Here is a detailed list of the top 6 paid cricketers in India.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a captain that has led the men in blue to unparalleled success in white-ball cricket. He assesses every situation perfectly, and remains calm and composed during adverse conditions, earning him the nickname Captain Cool. Under his leadership, India won all three titles including ICC T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup, and the Champions Trophy. His net worth is estimated to be around 150 million dollars.
The God of cricket needs no introduction. Sachin Tendulkar was the complete batsman, a determined run-getter, and the most celebrated icon in cricket history. The most capped player in Test and ODI cricket, Sachin is the only person to hit 100 centuries in international cricket. He also holds the title of getting the most runs in both ODIs. The 46-year old’s current net worth is little over 120 million dollars.
Arguably the greatest batsman in all formats in modern-day cricket, Virat Kohli’s contributions towards the game are unprecedented. The Indian Test team under Kohli has grown from strength to strength. The Indian skipper has set the current benchmark for world cricket fitness and is also a youth icon. Therefore it comes as no surprise that the 31-year old’s net income is a whopping 92 million dollars and is one of the top-tier cricketers on the contract list of the BCCI.
Widely renowned as the Dada of Indian Cricket, Sourav Ganguly is one of the most polarising figures in Indian cricket. He was one of the captains who revived Indian cricket from the match-fixing scandal’s deep dark days. In 2008, Ganguly announced his retirement from international cricket. However, he continued to play in the Indian Premier League and never lost touch of the game by taking up coaching roles.
He became President of the BCCI in October 2019. Ganguly’s net worth is 55.5 million dollars, which includes the money he gets from his endorsements from companies as well as his IPL salary.
This once-energetic left-handed batsman is yet another cricketer who played a massive role in helping lift the T20 World Cup back in 2007 and the 50 overs World Cup in 2011. Having joined Lok Sabha in the General Assembly Elections, Gautam Gambhir has assets worth 20 million dollars, making him the richest out of the 349 candidates in contention. Gautham Gambhir has an income of 170,000 dollars. His movable and immovable assets are cumulatively valued at 15 million and 3.8 million dollars, respectively.
One of the confrontational, aggressive opening batsmen that India has ever seen, Virender Sehwag is affectionately called Viru and the Nawab of Najafgarh. He is only one of the two batsmen to have passed 300 runs twice in Test cricket. He has a net worth of 40 million dollars presently. He also makes about 4.1 million dollars from his endorsements.
India is indeed blessed to have such immensely talented players on their sports teams. If they are the chosen 11 players to represent 1.4 billion Indians, they obviously have to be good. But here are some exceptional players among them that shone through because of their achievements.
Having won all 3 ICC trophies (the Champion’s Trophy, T20 World Cup and 50 Overs World Cup) under his captaincy, MS Dhoni deserves all the admiration and love that he gets and tops the list for India’s ODI match winners. Team India’s win under him in the 2007 T20 World Cup is believed to be the reason for the massive success of the IPL. He played 350 One Day International matches and scored a total of 10,773 runs at an average of 50.58.
One of the best all-rounders India has ever seen, Yuvraj Singh truly is the ‘Prince’ of Indian Cricket. He had knocked critical runs for India when the team was struggling, making sure that the team saw victory when he was at the crease. He has played 304 ODI matches and scored 8,701 runs, while also taking 111 wickets in the format. People still hail him for his magnificent effort in the 2011 World Cup, playing while being diagnosed with cancer.
Sachin is undoubtedly one of the most proficient ODI players in the world. Knocking 49 of his 100 centuries in ODIs, his score in the format totalling an unparalleled 18,426 runs. Being the first person to ever score a double hundred in the history of the game often overshadows the fact that Sachin also has 154 wickets to his name in the format.
Sachin Tendulkar might have introduced the world to an ODI double hundred, but Rohit Sharma was the one who owned it. Even though he has only half the runs Sachin scored (9115), he holds the record for being the only person on planet Earth to have 3 ODI double hundreds to his name. He is also the highest individual run-scorer in ODI with 264 runs. He is referred to as the ‘Hitman’ of India for his incredible performances in limited-overs cricket. However, MS Dhoni was the one who suggested that Rohit Sharma should open for India because of his explosive nature. The rest is history.
When it comes to limited-overs cricket, the one-down current Indian skipper is one that needs no introduction. Kohli’s resolve for excellence is a real inspiration for the youth of India, which is reflected in his scores. He is the fastest person to reach 10,000 runs in ODI cricket in a record 205 innings.
