MS Dhoni Dropped From Annual Team India Contract List By BCCI

Mumbai: Another shock for Indian cricket fans, wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni was removed from the list of centrally contracted players by the BCCI, while Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jaspreet Bumrah have been listed in the A + category.

The 38-year-old Dhoni is currently staying away from the game for the last time and played competitive cricket during the World Cup.

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He faced criticism for his slow batting during India’s matches in the tournament. Particularly in games against England and New Zealand (semi-finals), he suffered the brunt of the netizens which led him to the loss of the Men in Blue.

The BCCI released the list of centrally contracted players on Thursday for the period from October 2019 to September 2020. With Dhoni not included in the list, his future will come under serious speculation later.

A + category players will get Rs 7 crore, A category players will get Rs 5 crore, while B and C category players will get Rs 3 crore respectively.

Here is the list of players under each category:

A+ category: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah

A category: Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chesteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant

B category: Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal

C category: Kedar Jadhav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, and Washington Sundar.

India is currently playing Australia in a three-match ODI series. The Men in Blue lost the first ODI, and the next match will be played on January 17 at Rajkot.

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