Indian Premier League (IPL), presents a great opportunity for young players to make a name for themselves in world cricket. A couple of eye-catching performances in the IPL can do a world of good for the young stars. Over the years, players who have done well in the IPL have gone on to become world-beaters.
Players like Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, and many more have converted their IPL opportunities into national call-ups and have been an integral part of the Indian team for a prolonged period of time.
Though some players fail to utilize the chances, at least they get the exposure of playing with greats of the game. The most promising talent of the season is named the Emerging Player of the Season at the end of the tournament every year. Some big names have won this prestigious award in the past.
Here is the list of players from each team who can win the Emerging Player Award in IPL 2020:
1. R Sai Kishore (Chennai Super Kings)
Sai Kishore is a Tamil Nadu cricketer who made his debut in the domestic circuit in 2017. He bowls left-arm spin and caught everyone’s attention with his consistency in all forms of cricket. In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20, the 23-year-old bowler finished as the leading wicket-taker with 20 scalps from 12 matches with a jaw-dropping economy rate of 4.64.
Chennai Super Kings acquired his services at the base price of INR 20 lakhs in this year’s auction. CSK ‘s home conditions assist the spinners and considering Ravindra Jadeja as the lone Indian left-arm spinner in the setup, Sai Kishore might be a valuable asset to them. Though they have Mitchell Santner in the mix, having an Indian option in the tank is always a luxury taking into account the limit set on the overseas players.
CSK have always known to groom youngsters and create superstars out of unknown commodities. Under the able leadership of MS Dhoni, Sai is sure to get a decent look in considering the other Indian spinners- Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma aren’t going to be performing at their best right through the course of the tournament.
2. Sandeep Lamichhane (Delhi Capitals)
The youngest player in the Delhi Capitals squad is Nepal’s only player in Indian Premier League, Sandeep Lamichanne. The wrist-spinner from Nepal is just 19 years old. He impressed in his first two IPL seasons – picking up 13 wickets in 9 matches, at a strike-rate of 16.15. Lamichhane is a clever bower and has multiple variations that help him in picking up wickets regularly. He is currently playing for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League.
The Delhi Capitals have a pretty solid team ahead of next season and their spin bowling unit, though small in size, looks pretty lethal. The acquisition of Ravichandran Ashwin from KXIP provides another experienced option to partner Amit Mishra. Axar Patel was tight with his lines last season and would be expected to continue his role as a run-blocker in this team. All-rounder Lalit Yadav, who was bought in the auction, is another part-time option who bowls off-spin.
The Capitals also have an exciting overseas option in Sandeep Lamichhane. The Nepalese leg-spinner has shown what he can do on many occasions, but due to lack of need he was benched for most games last season. Lamichhane is constantly improving his game and is a great backup for the side; he could have more of a role to play this season.
3. Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Kings XI Punjab)
Arguably the finest teen cricketer in the world, Mujeeb ur Rahman has shown skill and maturity above and beyond what is expected of a 17-year-old. He initially came into the limelight after bamboozling batsmen and taking bags of wickets in the Under-19 Asia Cup and World Cup, and now, a mere few months later, he is one of the premier spinners in the world.
Mujeeb, who is a ‘mystery spinner’ in every sense of the phrase, has already had impressive stints in the IPL in India (14 wickets in 11 matches at an economy rate of 6.99) and the T20 Blast in England (9 wickets in 12 matches at an economy rate of 7.09). Further, he has done exceptionally well at the international stage, having taken 44 wickets in 23 ODIs at an economy rate 0f 3.84 and 9 wickets in 7 T20Is at an economy rate of 5.07.
He, along with compatriot Rashid Khan, is putting Afghanistan on the cricketing map and making them into one of the premier teams in the world. Without Ravichandran Ashwin in their side KXIP, the onus on the spin bowling attack falls 0n the able shoulders of Mujeeb. He needs to fire on all cylinders for the KL Rahul led franchise to do well in IPL 2020.
4. Prasidh Krishna (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Prasidh Krishna emerged on to the scene in 2018 and impressed everyone with his pace and accuracy. In the seven games he played, Krishna picked up 10 wickets at a strike rate of 16.80. Moreover, he bowled exceedingly well in some high-pressure games at the death.
Krishna has played a couple of seasons in the IPL. While he tends to be expensive, he can pick wickets. He took 10 wickets from seven games in the 2018 season but was disappointing in 2019. However, Krishna has put a disappointing IPL season behind him and has started afresh. He picked up eight wickets and had an excellent economy of 6.07 in the controversial Karnataka Premier League (KPL). He then took 17 wickets in the Vijay Hazare Trophy at an average of 13.41 and was striking once every 20 deliveries.
Moreover, what was impressive was the pace with which he bowled. The Karnataka lad steams in and hits the deck hard. Hence, with Kohli mentioning out Krishna in particular, he could be well in line for an India debut in the near future and is certainly in the picture for the T20 World Cup.
5. Rahul Chahar (Mumbai Indians)
Leg-spin has become a trend across the globe in white-ball cricket. We see more and more wrist(leg)-spinners coming to the fore. Their importance has grown as even though they tend to go for a few runs they also pick up wickets. The trend has picked up in Indian too.
