Cheteshwar Pujara to receive hike in salary: The Indian batsman might get a better annual contract after his performance in Australia.
If reports are to be believed, India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara might receive a hike in his salary after his stellar performance in the Test series against Australia in Australia. Pujara has scored three centuries in four Tests so far to become the backbone of the Indian team.
The 30-year old right-hand batsman is currently in the ‘A’ category of Indian cricketers’ annual contract. Players who represent India in all forms fall in a higher (A+) category. The other two categories are ‘B’ and ‘C’.
Playing falling in the topmost category receive an annual contract of INR 7 crore. The others receive INR 5, 3 and 1 crore respectively. While Pujara currently receives INR 5 crore annually, it might just change to INR 7 crore in the times to come.
“Pujara’s brilliant performance deserves recognition. The CoA chief will discuss with the team management and the chief selector to check if the rule for all-format specialists in the top bracket can be relaxed,” the New Indian Express cited agencies as quoting a senior BCCI official on the condition of anonymity.
If the same happens, it will go down as a step in the right direction from the Board of Control for Cricket in India for it is vital to take such measures the promote Test cricket among the youngsters. In the contemporary world of opulent T20 leagues, cricket’s ancestral format and the players playing it should not lack behind on the financial front.
With an innings still remaining in the series, Pujara has scored 521 runs at an average of 74.42 and a strike rate of 41.41. Having broken numerous batting records in this series, Pujara is also the highest run-scorer among both the teams.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Pujara below:
Test match batting at its best by Pujara. @cheteshwar1 has been the difference between the 2 teams for me. To be able to bat for such long periods of time is a testament to his concentration and understanding of the game. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/7GJmJieOAk
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 4, 2019
Chitt ke Ishwar, another name for Lord Shiva – Cheteshwar Pujara.
Destroyed Australia’s chances in the series, most number of balls batted by an Indian in a series against Australia. Outstanding 193, memorable knock pic.twitter.com/jEcTWhs7kQ
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 4, 2019
Classical Test Match batting, a masterclass from Pujara. So much to learn from him for batsman all over the world these days. And while comparison is not fair, for the criticism he gets , in this series Pujara has scored runs at a strike rate marginally more than Kohli. pic.twitter.com/y20abO588C
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 4, 2019
After Pujara’s brilliant 193, Rishabh Pant has assured that India put the game firmly out of Australia’s grip. Very impressed by his temperament today and congratulations to him on his 2nd overseas 100, 1 in Eng and now 1 in Aus, only the 2nd wk after Jeff Dujjon to do so pic.twitter.com/uSg60n98nb
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 4, 2019
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 4, 2019