Apparently it pays to be a successful Indian cricket player.
After taking top spot in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup, the India team received the following:
(Keep in mind:
10 lakh = 1 millon
1 crore = 100 lakhs or 10 million
1 lakh = 100 thousand
5 lakh = 1/2 million
1 US Dollar = Rs 40)
- Prize money worth $490,000 for winning the Twenty20 World Cup.
- The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) announced a prize of $3 million (Rs 12 crore) for the team. Each member got a check for Rs 80 lakhs.
- A special cash reward of Rs 1 crore was given to Yuvraj Singh for his 6 sixes in an over.
- The support staff, including the Manager, Bowling Coach, Fielding Coach and Physio got Rs 15 lakhs each.
- Lalit Modi, Vice President of BCCI, gifted a Porsche to Yuvraj Singh on his personal capacity.
- Neosport presented a Mercedes to R P Singh for his excellent bowling performance in the tournament.
- Sahara India gave flats (worth Rs 25 lakhs = $62,500) to each cricketer.
- The Delhi government has decided to offer free Air services to all members of Team India for 5 years.
- Air India and Indian Airlines announced out-of-turn promotion for some cricketers including Dhoni, Uthappa, Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh. They will also get a steep hike in their salary.
- The Haryana government has given Rs 21 lakhs to Joginder Singh.
- The Karnataka government has announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakhs each for player, Robin Uthappa and bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad.
- Maharashtra government has announced a reward of Rs. 10 lakhs each for Ajit Agarkar and Rohit Sharma.
- Virender Sewhag and Gautam Gambhir will receive Rs 5 lakhs each from the Delhi government.
- The Kerala government has announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakhs for S Sreesanth.
- The Baroda Cricket Association has handed over checks worth Rs 11 lakhs each to Pathan brothers – Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan. In addition, they also received Rs 5 lakhs each from the Gujarat government.
- RP Singh became the first recipient of the Manyavar Kanshiramji International Sports Award that carries a reward of Rs 10 lakhs.
- The Jharkhand Government has bestowed the first “Jharkhand Ratna” award on Mahendra Singh Dhoni. According to the Chief Minister of the state, Dhoni will get a “surprise gift” on arrival.
- The Union government has decided to give Z+ Security cover to M S Dhoni. Although it’s not an award, only few eminent and VVIP persons in the country receive such security cover.
[Via: Cricket Buzz]