When the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced the new player contracts where in it had added a new category called the A+ category, many of the Indian players had received a pay hike from their last contracts.
The players who feature in the A+ category will now receive Rs. 7 crore annually. While Virat Kohli moved from a Rs. 2 crore contract to a Rs. 7 crore contract, Dhoni too moved from Rs. 2 crores to now earn Rs. 5 crores. But it is not these players who have made the biggest jump when compared to their previous contract.
This player is none other than Shikhar Dhawan who has got the biggest hike in terms of percentage from the money they received compared to their previous contract. Dhawan who was previously in Grade C earned Rs. 50 lakh annually but now as per the new contract the swashbuckling batsman will now approximately earn Rs. 58 lakhs/month and Rs. 7 crores annually as he features in the A+ category.
Dhawan who was still struggling to make an impact in the Indian team saw his fortunes change when he was called in as a replacement for the injured KL Rahul in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. Dhawan utilised this chance very well and has since been one of the first names in the starting line-up. Not only was he the Man of the Tournament in the Champions Trophy, he was also the second highest run-getter in the ODI series against South Africa.