Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri is laughing all the way to the bank. He has a right to do that, after all, he is having the time of his life. The former Indian cricketer who took over the duties from Anil Kumble has helped Virat Kohli-led side to number 1 spots in both, Test as well as ODI rankings. Now, the data released by BCCI on its official website on Wednesday night reveals that he is minting a whopping amount of money as well. So far, Shastri has been paid a little over Rs 1.20 crore for his services during the first three months of his new tenure with the Indian cricket team.
Shastri took charge of the Indian team in July this year after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and has since been paid Rs 1,20,87,187 for a three-month period between 18th July to 18th October, according to the BCCI website. However, he is not the only man in the dressing room who is playing in cash. Even though MS Dhoni is not at his peak anymore, he continues to make a decent amount of money. The former Indian skipper was paid Rs 57,88,373 (Rs 57.88 lakh) as a share of gross revenue from the international tournaments held outside India.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also given a major boost to the domestic players. For those who play domestic cricket for Delhi, the BCCI reimbursed Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy match fee to the tune of Rs 69,35,141 and Rs 56,79,641 respectively.
The Indian cricket team has been in top form since Ravi Shastri took over. It whitewashed the Sri Lankan team at their home to grab the number 1 spot in ICC Test rankings before destroying Australia 4-1 in the recently concluded ODI series to achieve the same in the 50-over format. Led by Virat Kohli, men in blue will now lock horns against the Aussies in a three-match T20 series starting this Sunday. It will be followed by New Zealand’s tour of India.