Salary and success, in India, go hand-in-hand. No matter how successful you become, the society will always judge you by ‘how much do you earn?’. Well, all thanks to the annual list of Forbes’ Highest-Paid Celebrities, we know how much our celebrities earn and where they rank in comparison to their counterparts. But when it comes to athletes and cricketers, most of us are not aware about how much our favorite sports-person earn.
The Indian cricketers are amongst the highest paid athletes in the world. As the World Cup is around the corner, the BCCI announced the annual contracts for the Indian cricketers for the season 2018-19, which consists for the period from October 2018 and September 2019.
The pay structure and slabs, like always, are divided into four categories – Grade A+, Grade A, Grade B and Grade C. There have been many changes into the list, with many being ripped off from their contract to the others making it to the list.
Here, in this article, we bring you the annual salaries of our Indian cricketers, have a look:
Salaries Of Indian Cricketers
Grade A+ :
1.Virat Kohli – 7 crores :
The skipper of Indian cricket team retained his Grade A+ contract from last year. He leads our men in blue in all the three formats of the game. Virat Kohli is one of the most consistent players of Indian cricket team and the best batsman around the world.
Well, for your information, Virat Kohli has made it to the list of Highest-Paid athletes’ list for two consecutive years in a row and emerged as the only Indian athlete on the list both the times. From brand endorsements to his annual income – Virat Kohli is at the top of his game and his net worth is no big secret. Last year, he earned Rs.150 crores only through endorsements.
2. Rohit Sharma – 7 crores :
Rohit Sharma also retained his ‘Grade A+’ contract. He is the vice-captain of Indian cricket team in the two limited overs format of the game. Furthermore, he has always led the Indian side as the skipper whenever Virat Kohli was rested.
3. Jasprit Bumrah – 7 crores :
Jasprit Bumrah is surely the best in the business for Indian cricket team at the moment – in all the formats of the game. From having several tricks up his sleeves, being effective with the red-ball and swinging both ways to his powers going up manifolds when he has the white-ball in hand, Jasprit Bumrah gives the top batsmen a run for their money with his exceptional skills and talent. He surely deserves this pay-bracket.
Grade A :
4. MS Dhoni – 5 Crores :
Ever since, MS Dhoni retired from Tests is 2015, he has been on a ‘Grade A’ contract. After struggling and going through a rough last year, MS Dhoni finally found some form while playing in Australia earlier in the year. However, the sad part is, in case he decides to retire after the World Cup 2019, this contract will be his last contract with the BCCI.
5. Ravichandran Ashwin – 5 crores :
Ravichandran Ashwin is India’s main man, when it comes to Test cricket. He has always performed amazingly in the longest format of the game. While he is quite innovative with his game in Test, he has been working on quite a few variations with the white ball as well. But rewarding his consistently amazing performances, BCCI retained his ‘Grade A’ contract, according to which he earns Rs.5 crores per annum.
6. Ravindra Jadeja – 5 crores :
Ravindra Jadeja, the all-rounder of Indian cricket team has been one of the most important members in the longest format of the game. Talking about the limited overs game, he was out of contention but Hardik Pandya’s injury during the Asia Cup 2018 gained him a surprise call and since then, he has been a part of the 50-overs squad for India.
7. Cheteshwar Pujara – 5 Crores :
Cheteshwar Pujara has always played a crucial role for the Indian cricket team in the longest format of the game. He is often referred to as the “modern-day wall” of the game, all because of his exceptional skills, talent and patience level. Pujara retained his ‘Grade A’ contract from last year and earns Rs.5 crores per year.
8. Ajinkya Rahane – 5 crores :
The Indian test Vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane, hasn’t been in the best of his form since last year. Lately, his consistency levels have gone down, raising many questions at him, however, he has always been this crucial player for the Indian team and is extremely hard-working. For the same reason, he was offered ‘Grade – A’ contract by the BCCI.
9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 5 Crores :
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of the most talented and important player of Indian cricket team. He is known for giving the batsmen a run for their money. However, over the last year, several injuries hindered his progress and he was degraded from his ‘Grade A+’ contract to ‘Grade A’ contract this year by the BCCI, changing his per year salary from 7 crores to 5 crores.
