Jadeja, Patel, and Pandya Earn Bigger Contracts in Latest BCCI Update
Star all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, and Hardik Pandya received a significant boost in their BCCI contracts as the Indian cricket board announced their annual contracts on Sunday. Jadeja was awarded the elite Grade A+ retainership, while Axar got promoted to the A category, and Hardik was bumped up to Grade A from Grade C.
Jadeja Leads the Elite A+ Retainership Category
Ravindra Jadeja, one of the most prolific all-rounders in modern cricket, was the highlight of the BCCI annual contracts as he earned a promotion to the top-tier Grade A+ retainership category. The 34-year-old cricketer was joint Player of the Series in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, which underlines his immense contribution to
the Indian cricket team's success. With Jadeja's promotion, the A+ category now features only four players, including Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Jasprit Bumrah.
Axar Patel Earns Promotion to Grade A
Axar Patel, who made a sensational debut in the Test series against England earlier this year, received a significant boost in his BCCI contract as he got promoted to the A category. The left-arm spinner, who replaced an injured Jadeja in the Indian Test squad, impressed everyone with his impeccable accuracy and variations. Patel's promotion is a testament to his growing stature in Indian cricket and his ability to perform under pressure.
Hardik Pandya Bumped up to Grade A
Hardik Pandya, one of the most
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explosive all-rounders in world cricket, was another big gainer in the BCCI annual contracts as he got bumped up to Grade A from Grade C. Pandya, who had a decent outing in the recent limited-overs series against England, is an essential member of the Indian cricket team due to his ability to bat, bowl, and field at the highest level. With his promotion, Pandya's annual contract has increased by a whopping INR 1 crore.
New Faces in the Central Contracts
Apart from the big promotions, the BCCI annual contracts also featured a few new faces, as Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, and Arshdeep Singh were awarded central contracts for the first time. Ishan Kishan, who
made a blistering debut in the T20I series against England, was rewarded with a Grade C contract, while Deepak Hooda and Arshdeep Singh got Grade C contracts. The new additions highlight the BCCI's commitment to recognizing and nurturing young talent.
The BCCI annual contracts announcement brought good news for some of the most exciting all-rounders in Indian cricket. Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, and Hardik Pandya's promotions underline their growing importance in the Indian cricket team's setup, while the new faces in the central contracts highlight the board's efforts to build a strong pipeline of young talent. The fans will be eagerly waiting to see these talented cricketers in action in the upcoming series.