Indian cricket: Of multi-crore deals, consistency and Ranji Kings Mumbai


Dhoni may be the Indian cricketer with the most endorsements but Tendulkar makes more money per deal than the Indian captain. Dhoni boasts of a Rs. 180 crore deal and has over 20 brands in his portfolio.

Tendulkar has fourteen endorsements and charges around Rs. 6 – Rs. 7 crores per client. Tendulkar has always been selective about his clientele — the number of brands endorsed hovers around twelve to fifteen at a time.

Contrast this to Saina Nehwal’s recent hike in her price from Rs. 50 lakhs to a high of a crore and you can see the yawning difference in how other sports stars are treated in this country.

Keep in mind that cricket has just ten Test playing nations. It’s not quite cricket, is it?

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Former cricketer and selector Anshuman Gaekwad, Mumbai coach Praveen Amre Praveen Amre and Saurashtra team coach Debu Mitra have enlightened us as to what goes into the selection of a player for the Indian Test team.

It consists of one word — consistency. Consistency is the key. You may be flamboyant, you may hog the headlines, the fashion and TV shows and Page 3 but if you do not score consistently big on the cricket field, you will not get the nod from the wise men of Indian cricket.

This is not good news for a Rohit Sharma or a Manish Pandey.Those once-in-a- blue-moon performances are not going to do stand scrutiny. It is the Pujaras, the Rahanes, the Kohlis and even the Badrinaths who have a better shot at donning the traditional whites.

Eat  your hearts out, ODI and T20 specialists!

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Forgotten ex-India opener and current Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer is focused on leading Mumbai to its third successive Ranji trophy title in three years. Yes, Mumbai are seeking a three-peat! It will also be Mumbai’s 40th Ranji trophy victory if they pull it off.

But the road to the title will not be easy.Last year, Mumbai won just one match in the league phase before the knockouts. The bowling department lacks experience with just Agarkar and Powar having played any meaningful international cricket.

It is also an opportunity for Ajinkya Rahane, Abhishek Nayar and Rohit Sharma to make their mark and stake their claim to the Indian side.

Three cheers for Mumbai!


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