Cricket as a Career

In the memory of countless cricket lovers, experts and analysts who had access to blow – by – blow account of the historic biddings of cricket teams and players in Mumbai, the day, February 20, 2008 would remain etched for ever as a red – letter day in the annals of the game.

It was on this day that BCCI Backed Indian Premier League ( IPL ) registered its entry in the cricket scenario, thereby signalling a pathbreaking development in the realm of cricket as a thoroughly professional money – powered and commercially prospective game.

First the teams and then the players were put into auction. Both of them were sold off at unimaginable prices. The whole IPL episode highlights the career prospects for the youngsters.

The players are making money for themselves, their families and most of all, making name for themselves in the cricket history.

So, gone are the days when parents would ask their kids to stop playing outside and focus on studies. The time has come when parents have realised this fact that children’s lives should be enriched in all aspects, especially sports which figures high on the list of ‘must learns’.

The Indian Premier League auction of various Indian and international players have made cricket a viable career option.

The multi – crore pay outs to these players have compelled parents to consider sports as a sustainable career option for their children.

Even the schools are not averse to supporting sportsman students. Ms. Lata Vaidyanath, Principal, Delhi’s Modern School, Barakhamba Road, talks about her student Manan Sharma who is an XIth class student and is youngest player in the Delhi Ranji cricket team.

He is free to make his time table and the school accommodate him accordingly. Now, anyone who is hardworking and committed towards his game and can passionately work on it has several opportunities of becoming the next Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Rohit Sharma or Gautam Gambhir.

These youngsters who have usually struck it rich at the IPL mostly belong to middle class families but have made a name for themselves with their sheer hard work and commitment towards the game.

Let’s have a look at the entire IPL saga :

The Indian Premier League scheduled to start in April 2008 would last for 44 days, involving 59 matches.

The prize money for the league would be around Rupee 13 crore (US $3million). Each team would have a pool of 16 players, with a maximum of eight foreign players and a minimum of four under – 22 players.

Additionally, at least four players must be from the catchment area where the team is based.

The governing council consisted of Chairman and Commissioner Mr. Lalit Modi, Mr. Sunil Gavaskar, Mr. M.A.K. Pataudi and Mr. Ravi Shastri, Mr. Rajiv Shukla, Mr. Chirayu Amin, Mr. Inderjit Singh Bindra and Mr. Arun Jaidey.

Each team would play the other 7 teams home and away, the top four teams at the end of the group stages would proceed through to the semi finals.

On January 14, 2008, it was announced that a consortium consisting of India’s Sony Television network and Singapore based World Sports Group secured the rights of the Indian Premier League.

The record deal has a duration of ten years at a cost of US$1,026 billion. As part of the deal, the consortium would pay the BCCI US$918 million for the telecast rights and US$108 million for the promotion of the tournament.

The BCCI announced that the bulk of the proceeds from this deal would initially go to the IPL franchises themselves, gradually reducing this amount over the life of the contract.

The magnitude of the Indian Premier League was confirmed when the winning bidders for the eight franchises were announced on January 24, 2008. While the total base price for auction was US$400 million, the auction fetched US$723.59 million.

Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag. VVS Laxman was also offered icon status but opted to refuse to afford the Hyderabad franchise more financial flexibility.

The use of icon players ensures that top draw players will play only for their respective city sides – a strategy being used to increase fan support and interest amongst locals.

The players were even over-priced with Indian ODI skipper M.S. Dhoni fetching the maximum Rupee 6 crore. 19 – year – old Ishant Sharma will earn more than Rupee 1 lakh per delivery provided that he bowls his entire quota of four overs in each of the maximum possible matches.

One can also earn Rupee 37.5 lakh for one T20 match like M.S. Dhoni who will earn over seventeen times what he gets for every ODI he plays.

One of the very interesting clauses was that of the mandatory requirement of four Under – 21 players along with four cricketers from the ‘catchment’ area.

