Indian Cricket Board has recently announced the annual contracts for the Indian cricketers from October 2018 to September 2019. The pay structure and slabs are the same as they were last year and all the players have been divided into three categories i.e. Grade A+, Grade A, Grade B and Grade C. The salaries for each category are ₹7 crores, ₹5 crores, ₹3 crores & ₹1 crore respectively.
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Indian Skipper Virat Kohli leads the list and has been added in the A+ category. Kohli will get paid ₹7 crores for this period as a part of his contract. He will be leading the side in the World Cup too and under his leadership, the Indian team has shown great performance against Australia. This batting powerhouse has scored more than 10,000 runs and rightfully deserves a spot at the top. Although his team Royal Challengers Bangalore is not performing as the fans are expecting in this year’s IPL, he is still the best choice for his national side.
The vice-captain of the team, opening batsman Rohit Sharma is a huge asset for the team and has single handedly won games for his side. He is also placed in the A+ category and will be given ₹7 crores for the contract term. Sharma has the honor of scoring highest individual score in ODIs and second in overall limited 50 over match which is 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014. Rohit aka the hitman is called the Mr Dependable of the team and this has helped him to get into the best slab.
Bumrah is deemed as the most successful Indian bowler as he has the ability to castle batsmen with his unique bowling style. Although Jasprit Bumrah made his Test debut early in 2018 yet he has forged himself into a lethal player. For his commendable performance in the recent past, he has been placed in A+ category and will also get ₹7 crores.
Surprisingly, the former captain, MS Dhoni is not in the top category and has been downgraded to the A category. Dhoni is a very reliable player and before the World Cup, expectations have doubled from this cricketing veteran. This could possibly be Dhoni’s last World Cup, therefore, one can expect fireworks from this supremely talented player. The way he is leading his IPL side Chennai Super Kings in the league, he is definitely a big danger to all the competing teams in the mega-event. He will be paid ₹5 crores as part of his contract.
Ashwin is one of the best Indian off spinners. In domestic cricket, he leads the KXIP side and has quite recently been involved in a lot of controversies. However, when it comes to the central contract, Ashwin made his place in the A category. He is going to bag ₹5 crores for his BCCI contract.
The Indian all-rounder has also secured a place in the A category for himself. He was ranked as the No.1 bowler in ODI Cricket by the ICC in August 2013. Jadeja is the first India bowler to top the rankings since Anil Kumble. In the 150 ODIs he has played, he made more than 2000 runs. He will get paid ₹5 crores for his new contract.
After giving a phenomenal performance against Australia in the test series, Pujara has been given a place in the A category. He has great command over his batting and many refer to him as the modern-day “Wall”, a tag which previously was only enjoyed by Rahul Dravid. His salary in the new contract is also ₹5 crores.
The death over expert Bhuvi boy is an all-time favorite; he has played over 100 ODIs for India and has successfully taken more than 118 wickets. Bhuvi is considered to be a T20 specialist and a potential threat for all teams in the World Cup. He has landed in the A category for his great performances in the recent past and will get ₹5 crores.
The Indian Test Vice-captain and the captain of Rajasthan Royals is also placed in the A category. He hasn’t been in great form recently and even in IPL the lad hasn’t given out his best performance, however, he is still given a better category considering his consistency and hardworking nature. His salary is going to be ₹5 crores according to the new contract.
India’s leading batsman Shikhar Dhawan got the A category due to inconsistent performances in the previous games. Dhawan who will get ₹5 crores for his new contract has not been able to score big in crucial matches and was even dropped from Test team. The upcoming World Cup is important for Dhawan as it could once again pull him back on the top.
Leading India’s pace attack from the front, Ishant Sharma is a specialist when it comes to T20 and ODI. India does not have a lot of options when it comes fast bowling, therefore, there is a heavy reliance on Ishant. Ishant will be paid ₹5 crores by BCCI.
The reverse swing specialist, Shami has worked hard to reach this point. It is after consistent hardwork that Shami has been able to get a spot in the A category. Shami has so far taken 110 wickets in 61 matches, he was initially restricted to just the Test format but his wicket taking ability has allowed him to now play in ODIs too. He can provide major breakthroughs in the middle overs for India. His salary is going to be ₹5 crores.
