If Sunil Gavaskar’s generation played in the fixed-deposit era, Sachin Tendulkar’s generation believed in investing in equity and Virat Kohli’s generation is all about printing their own cash. Things are no more about saving money or investing in equity, players today have been virtually printing whopping sums of money and putting them into their banks courtesy their skills in the game. Harsha Bhogle framed the eye-popping comparison and this reflects the fact that cricket has more eye-balls compared to all other sports in India – combined. The game of bat and ball has managed to lure in big ad companies and the tap has been open now for a decade or more. This has made BCCI the richest cricket board of them all, but there is one big shocking detail present. In a survey conducted by ESPN Cricinfo, it came to light that Indian captain Virat Kohli is not the highest paid player in the world even though BCCI is the richest across all the boards. Also, the highest-earning captain in international cricket in 2017 has made nearly 20 times more than the lowest-earning. So, here is revealed the list of top 5 captains across the countries:
Steven Smith salary: Australian captain earned US $ 1.47 mn in 2017. He is at the top of the list. Smith had a wonderful calendar year in 2017 by finishing the year as the number one batsman in the ICC Test rankings.
Joe Root salary: The captain of the current English Test squad, Root earned $1.38 mn. He was also in the top 3 in the Test rankings, while in top 10 in both ODI and T20 rankings.
Virat Kohli salary: Virat ‘indestructible’ Kohli had the best year in 2017. He amassed over 1000 runs in one calendar year and was undoubtedly the best performer of the Indian squad. Another good thing that happened to him was getting married to long-time girlfriend Anushka Sharma. Kohli in 2017 earned a million dollars.
Faf du Plessis salary: The beleaguered (His side was beaten hollow by visiting Indian team) South African captain earned $ 0.44 mn in 2017.
Angelo Mathews salary: The senior most player of the inexperienced Sri Lankan side, Mathews although did not have a great 2017 but in terms of money he earned $ 0.32 million.
Sarfraz Ahmed salary: Pakistani captain was one of the most inspiring players in 2017. He proved his mettle with the willow time and again and, keeping in mind how PCB is struggling, Ahmed earned $0.30 million.