It is thus, a potential chance of having upto eight locals in the squad. The icons, the other contracted players, the upcoming guys, the under – 19s and the rest would get the chance to showcase their talent in the tournament.

This would mean that even a career as a Ranji cricketer who plays 45 days of IPL is lucrative in true sense of word and comparable to that of the MBAs and Software engineers of the country.

The biggest plus, thus, out of all this is the financial security that IPL would bring to these fringe players, thus enabling them to concentrate wholly and solely on cricket even during their offseasons without having to worry about their careers after cricket.

Prospects of Career in Cricket :

Ours is an age characterised by a tireless quest for financial stability, popularity, distinction and fame, which people from diverse social rungs are motivated to undertake in order to lead happy and prosperous life.

And career options are proliferating everywhere to facilitate their inner zeal and passion with diverse avenues of success.

Cricket, unquestionably the most popular game of the country, offers a highly prospective career option on all counts to a vast pool of unharnessed youth fired with a genuine passion for making both money and name.

The only thing it calls for is your sporting talent and certainly, there is no dearth of institutes run by former veterans and heavy weights where your talent can be recognised, nurtured and developed to the best of advantage for the country and for yourself.

Here, there is no need to burn the midnight oil studying voluminous books, preparing notes and giving lengthy presentations to achieve your dream destination.

It is by your sheer will and talent alone that you can excel any other career option, which can offer you everything you wish to have, from money, publicity, a large fan following and substantial degree of social esteem.

Not surprisingly, most of the distinguished celebrities of cricket, including icons like Sachin Tendulkar and M.S. Dhoni, had never been outstanding students.

But at a very young age, they decided to become cricketers and their efforts over the years have paid rich dividends culminating in what they are today – icons and idols who are looked up to, emulated and even deified by millions of youngsters across the length and breadth of the country.

Cricket Remuneration :

Cricket as a career provides fulfilment in many senses. A cricketer can earn money not only by playing but also by endorsements, public appearances, etc.

At present every cricketer receives around Rupee 2.60 lakh for per ODI and Rupee 3.5 lakh for per Test.

Besides this, BCCI had also announced the annual contract fees in Mumbai on September 27, 2007, which made the cricketers even more richer.

Cricket Academies in India :

Sr. No.SectionNumber of QuestionsTotal Marks

33 player pool was formed out of which seven players were included in Grade A. The Grade A players including Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan would get Rupee 60 lakh annually.

The Grade B players who would get Rupee 40 lakh annually included V.V.S. Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Zaffar, S. Sreesanth, Dinesh Kartik, Rudra Pratap Singh and Virender Sehwag.

The seven Grade C players including Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar, etc., would receive Rupee 25 lakh annually.

The newly formed Grade D included players having played 15 ODIs or five Tests and they would be on a contractual period of 12 months (October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008) where they would get Rupee 15 lakh each.

The eleven Grade D Players included Rohit Sharma, Joginder Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, etc. The players also receive ‘Man of the Match’ and ‘Man of the Series’ Awards which also amounts to a good number.

Besides playing for the nation, the cricketers also endorse many products. These endorsements help them to earn both name and fame.

Thus, being a cricketer is no less than being a businessman with a big bank balance coupled with lot of popularity and respect in the society.

So, after going through all the details given above, it can be concluded that sports now – a – days is not only an extra – curricular activity rather can be taken as viable career option.

The need of the hour is to tap the talent at the right time, nurture it and let the talented flower bloom.

The kids should be given enough freedom to choose their choice of game and then improve the skills to be the next Ishant Sharma or M.S. Dhoni. So, if you are sporting enough and are ready to put in the best of your efforts, cricket is the right career for you.

656 thoughts on “Career in Cricket

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  4. Hello i am 16 year old boy . I am batsman . I practice 5 hour every day .my best score is 181 run in under 19 tournament. I want make a cricket . Cricket is my life

  5. Cricket is my God.
    I ever got mixed response, punishment n rewards from parents. But only Dadaji supported me unconditional.

