Former England captain Michael Vaughan was left disappointed after Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was left in Grade A of BCCI's central contracts for 2020-21, released by the Indian board on Friday.
Following the release, Vaughan took to Twitter to write, "Disgrace ... he should be on the biggest behind Virat ..."
A total of 28 cricketers were awarded central contracts in four categories on Thursday.
At this moment in Indian cricket, there are only three certainties across formats and the scenario hasn't changed with Kohli, Rohit and Bumrah being the elite of elites.
All-rounder Pandya is one of the notable promotions to Grade A, which is worth Rs 5 crore, despite the fact that he endured a back injury which has prevented him from bowling for much of the last year. He was in Grade B last year
Rookies Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj have got their maiden central contracts worth Rs 1 crore in grade C while Shardul Thakur has been elevated to group B.
The trio has been rewarded for lion-hearted performances during India's historic Test triumph in Australia this year.
Bhuvneshwar's demotion from A to B comes in the wake of prolonged absences due to different injuries and he is no longer an all-format regular.
The list of BCCI's annual contracts:
GRADE A+ (Rs 7 crore): Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.
(with PTI inputs)