Cricket has always been the favorite sport in India, and its popularity is unmatched. Be it one-day matches or test series; cricket has the largest number of viewership spanning all age groups. Every single aspect of this game right from the players and coach to commentators is blessed with the ‘Midas touch.’ Till now you only knew about how much the players earned per match including the brand endorsements. Do you have any idea how much the cricket commentators make in every match? Ever wondered about the salary of a cricket commentator? Well, much to your surprise (and even ours), cricket commentators in India get paid even more than the players! No wonder then, cricket players choose to become a commentator after retiring.
Talking about cricket, earlier we only waited for the World Cup matches. But with the start of IPL, the new era of cricket has just begun. With more and more matches being played every day, the demand for players as well as cricket commentators is on the rise. Cricket commentators are individuals who not only love this game but can also talk about it in a manner that can entice million of viewers across the world. They need to have the thorough knowledge of the match, remember milestone matches, teams, the name of players (both past and present) and almost every single detail of this match. So if you want to know how much veteran cricket commentators earn in every match, take a look below.
1. Sunil Gavaskar –
A veteran cricket player, Sunil Gavaskar is a highly popular cricket commentator. A good critic, he proficiently uses his in-depth knowledge of the game while making comments during the match. Sunil Gavaskar is one of the highest paid cricket commentators in India earning a whooping 90 lakhs for a series.
2. Harsha Bhogale –
It has always been a pleasure for the audience to hear Harsha Bhogale during a one-day or test series matches. This famous cricket commentator earns approximately 40 lakhs for every match.
3. Anil Kumble –
Anil Kumble has been giving commentary on several International matches, and we know he loves his job. On an average, this ex-cricket players gets paid 39 lakhs for a series.
4. Ravi Shastri –
Ravi Shastri has been doing cricket commentary for more over two decades now. This former player earns an unbelievable 10-15 lakhs every day, and his earnings are close to Sunil Gavaskar. Ravi Shastri is also the highest paid cricket coach of the world.
5. Sanjay Manjrekar –
Sanjay Manjrekar’s cricket career might not have been very fulfilling, but he surely is making some good money from his cricket commentator’s job. During the Indian team tour of South Africa, he was paid 36 lakhs for his service.
6. Navjot Singh Sidhu –
Navjot Singh Sidhu has been known for his entertaining commentary during matches. This ex-player earns approximately 2 lakhs per match for his cricket commentary quotes.
These figures are, however, just an assumption. The actual salaries of cricket commentators vary as per their qualification, experience and cricket governing bodies. Besides being paid hefty salaries, cricket commentators have direct access to all cricket players worldwide and a phenomenal fan following. The cricket fever is gaining momentum with every passing year, and so the future prospect seems very promising.