  6. I’m tanmoy pal from bankura. I m playing as a all rounder. Right arm fast bowler and middle order batsman.

  7. respected sir. i am gautam kumar… i am lefthand batsman and right arm off-spinner… i want to be play for india and indian cricket team …
    thank you …

  8. I want to be a cricket player . It’s my aim, goal and passion. But I don’t know how to start my career . Iam from Tamil Nadu.

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  10. Sir muje cricket mai carrier karna hai main 18th sal ka Hu to mai cricket me carrier kar sakta Hu agar kar sakta Hu to muje one year ki fees bataiye plz sir



  12. Again my self roshani patil. I can’t play matches of criceket in any state lavel, becozzz no one give me chance. But i do my best, if you trust me…so sir advice me for good cohing classes in JALGAON.Honestly I try to make best criceter. I will thankful for you

  13. My self roshani patil, Iam studing in 11th standard and I like to best criceter.I want to make my career in criceter. But I can’t get good support and chance. plzzzzz sir I want proper guidence and one me,becozzz cricket is my life.I am wating for your replay…..Plzzzz told me what i do????? your faithful

  14. Hello sir my self jatin i am right hand batsman&bowler living at dellhi shahadra.sir pleas mujhe ek chance dijiye.

  15. hiiii
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  16. hi myself rajat i m playing cricket for very long time age 18 age do i have any scope in cricket …i can bowl to …i just need a chance to perform …help me out

  17. Hello sir,
    Myself Abhishek tomar from Aligarh
    Sir I want to become a cricketer and I am 100 percent sure I will select in India cricket team. I am right hand batsman and medium bolwer . my main thing is my batting .doing best performance open to no.4 . I like cricket at 8 year old and I played many village tournament with my village boys who is 4 or 5 year bigger than me . sir plz plz plz give me one chance I give my best performance
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  18. My self is sohail idreeshi . I looking to build my career in cricket. I am Right handed batsman &wicket keeper.

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  20. I am 18 year old.. And i was a part of my college cricket team as a wk batsman i want to become a cricketer is it possible….. NOW…

  21. I am all rounder but I have middle family bilong I have no chance but sir give me one chance and I improved you I am best all rounder best filder best chater plz sir give the one chance for me…..

  22. Me sir cricket khelna chahta hu me Indian cricket ke liye India ke liye khelna chahta hu me sir garib ghar se bilong karta hu lekin me hardworking par yakin rkhta hu

  23. Sir, I am dheer singh , I want to play cricket in national/state team .am a right hand bowling of 145 kmh to 154 , and attacking batting in number 5 in our local district team.

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  25. I want opportunities to show my talent. How hard can it be to catch someone’s attention?

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  28. Hello sir my self Mayur Ghadi from Maharashtra (Current living at Mumbai) I am right arm Batsman & Bowler and best cacher i am looking career in cricket my age ( 22 Years ) Plz Plz sir Help me for my cricket career .

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  30. Hi.. I am 21 years old and I want to make my career as a cricketer. But I don’t have any idea of where to have coaching in cricket. I really love cricket and would give everything possible my best in the name of cricket. My age is getting older, so I need help. So, please, please help me.. … . I am a all rounder right player. I always try to give 100% in the field with good gesture. So, sir please trust me and help me. I won’t discourage you.

  31. Hi.. I am 21 years old and I want to make my career as a cricketer. But I don’t have any idea of where to have coaching in cricket. I really love cricket and would give everything possible my best in the name of cricket. My age is getting older, so I need help. So, please, please help me.. … .

  32. Hi, I am Sovan Banik,
    18 years old. I live in Cooch Behar
    a dist. of West Bengal.
    I want to be a professional cricketer.
    Please tell me how I can get the opportunity.