India’s white-ball spin attack is largely dominated by the two wrist-spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Apart from the two, there are multiple ones coming through the ranks in domestic cricket. One among them is Rahul Chahar.
Mumbai Indians have a bare spin bowling attack this upcoming season, with youngster Rahul Chahar who made his India debut recently leading the attack. There is an all-round spin bowling option in Krunal Pandya but he could go for runs especially at the death overs. Mumbai Indians will definitely need to bank on the youngster and ably support him.
The fast bowling attack of Mumbai Indians is probably the best in IPL 2020, they would need the spinners to hold one end up and deliver. Chahar and Krunal would be who Rohit Sharma would go to. The leg-spinner has the tricks in his armoury and considers Shane Warne as his idol and goes to Imran Tahir for advice which is a healthy and promising sign. With him going to lead the spin bowling attack, this youngster could well become the Emerging Player of the tournament if he does well.
6. Riyan Parag (Rajasthan Royals)
Rajasthan Royals are known to recognize talent early and rope in youngsters to nurture and make them superstars. James Faulkner, Ravindra Jadeja and Sanju Samson are the three biggest examples where unknown commodities have turned out to be an integral part of the team. Riyan Parag is such cricketer and he has already shown glimpses of what he brings to the table for the Jaipur-based franchise.
His batting came as a breath of fresh air when the likes of Samson, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes and Ajinkya Rahane couldn’t propel RR to greater heights the previous season. The influx of a youngster out to prove his mettle to the world is always exciting and refreshing to see.
The 18-year-old cricketer was picked by RR at his base price of INR 20 lakhs ahead of the 2019 edition of IPL. Parag played 7 matches last season and scored an impressive 50 batting in the lower middle-order. He is a dominant batsman who bowls a bit of leg-spin and is ideal to have at number 6 or 7 with seniors like Stokes and Samson batting above him. Having an extra spin-bowling option with bigger boundaries of Sawai Maan Singh stadium will always serve the team well.
7. Devdutt Padikkal (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Devdutt Padikkal is the latest addition to the list of Indian batting prodigies who can make it big in the future. The 19-year-old ended up as the leading run-scorer in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, tallying up 580 runs in 12 games including a match-winning 122 off 60 balls against Andhra Pradesh. In the journey, he slammed 33 sixes which was also the highest in the tournament.
Royals Challengers Bangalore acquired the Karnataka opener at his base price of INR 20 lakhs ahead of IPL 2019. Going by their team combination, RCB have openers in Parthiv Patel, Aaron Finch, Josh Phillippe, and the skipper ‘King’ Kohli himself.
Since Kohli is expected to bat at No.3 to reinforce the middle-order, RCB clearly lacks Indian opening options. This is where Devdutt Padikkal will play a significant role for them as the Bangalore-based franchise would want foreign players to strengthen their fast-bowling. With the form that the youngster is in, he might play a key role for RCB in 2020.
Padikkal is so attractive and pleasing to the eye that people may look forward to RCB’s games just to see him bat. He has got all the shots in the book and it would be in the best interests for RCB as a franchise to play him in all fourteen games as an opener with Aaron Finch.
They can either pick Phillipe as the wicket-keeper or have Parthiv Patel play down the order. Mike Hesson-Virat Kohli must ensure that this youngster gets ample opportunities in a position where he can cause serious damage to oppositions.
8. Abhishek Sharma (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Abhishek Sharma is a handy all-rounder who has often got overshadowed by a series of teenage batsmen that India is producing. The Punjab cricketer is a lower middle-order batsman who specializes in striking big towards the tail end of the innings and bowls decent left-arm spin.
The 19-year-old has shown glimpses of his hard-hitting in IPL 2018, where he slammed a 19-ball 46 to power the Delhi-based franchise to a decent total. Later, he was traded by Delhi Capitals along with a couple of players (Vijay Shankar and Shahbaz Nadeem) to the Sunrisers Hyderabad in order to get their prodigal son ‘Gabbar’ Shikhar Dhawan back.
Since releasing Deepak Hooda and the veteran Yusuf Pathan, Sunrisers Hyderabad might have to bank upon him for performing the role that they took up for them. Losing Shakib Al Hasan due to unfortunate reasons has made Abhishek’s case even stronger. Instead of looking at this as a burden and big shoes to fill up, Sharma should seize the opportunity to propel SRH to title supremacy.
SportsInfo offers cricket, soccer, kabaddi, tennis, badminton, racing, basketball and other sports news, articles, videos, live coverage & live scores, player rankings & team rankings. Also, offers minute details of any match along with live commentary.
- IPL 2021: Top 5 batsmen with highest individual scores in IPL history
- IPL 2021: Top 5 batsmen with most fours in IPL history
- WI vs SL: 2nd ODI, Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match?
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar – The warhorse India needs the most in 2021
- Hemang Badani not pleased with Varun Chakravarthy after the spinner fails to clear fitness tests ahead of the England T20Is