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Full list of players to win Emerging Player of the Year award in IPL

Published at :May 27, 2024 at 12:09 AM
Modified at :May 27, 2024 at 12:09 AM
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Utkarsh Rathour


Mustafizur Rahman is the only non-Indian player to win the Emerging Player of the Year award in the IPL.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a great platform for young players to showcase their immense talent on the grandest T20 stage in the world. Ever since its inception in 2008, the IPL has given many emerging talents the platform to become household names, be they Indian or international cricketers. The youngsters have given their best for their respective franchises in order to win the ultimate glory.

To recognize these young talents, the league introduced an ‘Emerging Player Award’ in the inaugural edition in 2008. There are a few parameters for a cricketer to be eligible for the Emerging Player Award.

  • The player must not be older than 26 years at the start of the tournament.
  • Have played five or fewer Test matches or 20 or fewer one-day internationals
  • Have played 25 or fewer IPL matches
  • Have not won the Emerging Player of the Year award in the past

Once a player is eligible through this criteria, based on the player’s performance and voting from fans through the official IPL website, players are awarded with the “Emerging Player of the Year” award. On that note, let’s take a look at all recipients of the award so far.

Let’s take a look at the players, who won the Emerging Cricketer of the Year award in IPL

1. Shreevats Goswami (2008)

Shreevats Goswami
Shreevats Goswami. (Image source: Twitter)

Shreevats Goswami was acquired by the Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in the inaugural edition of the IPL. Goswami registered one half-century and also affected five dismissals as a fielder to win the first-ever Emerging Player Award in the IPL. 

2. Rohit Sharma (2009)

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Image source: Getty)

One of the success stories of the IPL is that the now five-time winning IPL skipper Rohit Sharma once won the Emerging Player award in the 2009 edition. While representing the Deccan Chargers, Rohit scored 362 runs in 16 games. The right-handed batter played a huge role in Deccan’s title triumph.

3. Saurabh Tiwary (2010)

Saurabh Tiwary
Saurabh Tiwary. (Image source: BCCI)

Mumbai Indians (MI) acquired 2008 India U-19 World Cup-winning player Saurabh Tiwary for the IPL 2010 season. Tiwary didn’t disappoint them as he hammered 419 runs in 16 matches, which included three half-centuries. The stylish left-handed batter won the Emerging Player Award that year for his brilliant performance.

4. Iqbal Abdullah (2011)

Iqbal Abdullah
Iqbal Abdullah. (Image source: Twitter)

The winner of the Emerging Player Award in the 2011 season was left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdullah. Playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Abdullah scalped 16 wickets in 15 matches with an excellent economy of 6.1.

5. Mandeep Singh (2012) 

Mandeep Singh
Mandeep Singh. (Image source: IPL)

Representing Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in the IPL 2012 season, Mandeep Singh won the Emerging Player of the Year award. During that edition, Mandeep amassed 432 runs in 16 games at an average of 27.

6. Sanju Samson (2013)

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. (Image source: Twitter)

Kerala’s talented right-handed batter Sanju Samson won the Emerging Player Award in the 2013 edition. He scored 206 runs in 10 games while playing for the Rajasthan Royals (RR).

7. Axar Patel (2014)

Axar Patel
Axar Patel. (Image source: Getty)

Playing for the Punjab-based franchise, Axar won the Emerging Player of the Year award in the 2014 edition. Axar played a crucial role with the ball by taking 17 wickets in 17 matches.

8. Shreyas Iyer (2015)

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. (Image source: Twitter)

Shreyas Iyer had a brilliant run with the bat in the IPL 2015 season. While playing for the Delhi-based franchise, Iyer amassed 439 runs in 14 matches at an average of 33.77, including four fifties. This stunning performance helped him get this prestigious award.

9. Mustafizur Rahman (2016)

Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman. (Image source: IPL)

The Bangladeshi left-arm speedster is the only non-Indian player to win the Emerging Player award in the tournament’s history. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) acquired him in the 2016 season and this move worked wonders for them. Rahman picked 17 wickets in 16 matches, finished with second-most wickets for his team, and also helped SRH win their maiden IPL title.

10. Basil Thampi (2017)

Basil Thampi
Basil Thampi. (Image source: Getty)

Representing the now-defunct Gujarat Lions in the 2016 edition, talented pacer Basil Thampi scalped 12 wickets in 11 games, which helped him earn the Emerging Player of the Year award.

11. Rishabh Pant (2018)

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Image source: BCCI)

It was a dream IPL 2018 season for wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant. The stylish left-hander hammered 684 runs in 14 matches, averaging 52.62, which included five half-centuries and one ton while playing for the Delhi-based franchise. Pant won the Emerging Player of the Year Award in the 2018 edition.

12. Shubman Gill (2019)

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. (Image source: Twitter)

After winning the U19 World Cup 2018, talented opener Shubman Gill made giant strides in the IPL 2019 edition. The Kolkata Knight Riders bought Gill and the Punjab youngster didn’t disappoint them. The right-handed batter played 14 matches, in which he scored 276 runs with a best score of 76. He bagged the Emerging Player of the Year Award.

13. Devdutt Padikkal (2020)

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. (Image source: RCB)

Devdutt Padikkal had an impressive campaign with the bat in the 2020 season. Playing alongside legendary cricketers like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers for Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Padikkal shined with the bat. Opening the batting for RCB, he collected 473 runs in 15 matches. In the end, he even managed to score more runs than Kohli and de Villiers to finish as RCB’s top run-scorer in the IPL 2020 season.

For his stunning show in the season, Padikkal won the Emerging Player Award.

14. Ruturaj Gaikwad (2021)

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad. (Image source: BCCI)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star opener Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed 635 runs for his side, including four half-centuries, in the IPL 2021 season. His brilliant show with the bat saw him win the Emerging Player of the Year award. Ruturaj Gaikwad even won the Orange Cap in 2021 and CSK lifted their fourth IPL title.

15. Umran Malik (2022)

Umran Malik
Umran Malik. (Image source: IPL)

Right-arm pacer Umran Malik took the IPL 2022 season by storm with his express pace. The SRH speedster had a sensational run with the ball as he scalped 22 wickets and duly won the Emerging Player award. After the conclusion of the 2022 edition, Umran also received an India call-up.

16. Yashasvi Jaiswal (2023)

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal. (Image source: Twitter)

The young and talented Yashasvi Jaiswal unleashed his beast mode in the IPL 2023 season. While opening for Rajasthan Royals, Jaiswal slammed 625 runs, including five fifties and a superb hundred. He won the prestigious Emerging Player of the Year award and soon earned his maiden call-up to the Indian national side.

17. Nitish Kumar Reddy (2024)

Nitish Kumar Reddy SRH IPL 2024
Nitish Kumar Reddy. (Image Source: BCCI)

The winner of the Emerging Player Award in the 2024 edition was Nitish Kumar Reddy. Playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the youngster smashed 303 runs in 15 matches with an average of 33.67. With the ball, he scalped three wickets with best bowling figures of 2/17. Nitish played a crucial role in helping the SRH reach the final after a span of six years.

(All stats updated till 26th May, 2024)

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