Cricket captaincy is a difficult and thankless position. When you win, you always give credit to those who performed well, claiming that they were the victory’s driving force. If the team loses, the captain is held entirely responsible, with claims that the wrong players were chosen, important choices were not made when necessary, or that the captain was just unable to serve as the team’s leader. But practically all of the fan base is unaware of the subtle distinctions that create a captain and the tiny elements that the captain notices and responds to. Because of this, being a captain is both a challenging and fulfilling profession. Given that they are the leaders and must be treated as such, captains are compensated equally with other crew members. If a leader is not compensated better than the others, what good is he or she?
On the basis of it, the following is a list of cricket captains’ salaries from across the world:
Jos Buttler: $9 million per year
Following the famous Eoin Morgan’s decision to announce his retirement earlier this year, Jos Buttler has assumed leadership of the England white-ball team. Buttler has the highest salary of any captain in the world, and his hitting at the the top of the lineup makes it seem like money well-spent despite the lacklustre performances under his direction and Buttler’s own difficult start to life as a captain. By helping England win the 2017 T20 World Cup in Australia, wherever they will be one of the favourites, Buttler will be trying to demonstrate that he is worth the money he is being paid.
Ben Stokes: $9 million per year
As the new test captain for England, Ben Stokes has had an outstanding start to his career. England has won 6 of the 7 tests he has led, beating powerhouses like New Zealand, India, and South Africa, who are now atop the WTC table. It is reasonable to say that the Englishman, who was born in New Zealand, is living up to his salary, which puts him on par with England’s white-ball captain Jos Buttler. Even if England is unable to go to the WTC finals this year, the team under Stokes has made progress, and it is hoped that this trend will continue.
Rohit Sharma earns 7 crores each annum
Rohit Sharma, the most successful IPL captain and India’s current all-format captain, is ranked third. Sharma has been as smooth as he is when batting in his role as captain, and his salary is proof of it. Despite all the fanfare around him as captain, India’s poor elimination from the Asia Cup has led to some concerns about his nonverbal cues and emotional management, but it is hoped that he does well in the T20 World Cup.
Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch – 5 crore INR per
The powerful Australian cricket team’s white-ball and red-ball skippers are up next. While Pat Cummins has successfully filled Tim Paine’s position as test captain after the latter took an indefinite leave of absence and helped Australia maintain their winning streak in tests; Aaron Finch has gone through arguably his worst stretch of form in his career; which also happened to coincide with his tenure as captain. Despite the fact that they were both paid lavishly, Cummins is presently demonstrating his value. Cricket Australia will search for a capable replacement for Finch now that he has announced his retirement from ODIs.
Dean Elgar: $3.25 million USD per year
In the best meaning of the phrase, Dean Elgar embodies guts and willpower. His leadership style is also resolute and no-nonsense, just like him. And that has benefited this new generation of ambitious proteas who have evolved into competitive rivals with stony faces. Elgar doesn’t give a damn about being underpaid in comparison to his competitors.
Temba Bavuma – 2.5 crore INR per year
Temba Bavuma is another leader who has earned the respect of his team gradually but steadily. From being a supposedly inexperienced guy; Bavuma has developed into a shrewd leader of men; and this is now evident in the way this new group of young players plays and speaks well of Bavuma. This man most certainly deserves a pay increase right now because of the excellent work he has already accomplished.
Kane Williamson: Rs. 2 crore per annum
The next name on the list is Mr. Dependable from New Zealand. Williamson will continue to play an important role in the future success of the Kiwis because several prominent players have refused central contracts because they have committed to play in other leagues after the high of winning the first WTC title