Indian Test captain Virat Kohli was among the few cricketers who received a higher actual salary according to the salary details of the retained IPL players listed by BCCI on Friday.
Kohli’s actual salary in Royal Challengers Bangalore was listed as Rs 15 crore while the purse deduction amount was Rs 12.5 crore in the list put up by BCCI in its website, just days ahead of the Lodha Committee’s reform report on January 4.
India’s limited over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was bought by Pune recently, however, had the same actual salary and purse deduction of Rs 12.5 crore while playing for Chennai Super Kings .
Among other Indians, Harbhajan Singh (Rs 5.5 crore vs Rs 8 crore) and Ambati Rayudu (Rs 4 crore vs Rs 6 crore) were the top gainers according to the list put up by BCCI as a part of its recent attempts to ensure transparency.
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle (Rs 7.5 crore vs Rs 8.4 crore) and South African allrounder Faf du Plessis (Rs 4 crore vs Rs 4.75 crore) were the gainers among international cricketers.
However, like Dhoni, South Africa’s ODI skipper AB de Villers (Rs 9.5 crore), Shikhar Dhawan (Rs 12.5 crore), R Ashwin (Rs 7.5 crore), West Indies’ Dwayne Bravo (Rs 4 crore) too didn’t see any change in their actual salaries.
There were also many cricketers whose actual salary slumped. Kings XI Punjab duo of David Miller (Rs 12.5 vs Rs 5 crore) and Manan Vora (Rs 4 crore vs Rs 35 lakh) and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Gautam Gambhir (Rs 12.5 crore vs Rs 10 crore) and Sunil Narine (Rs 9.5 crore vs Rs 8 crore) saw their actual salary go down.