Kuldeep quickly made his way through the Indian team courtesy his deceptive googlies which have allowed him to take quick wickets in the middle overs. In 2017 he became the third bowler for India to take a hat-trick in an ODI against Australia in Eden Garden, Kolkata. Since then it has only been uphill and now he is placed in the A category of the contract as well. Like the rest of Category A players, he will also be paid ₹5 crores for his services.
The new star on the block, Rishabh Pant is getting all the praise in the world and it is due to his formidable batting that the youngster has been placed in the A category at such a raw age. The wicket-keeper batsmen showed tremendous form against England and Australia. He even scored centuries against these tough teams. His performances have helped in registering himself as the next big sensation in India. The wicket-keeper batsman is a big threat to all the teams in the ICC World Cup 2019. He will also be paid ₹5 crores for his new contract.
All is not well for all-rounder Hardik Pandya who is given category B in the central contract. He will be getting ₹3 Crores. Hardik hasn’t been in his best form lately; first his injuries and then the suspension because of his controversial statements at Koffee with Karan have halted him from giving big performances for the team.
KL Rahul also seems to be following Pandya’s path. First, he showed inconsistency in his performance and then in his behavior. KL also participated in the show Koffee with Karan and later suffered suspension for inappropriate remarks. It seems his focus is more on glamour and less on the game due to which he slips into the B category. He will be getting ₹3 Crores as part of his contract.
Although Chahal came with a bang after his stellar performances in the IPL, yet he could not maintain the momentum. His inability to take wickets led him to land in the B category. Recently he has only being seen play test cricket and hasn’t shined through in T20 and ODI. He will also be getting paid ₹3 Crores for his contract.
Umesh Yadav is one the fastest Indian bowler with his top speed being 152.5 km/h, however, Yadav has been unable to use this skill to get wickets. He hasn’t been included in any major series whether it was against England or Australia. Despite being absent from the international scene, Yadav has at least been able to get the B category getting a salary of ₹3 Crores, which makes him really fortunate.
The wicket keeper batsman got into the lowest slab which was rather shocking. It has become increasingly difficult for Kartik to get a spot in the final 11 because of Dhoni’s and Pant’s presence who are equally competitive. It seems the management isn’t rating Kartik highly for the World Cup and therefore has given him the C category. His salary is going to be ₹1 crore for his new BCCI contract.
Rayudu is crucial to India’s middle order and has brought stability to the team in when India was in shackles. Rayudu also has to compete with some batting giants for the number 4 position; his competitors include Pant, Dinesh Kartik and Vijay Shankar. His salary is going to be ₹1 crore according to the new contract.
All-rounder Kedhar Jadav has also been given a spot in the C category. He is a regular feature in the Indian ODI side and takes the role of the finisher. Jadav can hit some huge sixes in the death overs which make him very valuable for the team. He will be paid ₹1 crore.
Although Manish Pandey has had zero representation in the international matches recently, yet he is able to get the central contract. Manish came into limelight after performing well for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL but since then there hasn’t been any breakthrough for him. Manish has performed in domestic tournaments but nothing special internationally so far. He will get ₹1 crore as well.
Vihari opened the innings in Australia even though he didn’t have a lot of experience batting at an opening position. The 25-year-old played represented India in four Tests thus far and this is the first time he has been offered a central contract. This indicates that the management has growing confidence in this youngster and will be paying him ₹1 crore as part of his new contract.
A rather new name of the block, Khaleel Ahmed is a left-arm pacer and bowls quite quick. Khaleel could be one of the important bowlers in the near future. He needs to work on a few aspects like controlling the run-flow and bowling well at the death. His salary is ₹1 crore.
Saha performed brilliantly while playing for Kings XI Punjab in the previous editions of IPL. It was then that he got into the national team but injuries have halted him time and again. His inclusion in the C category indicates that there might still be a chance for him. He will be paid ₹1 crore as part of the new BCCI contract offered.
India has included some of its best players in the central contract and out of these players some will make their way into the World Cup squad. Let’s see who makes the cut!
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