Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers IPL pay ‘on par with Ronaldo’

Virat Kohli, seen here playing Test cricket for India, will earn a staggering $2.7 million for the 6-week IPL season with the Royal Challengers Banglaore. (Reuters)
Updated 07 January 2018

Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers IPL pay ‘on par with Ronaldo’

BANGALORE: Coimbatarao Gopinath is the last survivor from the XI that clinched India’s first Test victory, against England in Chennai in 1952. He played eight Tests across an eight-year period, missing several others because his employers wouldn’t grant him leave. A few years ago, at an event that also included Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri, the current coach, Gopinath spoke of the financial hardships players endured in his time.
“It wasn’t uncommon for catches to be dropped deliberately so that the game went into a fifth day,” he said. “We were paid 50 Rupees a day as allowance. And if the game finished early, you would forfeit the fee for that day.”
Just let that sink in. If you factor in inflation, the match allowance for Gopinath and his teammates (250 Rupees) would be worth around 13,500 now. Virat Kohli’s current retainer with the national team is worth 20 million Rupees. Match fees and win bonuses are additional.
But even those sums are dwarfed by the money that Kohli will earn for leading Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Having already represented the franchise for ten seasons, he was retained by them ahead of the mega auction that precedes season XI. The sum guaranteed? An eye-watering $2.7million a year.
Considering that the IPL is a six-week event, it means that Kohli will be taking home nearly as much money as Cristiano Ronaldo (on £365,000 a week) does at Real Madrid. In fact, there are only seven footballers, most of them now based in China, that earn more than Kohli will per week.
In his first season, when he was drafted in as an Under-19 player, Kohli was paid 3 million Rupees. It’s a sign of the times that Sarfaraz Khan, the third player to be retained by RCB after Kohli and AB de Villiers, will be paid 17.5 million Rupees for the season.
When Kohli was first contracted, he had already won a World Cup with the Under-19s and shown his mettle for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy. Sarfaraz too was an Under-19 star, but he has done precious little since. There was a season of big hitting in the IPL (2015), but Kohli dropped him the following year because his fitness levels were not up to the mark.
Given his mastery of the white-ball formats, the money invested on Kohli can be seen as a low-risk proposition. But the list of retained names serves as a reminder of how ruthless the franchises have become, of how there’s absolutely no room for sentiment.
Take the Mumbai Indians, the most successful team in the competition’s history, with three titles. Rohit Sharma (150 million Rupees), Hardik Pandya (110 million) and Jasprit Bumrah (70 million) have all been retained, but HarbHajjan Singh, Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga, who were central to Mumbai’s transformation from nearly men to the real deal, have all been sent back to the auction pool.
Mumbai do have two right-to-match cards they can use at the auction to bring those players back into the fold, but there’s no guarantee they’ll use them. Kolkata Knight Riders won two titles under Gautam Gambhir’s captaincy. But they’ve retained only Sunil Narine, who revealed another string to his bow last season with some devastating hitting at the top of the order, and Andre Russell, back after serving a drugs ban.
There’s no room at the Chennai Super Kings for Ravichandran Ashwin, the local hero, with Ravindra Jadeja the chosen spinner alongside MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. Sunrisers Hyderabad, winners in 2016, have retained only David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Yuvraj Singh, who helped kickstart the Twenty20 revolution in India with his six sixes off Stuart Broad at the World Twenty20 in 2007, goes back to the auction.
At least, Yuvraj, Gambhir and the others shunned by the franchises they served don’t have to worry about spending nights in a railway carriage. That was what Gopinath and his teammates did when they toured Pakistan in 1954-55. Their accommodation in Bahawalpur, where they played a Test, was a carriage in a siding.
It’s unlikely that Kohli will have to worry about the room service bill any time soon.

Three Germany fans filmed shouting racist abuse at Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan turn themselves in

Updated 22 March 2019

Three Germany fans filmed shouting racist abuse at Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan turn themselves in

  • Alleged abuse took place during Germany’s 1-1 draw with Serbia in Wolfsburg on Wednesday
  • Men accused of chanting “Heil Hitler” and shouted “we need another small Austrian.”

WOLFSBURG:Three men who shouted racist abuse at Germany’s Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan during the friendly with Serbia turned themselves in after another fan posted a video on Facebook, police said Friday.

After the images, taken during Germany’s 1-1 draw with Serbia in Wolfsburg on Wednesday, appeared online, “they presented themselves and confessed they were the three alleged perpetrators,” confirmed local police spokesman Thomas Figge.

“They gave a preliminary statement presenting their version of events.”

Another supporter, identified by German tabloid Bild as Andre Voigt, a journalist who had gone to the match as a fan, filmed the trio insulting Manchester City players Sane, whose father is from Senegal, and Gundogan, the son of Turkish immigrants.

The German Football Association on Friday condemned the verbal attacks in the “strongest terms” and said it would ban from matches any perpetrators confirmed to have made the chants.

Voigt said the men had chanted “Heil Hitler” and shouted “we need another small Austrian.”

“Every time Sane touched the ball, they insulted his color. Gundogan was insulted as a Turk. They spoke in pseudo-Turkish accents every time he had the ball. And then they’d start again with ‘black, black, black!’“

The men are aged between 30 and 40, said Figge.

“The police will continue their investigation into incitement to hate and send the file to the prosecutor’s office early next week,” said the police spokesman.

Gundogan, along with Mesut Ozil, was the center of controversy before the World Cup for posing for a photo alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Midfielder Leon Goretzka said those responsible for the chants must be dealt with accordingly.

“The video shocked me and decisive action has to be taken against it,” said the 24-year-old Bayern Munich player.

“We stand for diversity, integration should be a matter of course, I can only call on everyone to act with a lot of courage and put people like that in their place.”