All Play Can Result in a Big Pay!

A Full Time Career in Sports is now a Reality and a Viable Career Option

You must have heard of this adage: "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

Guess what, today, if you're serious about working sincerely on your sport, it can reward you with a handsome pay cheque. Yes, sport, which was traditionally considered as a hobby, is now a viable career option that's slowly gathering pace in India.

Here's an insight on the salaries of some of our top sports stars -

The Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli, 29, earns nothing less than Rs. 2 crore per annum playing for the country. This year, he will stand to earn Rs. 17 crore playing for just two months in the Indian Premier League Season 11!

Another young Mumbai cricketer Sarfaraz Khan, 20, is eligible to earn Rs. 3 crore from the IPL this year.

India's football captain Sunil Chhetri earns roughly about Rs. 1.1 crore playing for Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League this season.

Badminton stars PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal's salaries are also around the Rs 2-4 crore bracket.

A lot of money, right? Your name could be added to that list too!

You can choose sport as a career option depending on what sport you're good at — cricket, football, badminton, tennis, basketball etc. To become a sportsperson, you need to possess talent, but strong determination and perseverance is also needed to achieve high levels of fitness.

Parents, if you see your child inclined towards a sport, don't suppress it, rather encourage him/her to work hard. The government too is providing a lot of privileges to children who want to take up sport as a career.

As a sportsperson, you can get training from various Sports Authority of India (SAI) centres across the country.

Another option could be to enroll yourself at your nearest club's academy. These are breeding grounds for talent since many budding sports stars are picked from here to represent elite clubs and the nation in future.

Today, there are numerous clubs/franchises battling it out in high-profile leagues such as Pro Kabaddi League, Pro Badminton League etc. Such leagues are blossoming every year. The opportunities are aplenty and skilled professional players are more than welcome.

The only way to success in sport is hard work, there's no substitute for that!

Noel D'Souza, Senior Sports Journalist