Every sport has its top-paid athletes, and cricket is no different. As you can understand from the title, this is an article about the richest cricketers in India. The Indian cricket team is one of the best teams in the world in the Test, One day International (ODIs), as well as T20 formats. Also, this sport is a way of life for people in India. In this article, we are going to look at the top 5 highest-paid cricketers in India in 2022.
Ranking the highest paid cricketers in India according to BCCI central contract list 2022:
|Rank||Player Name||Contract Grade||Networth|
|1.||Rohith Sharma||Grade A+||$24 million|
|2.||Virat Kohli||Grade A+||$17.5 million|
|3.||Jasprit Bumrah||Grade A+||$7 million|
|4.||Ravindra Jadeja||Grade A||$13 million|
|5.||Ravichandran Ashwin||Grade A||$15 million|
1. Rohith Sharma, Rs 7 crore per annum
Sharma made his ODI debut against Ireland in June 2007. However, he had to wait until late 2008 to make his Test debut against Australia at the Adelaide Oval. He scored centuries in both innings of his second Test match, becoming the seventh Indian and the first Indian opener to score a century in each innings on Test debut. In 2013, he was awarded the Arjuna Award by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. In 2013, he scored the then-highest ODI score of 209 against Australia. It was also his maiden double hundred. He scored 264 runs off 173 balls against Sri Lanka in 2014, which was then the highest individual score in ODIs surpassing the previous record of 219 by Virender Sehwag.
Also, Sharma is the only batsman to score three double centuries in ODIs (264, 209, and 208*). Furthermore, he holds the record for most runs scored in a calendar year across all formats (ODIs, Tests, T20I & First Class), with 2,781 runs in 2014.
2. Virat Kohli is the highest paid cricketers in India, with Rs 7 crore
Virat Kohli is a popular Indian cricketer who has taken the cricketing world by storm. When Virat was 9 years old, he joined West Delhi Cricket Academy under coach Rajkumar Sharma. In 2002, Virat shifted to Sonnet Club and met his future coach Tarak Sinha. He played under-15 as well as under-17 teams at the Delhi level. Initially, he made his first-class debut in 2006 at the age of 18 for Delhi against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy. In 2008, he also led India Under-19 squad and won a world cup in Malaysia, and he scored 235 runs with an impressive average of 117.50.
He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in August 2008 and made a half-century on his debut match. Kohli has received many awards, such as the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012 and the Barmy Army – Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2017 and 2018. He received the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor, in 2017. He was given his first full-time Test series as captain after Mahendra Singh Dhoni decided to step down as Test captain during Australia’s tour of India in 2013–14.
3. Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah, born on 6 December 1993 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, is a right-arm Indian fast bowler who also plays for the Indian Cricket Team. He made his international debut in 2016 against Australia in T20I. He has been a permanent member of the team since then. Initially, the Mumbai Indians picked him in IPL and traded him to Gujarat Lions for the 10th edition of IPL. In IPL 2018, Bumrah was roped back by Mumbai Indians, and since he has been the leading wicket-taker for the franchise. He is one of the most prominent yorker specialists in world cricket.
In January 2019, he became the third-fastest Indian bowler to take 50 Test wickets, taking only nine tests to achieve this feat. In February 2019, he became the fastest Indian bowler to take 100 ODI wickets in only 54 ODIs. He also became the second-fastest bowler for India to take 50 wickets in Test matches. In addition, in the 2019 ICC World Cup, Jasprit Bumrah took 18 wickets from 9 matches at an average of 20.61 and an economy rate of 4.41. His brilliant performances helped India reach the semi-finals, where they lost to New Zealand by 18 runs due to a dramatic collapse after MS Dhoni’s dismissal in 49th over. Jasprit Bumrah is presently ranked number 1 in the ICC T20I bowlers rankings and number 2 in the ODI bowlers rankings.
4. Ravindra Jadeja
Jadeja made his first-class debut at 17, representing Saurashtra in the 2007–08 Ranji Trophy. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut for India against Sri Lanka in February 2009 and his Test debut against England in December 2012.
In July 2013, Jadeja was part of the Indian squad for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy and was also selected for three matches ODI series against Zimbabwe. He made his comeback to the Indian team after two years. Moreover, in the first match after the return, he scored 53 off just 50 balls and took four wickets, helping India win their first ODI series on Zimbabwean soil. Jadeja’s international award includes winning the 2012 Champions League Twenty20, the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, and also the 2013 Indian Premier League. All this helped him become one of the highest-paid cricketers in the world. He was also one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2013. Furthermore, on 22 December 2012, Jadeja became only the second all-rounder after Kapil Dev to score 300 or more runs and take 50 or more wickets in a single test season.
5. Ravichandran Ashwin
Lastly, the right-arm off-spin bowler and right-hand batsman, Ravichandran Ashwin plays for Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket and Delhi Capitals in the IPL. He is the fastest Indian bowler to reach the 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, and 300-wicket mark in Test cricket.
Ashwin made his Test debut against West Indies on 6 November 2011 at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. He took 3 for 97 in his debut match, making him the fifth Indian player to take three wickets in a debut. Also, in his second Test match, against West Indies, he scored his first half-century with an innings of 74 and took 4 wickets in the game. He was named man of the match for his performance. He took his first five-wicket haul (5/156) against New Zealand at Hyderabad, where he also took seven catches, equalling a record by an Indian player in a single Test match. On 7 February 2013, Ashwin became the second quickest bowler after Clarrie Grimmett to reach 100 wickets in Tests when he dismissed Darren Bravo during the second Test against New Zealand at Wellington.
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