What Is The Salary Of Indian Cricket Team Coach?

Nidhi Nangia
By Nidhi Nangia. February 13, 2018
What Is The Salary Of Indian Cricket Team Coach?

We all have an idea about how much Indian cricketers earn. We have a general idea about their wages which is one of the reasons it is such a desirable career for many young players. They also earn a fair amount from promotions and brand advertisements. But do we know what is the salary of Indian cricket team coach? At present, Ravi Shastri, a former cricketer himself, is serving as the head coach of the Indian cricket team. Until recently, he has been the highest paid coach for the Indian cricket team. Surprisingly enough, he earned around Rs. 1.20 crore within the very first 3 months after taking his position as the new coach of the Indian cricket team. Let’s read this oneHOWTO article to find out more.

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  1. Salary details of the Indian cricket coach
  2. Comparison
  3. Role of an Indian Cricket Team Coach
  4. Successful Indian Cricket Team Coaches

Salary details of the Indian cricket coach

In July 2017, Ravi Shastri was appointed as the head coach of the Indian cricket team. His first assignment was the Indian team’s tour of Sri Lanka where there was a schedule to play one T20, 5 ODIs and 3 test matches. According to reports, BCCI will be paying Rs. 7.5 crore to Shastri as an annual pay package. This is Rs. 1.25 crore more salary than the former coach of the team, Anil Kumble. In a meeting between Shastri, Amitabh Chaudhary, Diana Edulji and CK Khanna, Shastri had demanded Rs. 7.75 crore and the management negotiated at Rs. 7.5 crore.

Along with Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun is the bowling coach and Sanjay Bangar is the assistant coach of the Indian cricket team. According to reports, Bharat Arun is expected to receive Rs. 2 crore per annum for his services in the Indian cricket team. On the other hand, Sanjay Bangar’s salary is believed to be Rs. 2.25 crore per annum. R Sridhar is the fielding coach of the Indian cricket team, who is believed to get Rs. 1.8 crore in a year.

All the money paid to the head coach and his support staff includes compensation that they lose because of relinquishment of their post during IPL. A new rule has been launched as per which coach of the BCCI team will not be allowed to work for any IPL team.


Ravi Shastri is the highest paid coach of any cricket team in the world. He is paid even more money than the top players of the Indian cricket team, including Virat Kohli, the team's captain. He is even paid more than Darren Lehman, the coach of the Australian cricket team, and Trevor Bayliss, the mentor of the English cricket team. In dollars, Shastri draws $1.17 million USD in a year, as compared to 0.55 million USD of Lehman and 0.52 million USD of Bayliss.

A report suggests that boards of South Asian cricket teams pay more to their coaches than their top rated players. Bangladesh pays 5 times more salary to Chandika Hathurasingha than its top player and Pakistan pays 3 times more salary to Mickey Arthur than their top player. When it comes to Indian cricket team, salary of Shastri is much more than that of Virat Kohli.

Kohli’s salary is around 1 million USD in a year, but this is not inclusive of the amount he earns with brand advertising. His worldwide counterparts are Joe Root and Steve Smith who earn $1.27 million USD and $1.47 million USD respectively.

What Is The Salary Of Indian Cricket Team Coach? - Comparison

Role of an Indian Cricket Team Coach

The head coach of the Indian cricket team has a multitude of tasks, including:

  • To work as a player’s mediator to help them reach their potential
  • To amend the work areas with valuable suggestions and inputs
  • To boost the players’ morale during high pressure situations
  • To resolve any fights between team players
  • To contribute in strategic decisions of the team, such as adding or subtracting any players from the team
  • To pass on strategies during the matches
  • To make the players feel comfortable and let them play their game while sticking to the basics
  • To keep the players united and focused
  • To make best use of each individual player available
  • To watch out for each player’s movements and correct if needed

As coach of the Indian cricket team, you need to command respect, while at the same time maintaining balance. You have to work out style, approach and strategies of the game, amending them more precisely during each match. You have to let each player realize what is best for them and ensure that all the players function as a united team. It helps when the coach is a former player himself, but it is not imperative.

You can coach a team if you have full knowledge of the game. There have been 12 coaches of Indian cricket team, all of them were former cricket players and 9 of them were Indian cricket players only. Although John Buchanan and Dav Whatmore did not succeed as international level cricket players, but they became excellent coaches. You need to be a great manager of the team instead of being a good coach. A good coach can actually make a difference in the team’s performance.

Successful Indian Cricket Team Coaches

Position of a coach in Indian cricket Team was established in 1990. Bishan Singh Bedi, the former spinner took over as the first coach of Indian cricket team. Since then, the team has been coached by 12 coaches, both Indians and foreigners. Let’s talk about some of the most successful Indian cricket team coaches.

Ajit Wadekar: Ajit was a former skipper who coached the team in 71 ODIs and 22 test matches. Under him, Indian cricket team won 11 tests, 41 ODIs and even entered 1996 World Cup semi-finals. The team also won a number of multi-nation tournaments, including 1991 Asia Cup, Singer World Series 1994, Wills World Series 1994, and CAB Jubilee Tournament 1993.

John Wright: John was the first foreigner to become the coach of the Indian cricket team. Young cricketers like Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag got opportunities to shine under his coaching. Indian team won the Natwest Series 2002, jointly won Champions Trophy 2002, and beat Pakistan in both ODIs and tests in 2004. They reached World Cup final in 2003 with extraordinary performance.

Duncan Fletcher: Duncan was the former cricketer for Zimbabwe, and became India’s coach in 2011. He remained the Indian team’s coach from 2011 to 2015, during which the team played 109 ODIs, 25 T20s, and 39 test matches. Under his coaching, the team won the Champions Trophy 2013, reached the finals of World T20 2014, and reached semi-finals of World Cup 2015 in New Zealand and Australia.

Anil Kumble: Although Kumble remained the coach of Indian cricket team for only one year, the team gave some of its best performances under his coaching. With Kumble as the head coach, the Indian team won 11 out of 15 tests, 2 out of 5 T20s and 8 out of 13 ODIs. His contract as a coach was expected to be renewed, but Kumble decided to resign due to some rifts with Virat Kohli. Anil Kumble earned Rs. 6.25 crore as the head coach of Indian cricket team, and this figure was significantly increased when Ravi Shastri took over his position. Kumble had applied for a salary hike, which eventually benefited Ravi Shastri in the long run.

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