4. MS Dhoni – ₹5 Crores
This could be Dhoni’s last annual contract in case he decides to retire after the World Cup. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has served his nation for a long time. Previously he was paid in the highest bracket, but it was downscaled last year.
This is because the ‘Grade A+’ is for those who plays all three formats on a regular basis. But Dhoni has retired for the Test format in 2015. Dhoni had a rough 2018, but has returned to form from the start of 2019. He is expected to perform well at the World Cup in England.
5. Ravichandran Ashwin – ₹5 Crores
Ashwin has been ignored in the limited-overs format for some time. However he has continued performing well in the longest format. The off-spinner has the record of performing well in Tests in both home and overseas conditions.
He is also very innovative and always works in creating new variations. As a result of his hard work, BCCI has decided to retain his ‘Grade A’ contract. Ashwin will be looking to make a comeback in the white-ball format soon.
6. Ravindra Jadeja – ₹5 Crores
Along with Ashwin, his spin partner Jadeja was overlooked for the limited-overs format. But an injury to Hardik Pandya during the Asia Cup 2018 brought Jadeja back into the fold. Since then he has been around in the limited-overs format.
Jadeja is very economical with the ball and provides important breakthroughs at regular intervals. In Test format, Jaddu is one of the best all-rounders at the moment. His all-round ability lends a great balance to the team.