Devdutt Padikkal

Emerging players is a title given by the BCCI to those players who show great promise through their performance in the IPL. There are 13 players awarded with this title as of yet. In this article, we are going to shed light on the 13 players who emerged victorious with the title. 



But first, let us see the rules of winning the title and what the players have to do in order to get it. So here is what a player needs to have in order to qualify for this award. 


  1. Born after 1 April 1995 
  1. Should have played 25 or fewer IPL matches 
  1. Should have played 5 or fewer test matches or 20 or fewer ODIs 

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Also, a player is only awarded the title once, so he should have not won it before. 


There are players who have proven their grit by winning the Emerging Player title based on their performance. Here are the winners. 


  1. Shreevats Goswami – 2008 


Shreevats Goswami was a part of the Indian U-19 squad which had taken the trophy. In 2008, he started playing in the IPL and scored 96 runs with a half-century. Not the most exemplary score than the others in this list, but sure enough to be awarded the first Emerging Player title IPL ever saw. 


  1. Rohit Sharma – 2009 


Rohit Sharma is clearly one of the best batsmen on the Indian side. And the player has proven the same in the IPL too by bagging the Emerging Player award back in 2009. The IPL played in South Africa that year was won by DC which Rohit Sharma was a part of then. The team rose to the title from being in the 8th position last year. Thanks to batsmen like Andrew Symonds and Rohit Sharma among others. You can check out the complete list of IPL winners here. 


Rohit Sharma scored a total of 362 runs in the total number of games he played, that is 15 games. The batman also has bagged 5 other IPL titles under his belt as captain which he has been since 2013. 

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Saurabh Tiwari – 2010 


Saurabh Tiwari represented Mumbai Indians and made a score of 419 runs including 3 fifties in 2010. Although the tournament for that year was lost to the Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, Saurabh’s exemplary performance led to an India call-up. The left-handed batsman found himself as one of the top players this year among others that included Sachin Tendulkar.  


Ishaq Abdullah – 2011 


Ishaq hit 16 wickets in 15 games in the 2011 IPL The cricketer played for the Knight Riders which also made it to the playoffs that year.  


Mandeep Singh – 2012 


Mandeep played for Kings XI Punjab and bagged the Emerging player title. His score of 432 runs contributed to his successful domestic career. Mandeep however hasn’t shined on the international forefront. . 


 Sanju Samson – 2013 


Sanju managed 206 runs in the 2013 IPL. However, the season didn’t cause a thrust in Sanuj’s career – something that might be yet to come. He has played for teams like Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils.  


Axar Patel – 2014 


Kings XI Punjab’s Axar Patel won the Emerging Player title, thanks to his impressive performance as the spinner bowler that he is. Not only controlling the flow of runs but also managing a handful of wickets, Axar surely has a big hand in taking the team to the finals for the first time that year. 


Shreyas Iyer – 2015 


Shreyas Iyer proved his mettle by scoring 439 runs including 4 fifties and a reasonably good strike rate. The batsman soon moved to the captain’s position and received the call to play in the national team. With his incredible performance, the Delhi DareDevils reached the first IPL in the year 2020. 


Mustafizur Rahman – 2016 


He was the first international to be bestowed with the Emerging Player award. Rahman, belonging to Bangladesh, who started his career in 2015 showed great performance in matches that they won against India and Sri Lanka. And the same continued for IPL 2016 too where he played in SunRisers Hyderabad. 


Basil Thampi – 2017 


Thampi showed his excellent bowling skills while playing for Suresh Raina led Gujrat Lions in 2017 where he took 11 wickets in 12 games. The vigor in his performance was unmatched, quite unlike his debut year, for good! 


Rishab Pant 


Rishab Pant took an exhilarating stand in the IPL of 2018 with his mind-boggling score of 684 runs in 14 matches. That also included 5 fifties – the highest number in Emerging players yet. Not just runs, he also affected 2 stumpings and caught 4 catches, sending 4 players to the pavilion. 


Shubman Gill – 2019 


Gill started his IPL career in 2018 with Kolkata Knight Riders and just a year later bagged the Emerging player’s title. He scored a whopping 296 runs. Not to forget, that consists of 3 fifties. There’s definitely a long way to go for this young batsman.  


Devdutt Padikkal – 2020 


Devdutt gave the board a tough time in deciding his opening partner. However, the batsman surely held the pitch with his incredible performance that gave the team 473 runs. He’s another Emerging player that scored 5 fifties in the games. He played a total number of 15 games in which we saw a few brilliant saves on the fence and a few amazing catches, showing some real promise as a leading batsman in the years to come. 




The Emerging Player title has proven to be a great push to any player. But it also did not make the biggest impact for some. Nevertheless, the title continues to be prestigious and rewarding for the players. The way the Emerging Player is selected is by conducting voting on the BCCI website. You can vote for your favorite player too and see them win the title. So continue to keep the grip of the upcoming matches and rejoice in the win of your favorite folks. 


About the author 

 Aamer Hussain is a researcher and a writer with 4.5 years of content experience. 








Akash Gokhe

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Akash is the Founder and Writer of the Sports Platform website. He conceived the idea of starting a Sports Platform website to channelize his love, passion, and emotions for the game of cricket and to connect other like-minded people on the platform.

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