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On April 2, 2011, exactly a year ago, the entire nation was high on team India’s historic performance in cricket. The men in blue defeated Sri Lanka in the finals of the 2011 ICC World Cup and regained the honours after a long wait of 28 years!

So what did this win do for Indian cricketers’ value in the endorsements market? YourMoneySite takes a look at how much some prominent cricketers earned in the financial year 2011-12.

Cricketer’s and their purses post ICC World Cup 2011

MS Dhoni

Indian skipper signed a mouth-watering deal like no other player before. Rhiti Sports signed a two-year contract of $43 million or equivalent to Rs 2 billion. Captain Cool saw his earnings jump to approximately $8 million in year 2011-2012.

Sachin Tendulkar

The batting maestro, now with a century of centuries under his belt, saw estimated earnings of $10 million in 2011-12. Sachin endorses products like Aviva Life Insurance, Sunfeast, Coca-Cola, Castrol India, Toshiba and Reynolds.

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj made approximately $5.5 million during 2011-12. However, lung cancer(stage-1) put the all-rounder out of action for most of 2011. Yuvi endorses brands like Birla Sun Life, Royal Stag Mega Music, Parachute Hair Cream, Pepsi and Reebok.

Down memory lane

The visitors gave Indians a run for their money. After piling of a total of 274 runs, the cricket world witnessed one of the best innings of ODI cricket. Mahela Jayawardene put Sri Lanka into the driver’s seat after smashing 103 runs in just 89 balls. However, Indian bowlers too put up a good show in the early overs of the match, until Sri Lankan batsmen were let loose in death overs.

The second half of the game saw the momentum swing towards Sri Lanka. If Jayawardene’s century saw pressure mounting among fans and players, the quick dismissal of Virender Sehwag by Lasith Malinga saw billions skip a heart-beat. Sachin Tendulkar’s presence at the crease was a ray of hope. However, Wankhede Stadium was stunned in silence when Tendulkar nudged a Malinga delivery to wicket –keeper Kumar Sangakkra.

Gautam Gambir and Virat Kohli tired to rebuild the innings, after an 83 run patnership, but Kohli perished, to the brilliance of Dilshan. The next player to come in was the in-form Yuvraj Singh, however skipper Dhoni promoted himself to write the winning script for team India. Gambhir missed out on a century by just 3 runs. Dhoni and Yuvraj stayed on till the end with the skipper finishing the proceedings in style. He smashed a six that went sailing into the Wankhede stands. The entire nation was on frenzy, millions of fans were seen dancing on the streets from every corner of the country.


Apart from endorsements, MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh are Grade-A players under the BCCI’s contract. Players in this grade receive retainership fee of Rs 1 crore yearly. Players of Grade-B & Grade-C receive retainership fee of Rs 50 lakh and 25 lakh respectively.

Players also receive a fee for each Test Match, ODI and T20 as follows:

Test match: Rs 7 lakh per match
ODI: Rs 4 lakh per match
T20: Rs 2 lakh per match

Now India played 14 test matches, 25 ODI’s and 5 T20 internationals from April 2011 to March 2012. Based on this, calculating how much one cricketer (who played all matches) earned the minimum last year – Rs 208 lakh or Rs 2,08,00,000 in one single year! And this, whether the team wins or loses!

6 IPL Superstars to Emulate in Your Cricket Team | ipl news | latest updates | today | sachin tendulkar | yusuf pathan | brett lee | kp

6 IPL Superstars to Emulate in Your Cricket Team

Many have criticised the Indian Premier League as being less about cricket and more about entertainment. But it is very serious cricket business that is played by cricketers from which we can all learn lessons.

So, on the cusp of IPL 5, I take a look at some of the superstars of the game, and how you can match the players in your Twenty20 team to similar roles (even if the talent levels are not as high).

Here are my top Twenty20 roles:
Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin is the opposite of the clich├ęd view of a Twenty20 player. He plays proper cricket shots all round the park. The only difference between his first-class and IPL game is that he scores off more balls.

This is good to know for the ‘classical’ batsman who plays at club level and worries he needs to bash it to be a success. As long as you know how to drive straight, play well through the leg side and rotate the strike then you will be able play your natural game in T20.

Yusuf Pathan

Equally as box office as the little master, Pathan is a far more typical T20 player. His clean strike of the cricket ball is the biggest of his all-round strengths. He takes the game away from the opposition.

If your side is blessed with a player who has a great eye and a long handle then you can use him like Pathan. Don’t worry about his technique, ugly runs are still runs. Make him your impact player, give him free reign to bash it and avoid complaining when he fails (as he is more likely to do than classical batsmen).

Brett Lee

Really fast bowling is a double edged sword in Twenty20. With a new ball swinging around, close catchers in the opening overs and uncomfortable pace your fast man can get you early breakthroughs which can destroy an innings.

On the other hand, the ball can fly off the bat and give your opponents a great start. So like Lee you need a bowler who can switch from wicket mode to defence mode. Give him the new ball and see what happens but if he doesn’t come off then make sure he has a decent Yorker and bring him back at the end.

Kevin Pietersen

Every cricket team in the world has the guy who plays an unorthodox game, but they play it so well they get away with their differences. This guy is your Kevin Pietersen.

Give him the freedom to put the ball into unusual areas (wherever that may be) and he will have confidence that rewards you with runs. If you want to know more about playing the KP way

Praveen Kumar

It’s impossible for any Indian player to be under-rated - the hype around every one is astounding - but Praveen Kumar is certainly close. He bowls seemingly innocuous medium-pacer swingers that shouldn’t worry anyone but has such drive and nous that he is incredibly effective.

Street-smarts combined with control go a long way to overcome a lack of pace. As most bowlers at club, school and Academy level are not terrifyingly quick, you have a chance to mould them into Kumar style bowlers.

Learn to swing the ball, learn to read the batsman and learn how to bowl the perfect yorker and you have a great T20 bowler, even if he isn’t searing the ball past people’s noses.

Jesse Ryder

Ryder’s problems have been well documented alongside his talent. And while I hope nobody has issues as serious as Jesse has seen before returning to the IPL, there is every chance you have the talented player who is distracted by other things too.

Manage this player as well as you can, realising that he has other priorities and you can’t do anything about them. It helps if the captain can buld in the team that makes him want to be there. Twenty20 is good for that because it’s all over much faster.