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  34. Sir I’m write hand bastman & faster bowler.age 22yr.give me one chance to prove mevsir

  35. Hi sir I am shan Singh,an I want be go in Indian team and play for my cuntery .I am right hand batsmen

  36. Hello sir I am Rakesh Markam from MP I love this game i am a medium pesser bowloer and part time bastman i am looking build my career in cricket plz i have need your tips for my career in cricket

  37. sir im 17.. n im a medium pacer .n coaching in sehwag cricket acadmey and i want to give trails for state. what should i do next?

  38. Sir my self Shivam Gupta living in Aligarh…
    Wnt to make career in cricket and wish to play IPL-10

  39. my name is arjun.p i am from thrissur district of kerala i am 16 years old i am a right handed batsmen and i am a right handed pace bowler i want a coach to build up my career as a indian cricket player so as to enter the indian cricket team pls help me so that i can be a part of the indian cricket team

  40. My name is rohit and I m taking coching in near my ground so I want to join indian cricket team.

  41. my self manthankangtani I am build my career in cricket I am left hand bastman&bowler spiner I live in Ahmedabad I born on 11/05/2000
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  42. hye
    my self faruk abdulla . i belong’s from bihar.I am playing cricket when i was only 6 years old. i am right hand batsman and bowler also. I am the wicket keepar of my athkoni team. you can know me as a perfact alrounder. I am a good player and i want my career in cricket you help me

    faruk abdulla

  43. my name is Aditya Pratap singh. i belong from farrukhabad uttar pradesh. my dob is 01.12.1993. i am a right handed batsman and right arm mediam fast bowler. I have done but now i change my goal i want play cricket for my country.please reply soon i am waiting for your answer.

  44. hello sir,
    i am saket khubchandani
    from gujarat
    i want to be a cricketer
    i am all rounder and
    i am also right handed batsman as well as right arm fast bowler
    if u will select me i will try my best to impress you
    thank you

  45. sir i am 18 year old and want to play cricket and also want to play in ipl …. but i what to do for carer in cricket…

  46. Sir can you give me a chance to play ipl im a fast bowler i live in mumbai in boriwali can u see my bowling pls sir give me one chance

  47. Respected sir I’M a very attacker bats man and I worked hard I am not tired to play cricket continue 12 to 18 hrs. In the cricket history any player not my ideal but some cricketers play good they have good cricket. Kya mujhe chance mil skta hai mai ek din ipl zroor khelunga sir thank you bhulna mt.

  48. Sir iam Abhishek Punacha iam a right handed fast bowler please give me a chane

  49. Hello sir i am Basavaraj hugar I am right arm spinn bowler see my talent I waiting for and playing in ipl

  50. hi sir,i am aravind, please sir help me i am a right handed bowler and batsmen, give me a one chance sir i will prove my self. please sir just one chance

  51. I am allrounder player.
    Right hand batsman and faster bowler.
    I want to start my career in cricket,i do my level best.

  52. Dear Sir,
    I’m Ajey,24.I wants to play for India. I can do hard work enough to get opportunity to play for my country. Pls recommend from where I can start for getting this precious opportunity.

  53. My name is Chandan Kumar, i am right arm mediam fast bowler. how to register in any team.
    please suggest.

  54. Hi sir i am looking for career in cricket I am RightHand Batsman & medium pace bowler and a very good fielder.So please give me a chance to exibit my talent in cricket.I hope you will contact me soon…

  55. Sir im right hand batsman…. virat sir ko dekh kr bahut kuch sikha hai…apne dristrict ka top batsman hu…plz sir help me….im 20 year only…my watsap numis 9795537728

  56. Hi.i am Pradeep zala.right hand batsman and wicket keeper.
    I really like to play cricket for all time.please god ,give me a one chane to play cricket .i will try my best in cricket.i am always redy to play cricket 24×7

  57. Sir I want to be my career in Cricket but my parents does not support me Please help me I love cricket Please please

  58. SIR i wanna make carrier in cricket
    I am an all rounder
    I am a left hand batsman and left hand fast bowler
    I am from uttar pradesh

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