The never-say-die attitude of India and their heroics in the India-Australia test Series 2021 ensured that they rewrote history by beating the Aussies at their home ground at Gabba, where they had reigned unbeaten for 32 years. The West Indies was the only other team to beat them there, which was way back in 1988.
Pujara’s stubborn resistance and his able support to assist Rishabh Pant and Shubhman Gill were expected from Team India, but what was unexpected was that the other two senior batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, failed to rise to the occasion. After the epic Kolkata win almost a couple of decades ago, this will surely be one of the India-Australia Tests that will be remembered for centuries to come. Even though they only had a combined experience of four Tests, the pacers of India set the foundation for the team in style. No one thought that India even stood a chance against Australia before they arrived in Gabba. This was further accentuated by a draw the other night, which itself seemed like a massive achievement in helping India retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. However, the young brigade had different ideas from last time and had their own strategy. A draw was probably not even in their mind at all.
The increasing absence of the senior players all throughout the series never reduced the remaining players’ resolve. They had nothing to lose except an opportunity to ensure a long Test career. After the emergence of fearless India under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly against these very same Aussies. This was a team which has made use of every opportunity coming their way, showing that a new India is born again. Ganguly would be incredibly proud and happy watching this team show astronomical self-belief, character, temperament and positive attitude. This Test win is not just a win: it is a message, a message the Aussies can be beaten wherever they play, including at the Gabba. The youngsters rose to the challenge and once again proved why Test cricket is unique and special. This series win would indeed have inspired millions of youngsters once again to take up cricket, that too as a career option. As a matter of fact, this 2-1 victory has certainly temporarily removed the shorter formats of the game from the spotlight and pushed them to the background, for now, much to the pride of every proud Indian. It is a matter of immense pride and prestige that this team retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy not only with a draw but with a record Test win at Brisbane as well as the much-deserved repeat series win in Australia and will rightfully hold their respective heads high.
Cricket is more than a game for many people; it is a passion and emotion for the whole of India. Here are some of the legends of cricket that people look up to even today for their contributions.
Sachin Tendulkar is considered one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history. He is the highest run-scorer and century hitter in Test and ODI cricket. Sachin holds a plethora of records in his name. He is the first cricketer to score a double century in the history of ODI cricket and has the distinction of appearing in six consecutive cricket world cups, the highest by any individual player. Sachin is the first player to score fifty Test centuries, and the only player to reach 100 centuries in international cricket. He was also the first player to reach 10,000 runs in ODIs and holds the record for most runs in Tests. Sachin crossed the 30,000 runs mark in international cricket on 20 November 2009. For his contributions to the game, he has been conferred India’s second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan award, and India’s highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Tendulkar became the first person without an aviation background and the first sportsperson to be rewarded with the rank of Group Captain by the Indian Air Force for his efforts.
Kapil Dev is most famous as the Indian cricket team captain who won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Named as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002 by Wisden, Kapil Dev was also the national cricket coach for ten months from October 1999 to August 2000. Kapil Dev’s achievements are very many. He was the leading bowler for India during the time. The right-arm pacer was known as the Haryana Hurricane for his achievements in domestic cricket. Kapil Dev is the only player in cricket history to take more than 400 wickets and score over 5000 runs in the history of Test cricket, making him one of the most proficient all-rounders of all time. On 8 March 2010, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.was also given an honorary Lieutenant Colonel position in the Indian Territorial Army.
Sunil Gavaskar is a former batsman for the Indian cricket team in the 70s and 80s for Bombay and India. Standing just 165cm tall, he showed that height was no criteria for excellence. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest opening batsmen in Test cricket and set world records during his career for most runs and most centuries scored by a single batsman. Gavaskar has 34 Test centuries to his name, a record he held nearly two decades before Sachin Tendulkar finally broke it in 2005. Gavaskar is most renowned for his approach towards the West Indies fast bowling attack, which was considered the most vicious in Test cricket history. He was the first Indian cricketer to hit more than 700 runs in a series, and this 774 runs at a strike rate of 154.80 remain the most runs scored in a debut series by any batsman.
Many Indian fans might have been worried about the long list of injured players in the Indian squad that toured Australia. This is arguably the biggest number of injured players, even bigger than those who were battered in the West Indies in 1976 when India lost a match it never even properly contested in the first place. Ajinkya Rahane had come forth as the Indian cricket team captain for the final three Tests in Australia because of the sheer number of absences and injuries.