10. Shikhar Dhawan – 5 crores :
Another player struggling with his form lately is the ‘Gabbar’ of Indian cricket team. Shikhar Dhawan failed to continue with his consistency thus he was not able to make it upto the test squad. He was therefore, downgraded from ‘Grade A+’ contract to
‘Grade A’ contract this year by the BCCI, changing his per year salary from 7 crores to 5 crores.
11. Ishant Sharma – 5 crores :
Ishant Sharma, the Indian pacer is extremely talented but is struggling to maintain his consistency. But he is performing consistently good in the longest format of the game. Thus, he was upgraded from ‘Grade B’ contract to ‘Grade A’ contract.
12. Mohammad Shami – 5 crores :
Over the last few months, Mohammad Shami has rediscovered his talent and has been performing amazingly. Although, he performs amazingly in the longest format but was earlier ignored in the limited overs game. However, his recent performances will surely change things for him in the upcoming time and we are sure that he has made his space in the World Cup squad. As he is playing in two-formats of the game, he has been in the ‘Grade A’ contract.
13. Rishabh Pant – 5 crores :
Rishabh Pant, the young and very talented keeper-batsman of Indian team has gained a lot of fame already with his amazing performances. He has a long way to go and we are sure, he is going to shine the brightest. He is currently in the ‘Grade A’ contract, earning 5 crores salary per year.
14. Kuldeep Yadav – 5 crores :
Kuldeep Yadav, the Chinaman is making rapid progress in his game and is very talented. His variations with the ball are one of his extraordinary powers. He was upgraded from his ‘Grade B’ contract to ‘Grade A’ contract this year.
Grade – B :
15. KL Rahul – 3 crores :
KL Rahul who had ha blockbuster start in the 2018, had a very rough end to the year. From controversies to having a miserable time on-field, he is struggling hard to maintain his form. He is currently in the ‘Grade B’ contract earning 3 crores per year.
16. Umesh Yadav – 3 crores :
Umesh Yadav is struggling with consistency since a long time now and thus, he has been in ‘Grade B’ contract for quite a long time.
17. Yuzvendra Chahal – 3 Crores :
Yuzvendra Chahal is exceptionally talented, but as per the rotational policy with the spinners, Yuzvendra was not able to play for all the matches in the limited overs game. Also, he doesn’t play in the Test format, therefore, he has been in the ‘Grade B’ contract.
18. Hardik Pandya – 3 crores :
Well, Hardik Pandya has been a crucial player but he played only a few matches, because of his injuries and suspension all thanks to the controversial episode of Koffee With Karan.However, he was able to retain his ‘Grade B’ contract.
Grade – C :
19. Kedar Jadhav – 1 crore :
Ever since he made his debut, Kedar Jadhav has improved his game manifolds. He currently features for India in only form of the game and thus he is a part of the ‘Grade-C’ contract.
20. Dinesh Karthik – 1 crore :
Dinesh Karthik has played some high-quality cricket, unfortunately he hasn’t got as many opportunities as he’d like. The Indian team is already having a high competition among the wicket-keepers with the likes of MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant. Therefore, Dinesh’s role has been limited for the Indian side. His contract was downgraded from ‘Grade B’ to ‘Grade-C’ this year.
21. Ambatti Rayudu – 1 crore :
Ambatti Rayudu is one of the potential candidates for the number four position in the world cup squad. As he features in only game for the Indian cricket team, he is therefore placed in ‘Grade c’ contract.
22. Manish Pandey – 1 crore :
Having played exceptionally amazing at the domestic level, Manish Pandey is all set to make his space in the Indian squad. He is in the ‘Grade-C’ contract of the BCCI.
23. Wriddhiman Saha – 1 crore :
Wriddhiman’s career last year was filled with injuries. He was out of the field for a majority of time. He didn’t feature in even a single international match but has worked hard to regain his fitness. His contract was degraded from ‘Grade- B’ to ‘Grade-C’ contract this year.
24. Khaleel Ahmed – 1 Crore :
Khaleel Ahmed is a work-in-progress. He is quite talented and have played a few matches. He is included in the ‘Grade-C’ contract of the BCCI.
25. Hanuma Vihari – 1 crore :
Hanuma Vihari has represented India in four Tests thus far and has surely a long way to go. He is talented and extremely hard-working. He has been in the ‘Grade-C’ contract of the BCCI.