Ace Team India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has toppled skipper Virat Kohli to be the highest-earning cricketer of the Board of the Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2020. Kohli finished in the second spot after missing the ongoing Boxing Day Test match the Melbourne Cricket Ground against Australia.
Bumrah, who made a return to international cricket earlier this year from an injury, earned a whopping sum of Rs 1.38 crore. Jasprit Bumrah, who is also one of the three players with A+ contract, played 4* Tests, nine ODIs and 8 T20Is in 2020. An Indian player is paid Rs 15 lakhs for every Test match. For an ODI, he receives an amount of Rs 6 lakhs. For every T20I, the BCCI pays Rs 3 lakhs to every player. In 2020, Bumrah earned Rs 1.38 crore from BCCI (excluding the annual contract fee).
Jasprit Bumrah pips Virat Kohli by a fair margin
Virat Kohli, who played 3 Tests, nine ODIs and 10 T20Is this year, has drawn Rs 1.29 crore. Had he played the ongoing Boxing Day Test match, Kohli would have finished at the top spot. Ravindra Jadeja was next in the list, who earned Rs 96 lakhs. He played 2 Tests*, 9 ODIs and four T20Is. The senior all-rounder missed the 1 crore-mark as he had to sit out for final two T20Is and the opening Test against Australia due to an injury.
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma missed the cut in the list of top 5 highest earners. He missed a number of fixtures owing to fitness issues and injury. The dashing batsman had to return to India midway through the New Zealand series due to an injury. He also missed the limited-overs leg and the first two Tests against Australia due to fitness issues.
Currently, he is in Australia in his 14-day quarantine period. Rohit will be available for selection for the third and fourth Test subject to another fitness test by the Indian team physio. It will be a massive boost for India if Rohit Sharma returns to action as India look to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.