However, India proved that these injuries were not indicative of cowardice as India braved the repeated bodyline onslaught from the Aussies and showed why Test cricket is so revered and unique. The famous Sydney draw has overshadowed the biggest blow Team India has ever faced, the Adelaide Test fiasco. India was looking totally lost and clueless as they slumped to a shameful 36 for 9. Indeed, that day left more bruises and scars on the image of India and made fans anxious about the country’s struggles overseas. However, if Adelaide was a disaster, Melbourne seemed to turn out as the turning point in the series. The players, the team in general, discovered their lost confidence and form and found their bearings in the absence of captain Virat Kohli. Kohli’s return to India had probably woken them up from their formless slumber and rekindled their commitment, while at the same time taking a lot of pressure off the players. However, this was not the only injury that India had to brave.
- Mohammad Shami suffered a blow to the forearm while batting during the second innings in the Adelaide Test when he was diagnosed with a fracture.
- Umesh Yadav had to walk off the field in the middle of the Melbourne test due to a calf muscle injury.
- A vicious bouncer from Mitchell Starc hit Ravindra Jadeja on his left thumb, dislocating it and forcing him to stop play. However, Jadeja won the hearts of fans as he was padded and ready to bat if the team lost another player to injury despite his broken thumb.
- Hanuma Vihari suffered a Grade 2 hamstring injury during the Melbourne Test, and yet even with the injury, he faced more than a hundred balls.
- India’s backbone pacer Jasprit Bumrah was seen speaking to paramedics during the Melbourne Test. It appeared that he had developed an abdominal strain. Despite this, he played the test but was not risked in the following Brisbane test or the Gabba Test after that.
- Rishabh Pant was injured in the elbow during the Sydney test and did not keep, being replaced by Wriddhiman Saha. However, he returned to bat in the second innings, pushing India to victory by scoring 97 off 118 balls.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced the eighteen member squad for the first two test matches against England that is due to begin on the 5th of February in Chennai. Star batsman and Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli, who flew to India on paternity leave after his first Test match at Adelaide, is back at the helm of affairs. Ishant Sharma who could not play the test series against Australia because of an abdomen strain is fit and back on his feet and recently represented Delhi in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The veteran pacer will be leading the pace attack along with the likes of Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah and Brisbane hero Shardul Thakur. Thangarasu Natarajan, who got three wickets on his Test debut at the Gabba, will, unfortunately, be unavailable for the England series as he is on paternity leave. All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who featured only in the limited-overs series in Australia, will also be returning to the most extended format.
The first and second Tests will be played in Chennai while Ahmedabad will host the third and fourth Test respectively. A five-match T20I series and three ODIs will come after the four-match test series, which will conclude on the 28th of March in Pune.
Ranji Trophy triple century scorer Kona Srikar Bharat, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shahbaz Nadeem, IPL fame Rahul Chahar and Priyank Panchal have been named as standby players.
The playing XI squad for the first two tests are given below:
- Rohit Sharma
- Shubman Gill
- Cheteshwar Pujara
- Mayank Agarwal
- Virat Kohli (Captain)
- Ajinkya Rahane
- Rishabh Pant
- KL Rahul
- Wriddhiman Saha
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Ishant Sharma
- Mohammed Siraj
- Shardul Thakur
- R Ashwin
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Washington Sundar
- Axar Patel
- KS Bharat
- Abhimanyu Easwaran
- Shahbaz Nadeem
- Rahul Chahar
- Priyank Panchal
- Ankit Rajpoot
- Avesh Khan
- Sandeep Warrier
- K Gowtham
- Saurabh Kumar
The Test series fixtures are as follows
- Test No.1 – February 5 to February 9 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
- Test No. 2 – February 13 to February 17 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
- Test No. 3 – February 24 to February 28 at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad (D/N)
- Test No.4 – March 4 to March 8 at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
The T20I series schedule is as follows:
- March 12: I T20I at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
- March 14: II T20I at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
- March 16: III T20I at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
- March 18: IV T20I at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
- March 20: V T20I at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
- March 23: I ODI at MCA Stadium, Pune
- March 26: II ODI at MCA Stadium, Pune
- March 28: III ODI at MCA Stadium, Pune
India’s pacers are incredibly talented. They push the boundaries for Indian cricket every year with their speed, accuracy and control of the ball. Here are seven of the Indian bowlers who have bowled the fastest balls.
The fastest bowler in India till date is Javagal Srinath. Leading India’s pace attack for nine straight years, Srinath tops the list of Indian fast bowlers for his 154.5 kmph ball. For his speed and skill, he is often called The Mysore Express. Even after so many years of retirement, he still remains the only Indian fast bowler to claim 300 wickets in ODI Internationals.
