Every year, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) revises the salary structure of the Men in Blue and every year the rest of the Indian population shows their jealousy and gets awestruck by the massive cheques that get delivered to Virat Kohli and the rest of the Indian cricket team.
This year is no different, as the BCCI just disclosed how much King Kohli and his men will be earning in the next financial year and the numbers are truly enormous.
According to the on-going system, the Indian cricket board has divided their pay scale into four major categories and have placed the various members of the roster under them according to their form and performance during the previous year.A+ Category:
There exist three positions in the topmost level or the A+ Category and the selected candidates for them are all no-brainers. Skipper Virat Kohli (World ODI and Test Rank 1 in batting) is accompanied by Jasprit Bumrah (World ODI Rank 1 in bowling) and Indian opener Rohit Sharma. The three megastars will earn a cheque of Rs. 7 cr. during the next year.A Category:
Belonging to the second highest level, the players in the A Category go on to earn an annual package worth Rs. 5 cr. This category consists of the major lot of the national cricket team and includes Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav.
After a year flooded with bad performances, Shikhar Dhawan was downgraded from the A+ to A Category. On the other hand, after a successful Test series in Australia, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was inducted to this pay grade.B Category:
KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya make this level, each of whom will go on to earn Rs. 3 cr. in the coming financial year.C Category:
The bottom level of the pay scale, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, H Vihari, Khaleel Ahmed and Wriddhiman Saha will go on to earn Rs. 1 cr each.
While the categoric division of the majority of the players feels to be justified, one case in particular of the second wall of India, Cheteshwar Pujara not being upgraded to the A+ Category after his astonishing innings in Australia in January and during the Ranji season seems to be a bit questionable.
We have to mention the fact that these are the annual salaries that these cricketers stand to earn just from BCCI. Players like Virat Kohli also earn a crazy amount of money from the deals they sign with their numerous sponsors, some of which go beyond their annual salaries with the board.
Case in point: Virat Kohli's 8-year Rs. 100 Cr. deal with the sportswear giant Puma that pays the athlete an outrageous Rs. 12.5 Cr. every year.