No doubt IPL is the biggest platform for youngsters to perform well and face international level players. IPL emerging player award is the dream of many young cricketers. No doubt this award is special for new cricketers. Earlier, this award was known as the rising star of the season; later, the IPL organizers changed its name to the Emerging player award. Till now, Mustafizur Rahman is the only foreign player who has achieved this player.
Rest Indian players have achieved 12 emerging player awards. In 2008 IPL season one, Shreevats Goswami won this award as the only U19 player. This article will discuss 5 cricketers who won IPL emerging player award and now playing for the Indian national cricket team.
5 Emerging Players Who Are Now Playing for India
Shubman Gill was the 2nd KKR player to achieve the Emerging Players award. Iqbal Abdulla took the first award. Gill is an exceptional talent and currently playing for KKR. This right-handed batsman made his debut for the national cricket team against New Zealand. Last year he was also included in the Indian test squared against Australia and performed well in test matches.
Rishabh Pant is currently the number one choice as a wicket-keeper batsman for the Indian national cricket team. This left-hander batsman is known for his aggressive batting style and can destroy any bowling line up in the middle order. Pant has done well in 2018 IPL, and that season was a turning point for Rishabh Pant; and he bagged the emerging player award in that season because of his consistent performance for Delhi Capitals. Now he is captaining the Delhi Capital side in Vivo IPL 2021 and doing good for his team.
Shreyas Iyer is a classy middle-order batsman who can handle the difficult situation easily and can pace his innings properly according to the situation. He is a talented cricketer who is playing for Delhi Capitals in IPL. Currently, he is one of the most reliable middle-order T20 players for the Indian international cricket team. Shreyas started his IPL career in 2015, scored more than 400 runs, and won the emerging player award. He is now one of the specialist middle-order basemen in white-ball cricket for the national cricket team.
Axar Patel has started his IPL journey with Mumbai Indians, but he did not get that many opportunities there. Later Punjab Kings included him in their squad. In 2014 IPL Axar proved that he could bowl well against top players. That season has changed the luck of Axar and played a crucial role in the win of Punjab. After that successful IPL season, Axer got the chance to play for the national cricket team. Recently he made his test debut in Ahmedabad against England and performed well.
Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma was the second Indian player to win the Emerging player award in IPL. He is the only player who has won this award. Rohit initially played three IPL seasons for Deccan Chargers 2009 was his best IPL season, where he also took an amazing hat-trick with bowling. However, Rohit had already made his international debut for India but not a permanent member. He improved as a player and performed well for Indian cricket, and now one of the most successful cricketers in India.