Irfan Pathan was a bowler who set the standard for the Indian pace attack in the modern era. Irfan was the one to take the wickets of 3 important batsmen from Pakistan in the inaugural World T20 in 2007. He also became the first Indian fast bowler to take three wickets in the first over of a test match. The fastest ball delivered by Irfan Pathan is a whopping 153.7 kmph.
Boom Boom Bumrah was the fastest bowler in India in 2019. Selected by IPL team Mumbai Indians’ talent scout team for his odd action and consistency in bowling yorkers at will, Jasprit debuted in the 2015-16 series against Australia, soon becoming one of the fastest bowlers in India beating all others. He claimed the record of being the first Indian pacer to take five wickets in England, Australia and South Africa, all in the same year. Despite his short run-up, he generated power to deliver a ball at 153 kmph.
Ishant Sharma is one of the prime reasons behind India’s historic win at the Lord’s stadium in 2014, after 28 long years. A giant of a man, Ishant Sharma is, without a doubt, one of the best Indian fast bowlers of all time. The right-arm pacer delivered his fastest ball against Ricky Ponting during a Test match in December 2011.
Varun Aaron’s fluid run-up, followed by a short jump gives him the perfect body movement to deliver high-speed balls. His fastest ball clocking in at 152.5 kmph, Varun is probably one of today’s best Indian pace bowlers.
The ICC World Cup of 2015 saw Umesh Yadav as India’s highest wicket-taker. He is undoubtedly one of the most incredible Indian pacers to date. Playing domestic cricket since 2008, Umesh has several records to his name. Many Indian bowlers speak highly of his consistency in high-speed bowling. His fastest ball is recorded at 152.2 kmph.
Ashish Nehra is one of the best bowlers India has ever produced, and the fact that he is the second oldest player to represent India in T20 Internationals stands testimony to it. Even though he faced criticism for his injuries, Nehra is still one of India’s fastest bowlers, clocking in his fastest at 149.7 kmph.
Even though women’s cricket and men’s cricket are not often compared, these players are so similar to their men counterparts that it is difficult not to compare their styles.
Shefali Verma – Virender Sehwag
Shafali Verma, the women’s cricket team’s explosive opener, is often compared to the legendary opener Virender Sehwag of the Indian men’s cricket team. She secured her place in the Indian team at the age of just 15. She has since been breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s records with her breakneck batting pace, but Shafali is mostly compared to Sehwag in the cricket world, the biggest reason being the similarity in how they play. Virender Sehwag did not wait to get set to hit fours and sixes, attacking the bowlers as soon as he took charge. Shafali bats just like Sehwag. She doesn’t wait to set herself in, raining the ground with fours and sixes.
Smriti Mandhana – Rohit Sharma
Women’s opener Smriti Mandhana is compared a lot to Rohit Sharma, the opener of the men’s team. As a matter of fact, Mandhana has made her mark in the last decade as an explosive opener, paralleling Rohit in giving a strong start to the Indian side. The left-handed batter has the right sense of building an inning, and just like Rohit, she is exceptionally renowned for giving a head start to the team, capable of playing some huge shots.
Mithali Raj – Sachin Tendulkar
Mithali Raj is rightfully credited with the development of women’s cricket in India. As a matter of fact, Mithali brought about a paradigm shift in even how people perceived India. Mithali Raj is compared to the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar for a couple of reasons. Mithali, just like Sachin, knows how to build and maintain a long successful inning with an air of sense and maturity. Their style of play is also often compared, because of their known liking for the cover drive shot. Mithali is also at the number 1 position in women’s cricket when it comes to runs in ODI cricket.
Harmanpreet Kaur – Virat Kohli
Indian women’s team captain Harmanpreet Kaur is often compared to Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Both players are known match-winners and have a lot of dependence on them. Just as everyone’s eyes fall on Virat if the openers flop, all eyes will be on Harmanpreet if the women openers are dismissed early. Harmanpreet has been awarded the Arjuna Award as well, just like Virat.
Deepti Sharma – Ravindra Jadeja
All-rounder Deepti Sharma is easily comparable to Ravindra Jadeja, all-rounder of the Indian men’s team. Just like Ravindra Jadeja, Deepti Sharma is known widely for her excellent fielding capabilities. Both of them are all-rounders and can handle the innings as required by the team. They are both left-handed players and are experts in taking wickets in the middle overs for India apart from batting well.
