finds a place here.
2The Grade A Club: ₹ 5 Crores
MS Dhoni captained the Indian national team from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. He guided India to the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup along with the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy among many others. Although his form may be diminishing over time due to ageing, he still remains an influential figure in the dressing room.
Since his ODI debut in 2010, Shikhar Dhawan has been a mainstay in India’s opening juggernaut alongside Rohit Sharma. The left-handed batsman is the fastest Indian to reach 3,000 ODI runs. In December 2017, he became the 2nd fastest Indian to reach 4000 ODI runs. Dhawan also holds the record for most runs in a calendar year in Twenty20 International cricket.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is an Indian international cricketer who plays all formats of the game who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. He is a right-arm medium-fast bowler who swings the ball both ways efficiently, with his inswingers more effective than outswing, especially adept at creating a late swing, and a useful lower order right-handed batsman.
Ashwin is a bowler who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm off the breaker. He is the fastest Indian bowler (also in some records the fastest in the world) to reach the 50-, 100-, 150-, 200-, 250- and 300-wicket mark in Test cricket. In 2016, he became the third Indian to win the ICC Cricketer of the Year award.
Jadeja is an all-rounder, a left-handed middle-order batsman, and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He represents Saurashtra in first-class cricket and the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
Cheteshwar Pujara is the ultimate go to player when it comes to Test cricket for Indian national team. A right-handed batsman, he made his first-class debut for Saurashtra in December 2005 before made his International Test debut in October 2010 at Bangalore. Known for his excellent stamina and timing, Pujara is undoubtedly an important part of Indian Test team.
Like Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane is an important constituent of India’s test team. The Mumbai-based batsman primarily plays as a middle-order batsman in the Test format. He is presently the Captain of the Indian cricket team in Test cricket. He plays for Rajasthan Royals in IPL.
Kuldeep started as a fast bowler at academy level. His coach advised him to become a rare “left-arm chinaman” bowler considering his build. Since then, he has never looked back. Yadav was part of the India Under-19 cricket team in the 2014 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup. There, he took a hat-trick against Scotland which brought him into the limelight. Today, Yadav is seen as one of the most important bowlers in the Indian team.
Other players in this category are Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Shami, and Ishant Sharma.
3The Grade B Club: ₹ 3 Crores
Rahul is a top-order batsman and occasional wicket-keeper, he plays for India internationally, Karnataka in the domestic circuit and Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.
Umesh Yadav currently plays for Vidarbha cricket team and Indian national team. A right-arm fast-medium bowler, Yadav has played for Vidarbha at the domestic level since 2008 and is the first player from the team to have played Test cricket.
Hardik Pandya is arguably the country’s best all-rounder at the moment. The 25-year-old bats right-handed and bowls right-arm fast-medium. Recently, he was suspended for a brief time by The BCCI over his controversial comments on the Indian TV show Koffee with Karan and had to miss five ODI matches. Nonetheless, Pandya is considered among the most crucial players for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.
4The Grade C Club : ₹ 1 Crores
He is primarily a right-handed middle-order batsman representing Karnataka in domestic cricket and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. Pandey played as an opening batsman for his first IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore. He became the first Indian player to score a century in the IPL in 2009 Indian Premier League.
He is a batting all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm off-breaks and occasionally keeps wicket. In the Indian Premier League, he plays for the Chennai Super Kings, having previously played for Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
Dinesh Karthik is the senior replacement wicket-keeper for MS Dhoni. The Chennai-based cricketer, who captains Kolkata Knight Riders, is known for his finishing innings. Having made his ODI debut in 2004, Karthik is an important part of the Indian cricket team.
Other players in this category are Ambati Rayudu, Hanuma Vihari, Khaleel Ahmed
and Wriddhiman Saha.
The above mentioned BCCI Player Contracts is valid from October 2018 to September 2019. It will certainly hike further after that.