Indian men’s cricketers’ current salary structure
Indian men’s cricketers are the richest sportsmen in the country. BCCI has over the years have looked after their monetary aspect strongly. The players also earn from endorsements and IPL cricket.
We can have a look at the Indian men’s cricketers’ current salary structure grade-wise :
Grade A plus : 7 crores
Virat Kohli: The Indian captain with 12000 plus international runs and a great captaincy record across formats is at the top Grade for obvious reasons. His consistency and temperament have put him on a different pedestal.
Rohit Sharma: His recent elevation as a test match opener has catapulted him to Grade A plus bracket. Now Rohit is indispensable across formats and is doing very well as a test match opener.
Jasprit Bumrah: The go-to bowler for India in all formats. Within touching distance of 100 test wickets and indispensable for other formats. Hence falls into the 7 crores Grade A plus category.
Grade A 5 crores
Grade A consists of players who have a presence in most formats but generally excels in one or two of the formats.
Ravi Ashwin: Ashwin is in the form of his life in test cricket. His impact in the Australian series followed by his 32 wickets in 4 tests vs England and also a test century has put him in the Grade A category
Ravindra Jadeja: Jadeja is a big factor in tests as well as in shorter versions and playing more as a full-fledged allrounder now. Hence grade A for him
Cheteshwar Pujara: Pujara is indespensible in test format with stellar shows in Australia. Had some issues with the form recently but still good enough for 5 crore package.
Ajinkya Rahane: Similar standing as Pujara. the vice-captain of the test team and one of the highest run-getters in the last WTC cycle.
Shikhar Dhawan: Still indispensable in odi format and performs in ICC events consistently. Hence continues to feature in the 5 crore category.
KL Rahul: Inspite of periodic form issues, Rahul has been an integral part of white-ball formats. Now he has started again to find some feet in Test cricket in England. Is currently in the 5 crores category with the potential to go further.
Rishabh Pant : Has started to perform well across formats. His batting skills in Australia has helped the team to win a big test series. Like Rahul, he is in the 5 crore bracket but has the potential to progress further.
Mohammed Shami: A performer in all formats but doing better in test cricket currently. He will continue to be an important member of the bowling attack and hence is in the 5 crore bracket.
Ishant Sharma: Like Pujara and Rahane, he is focussing on test cricket and continues to churn up impact spells. The senior bowler in the team will be in the 5 crore bracket
Hardik Pandya: Injuries is affecting his career but a great performer in white-ball formats and a match-winner. Hence in the 5 crore bracket.
Grade B 3 crores
Wriddhiman Saha: Pant’s performance with the bat has pushed Saha to the 2nd keeper’s spot. However still a fine keeper for India. Salary 3 crores.
Umesh Yadav: Umesh is mostly considered for test cricket but has got limited opportunities in recent months due to the superior performances of others. Salary 3 crores.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Injury issues halted his career but now back in the white-ball formats and performed well vs England. A very skilled performer. Is put under Grade B : 3 crores.
Shardul Thakur: Had a great last 7 months since the famous Gabba test in which he took 7 wickets and scored 67. His stocks are on the rise. Currently in the 3 crores bracket.
Mayank Agarwal: Preferred in test cricket. Has seen success and failures in equal measure after a great start as opener. Falls under 3 crores category.
Grade C . Rs 1 crore
10 players fall in this category. Few of them struggling for form or injury. Some of them are ready to make further progress.
Kuldeep Yadav: His form has been patchy the last couple of seasons. Had a better Sri Lanka tour but needs to keep up the consistency. Hence Salary in the 1 crore bracket
Navdeep Saini: Yet to take international cricket by storm. Had played in a handful of matches and has yet to make a big impact. Injuries hampering his participation. Hence in the 1 crore bracket.
Shubman Gill: Had a fantastic debut test series in Australia. Hence got into the Rs 1 crore salary bracket and ready for further progress.
Hanuma Vihari : So far his biggest contribution is batting with a torn hamstring at SCG and saving the test. Got limited opportunities. Hence falls in 1 crore bracket.
Axar Patel: Axar has forced himself into a contract with a great test series vs England in which he got 27 wickets in 3 tests. Currently in Rupees 1 crore salary bracket.
Shreyas Iyer: Shreyas has the potential to better grades but injuries made him miss crucial matches. Falls in 1 crore category.
Washington Sundar: Sundar had a great test debut at Gabba and played well as a batsman in the England test series. He is getting a salary of 1 crore with the potential to get more.
Yazuvendra Chahal: Chahal has shown signs of a return to form in white-ball cricket and did well in the Srilanka tour. He should move upwards from his current salary of 1 crore.
Md Siraj: Siraj has embraced test cricket brilliantly since his debut and has forced BCCI to give him a contract. He should surely move up the ladder from his current pay scale of Rs 1 crore.
Deepak Chahar: Deepak is going from strength to strength in white-ball formats and should move up the ladder from the current salary of Rs 1 crore