18 Jan 2019: Sunil Gavaskar thrashes Australia for giving India no prize money
India defeated Australia in their last ODI via an MS Dhoni masterclass and clinched victory for the first time in history in a bilateral ODI series at Australia.
The tour has been pretty rewarding for India, but former captain Sunil Gavaskar is not happy with the fact that India were not given any prize money for winning the series.
Here's what he said.
Comments: Gavaskar: Pity that the team has got only a trophy
Gavaskar said that it was a pity Cricket Australia gave the Indian players only a trophy and no monetary reward whatsoever.
He pointed out the fact that such a series generates huge revenue and it is largely due to the players that this happens.
Thus, players deserve generous compensations for the revenue they generate, Gavaskar explained.
He put in Wimbledon Open as an example.
Fact: How much do Wimbledon Open participants earn?
It is believed that even Wimbledon Open participants who exit in the first round pocket around Rs. 36 lakh each, whereas the singles winners receive around £2.25 million each, close to Rs. 20 crore per head.
Tour: Sans the money, tour has been extremely rewarding for India
The Australian tour was a milestone moment in Indian cricket history.
This was the first time India managed to defeat Australia in a Test and ODI series at their home.
India won both the series 2-1 and the victory will serve as a massive boost to the Men in Blues as they prepare for the New Zealand tour and the Cricket World Cup.
Dhoni: Any doubt over MSD's form has been cast aside
Dhoni proved to be a vital part of the Indian limited-overs team after being kept out of the ODI and T20I series against West Indies and the T20I series against Australia.
Dhoni proved his merit with the bat today at Melbourne with a gritty 87.
He had scored 55 in the second ODI at Adelaide and 51 in the first ODI at Sydney.