Even as India celebrated their maiden 2-1 ODI series triumph over Australia in Australia, legendary Sunil Gavaskar criticised Cricket Australia for giving a meagre cheque of Rs 500 US dollars as prize money to Man of the Match Yuzvendra Chahal and Man of the Series M S Dhoni.
While Dhoni hit an unbeaten 87, Chahal ran through the Aussies with 6 for 42. As Dhoni collected the Man of the Series trophy, Gavaskar was shocked to note that the prize money was only 500 USD.
"What is USD 500 and it's a pity that the team has got only a trophy. They (organisers) earn so much money through broadcast rights. Why can't they give good prize money to the players? After all, players are the sole reason for the sport getting huge money (from sponsors)," Gavaskar was heard saying on 'Sony Six'.
"Look at the prize money being given away at the Wimbledon. It's phenomenal. The players are key in generating money, so they must be rewarded handsomely," he added.
Speaking of the game, India chased down 231 on a tough surface to win by seven wickets. Apart from Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav starred with 61 not out as the duo added 122 and took India over the line.
--By A Cricket Correspondent