The master blaster scored runs in each and every country he set foot in and thwarted every bowling attack he faced with poise and elegance that none else could match. The way he obliterated the best of opposition teams is to date, unparalleled. Sachin Tendulkar used to be the lone saviour and warrior with the bat for the Indian team on a number of occasions. The epitome of his career came in the 2011 Cricket World Cup, which India won at home under the able leadership of MS Dhoni. However, he has some records that are yet to be broken.
Most Runs In Tests and ODI
Sachin was an absolute run-getter. Be it any format; the master blaster dominated the best of bowling attacks throughout his career. Tendulkar ended his 200-match career in Test cricket with a record 15,921 runs to his name, while holding an average of 53.71. He is also the only person ever to score 51 centuries in Test cricket. Sachin Tendulkar also made a lot of runs in ODI. He was the first batsman to score a double ton in the format, stirring up amazing numbers in this format of the game. Playing 463 games, he scored 18,426 runs and 49 centuries; doing so at an extremely commendable average of 44.83.
Longest ODI Career
Sachin has played international cricket for 24 years, which is a huge deal in itself. However, there are a few other players who have had longer careers. None of them though comes close to Sachin’s longevity when it comes to ODI cricket. His 50-over career lasted for a whopping 22 years and 91 days, racking up runs and records in the shorter format of the game.
Most World Cup Runs
Sachin Tendulkar played in six World Cups representing India. He played his first game in 1992 and ended up finally winning the trophy in 2011 on his home ground, the Wankhede stadium, in his final appearance at the global tournament. Just as he did throughout his career, Sachin gained a lot of runs in the World Cup as well. He scored 2,278 runs in the six World Cups he played, doing so at an astounding average of 56.95. Sachin scored six centuries and 15 fifties in the competition. Unsurprisingly perhaps, his 241 fours in the World Cup is also a record that remains unbeaten.
Most Test Matches
Sachin Tendulkar played a mind-blowing 200 Test matches during the course of his career. No other player even comes close, the second place is held by Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting at 168. With T20 and ODI cricket gaining more popularity, fewer Test matches are being played now, which means that Sachin’s record of most Test matches might remain unmatched for a while, if ever.
Here are four decisions that Sourav Ganguly made as captain of the Indian cricket team that changed Indian cricket forever.
Sending Laxman at No.3 in 2001 against Australia
Ganguly was known as a man that worked on instinct. Laxman seemed to be the only Indian batsman who seemed at ease against Australia in the first innings of the now-famous Kolkata Test in 2001. India was asked to follow on Day 3. Ganguly decided to send Laxman at the No.3 position in place of Rahul Dravid. This move, though a lot of people remained sceptical, worked wonders for the team as both Laxman and Dravid batted through Day 4 with the former registering 281 – the highest score by an Indian back then to set up an otherwise impossible win on Day 5 which a rampaging Harbhajan Singh finished off. India’s win put Australia’s 16-match winning streak to an end and India went to win the final Test at Chennai, winning the series 2-1.
Asking Sehwag To Open
A lot of people who know Virender Sehwag today, know him for his accomplishments as an opener. However, the explosive Delhi right-hander used to bat in the middle order. When he debuted for India in South Africa at Bloemfontein, he smashed a century batting four down. This feverishly run-hungry play from Sehwag prompted Ganguly to ask him to open the batting for India. He believed that Sehwag’s batting prowess would bring better results at the top of the order. With an average of 50 and two triple hundreds to his name, Sehwag catapulted to becoming one of the most successful Test openers of India and contributed to several Indian victories, especially overseas.
Convincing Dravid To Don The Gloves
With the lack of a permanent wicket-keeper, Ganguly decided to put an end to the issue by asking Rahul Dravid to keep wickets for the team’s balance. Dravid, one of the most reliable top-order batsmen back then, was obviously reluctant but had no choice but to obey his captain’s orders. The move turned out to be successful because it allowed India to play an extra batsman from 2002 to 2004. Dravid did not fare too badly at the No.5 position either. As a matter of fact, some of his best ODI innings came during that time.
A Brilliant Motivator
Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, MS Dhoni, and Zaheer Khan all made their way into the limelight under Ganguly’s captaincy. He rebuilt the Indian side from the depths of the match-fixing scandal in the late 20th century and made them believe that they could win anywhere in the world.
Ganguly was a fantastic captain for the team and went on to become one of the most respected cricketers of all time. He stood up for his teammates, earning him the title ‘Dada’.