The Indian Premier League (IPL) has indeed transformed the face of Indian cricket. It is not only due to the popularity that the tournament stands out apart from the rest of the leagues but the quality of talent it cultivates with each passing year. The depth and the variety in the bench strength of the Indian team is a testament to the same.
It is the exposure that the young cricketers receive in the IPL that makes a massive difference. It takes only one inning of substance to kickstart on what could be a big leap to the national team. With youngsters getting the chance to share the dressing room alongside the likes of Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne, it boosts their morale.
As such, a handful of players who presently play for the Indian team made their way by being awarded the emerging player of the season. To receive the accolade, an athlete must not have played more than five Tests, 20 ODIs, and is less than 25 years as of April 1st of the year under consideration. Additionally, the player should have featured in less than 25 IPL games.
As of 2020, 12 players have bagged the Emerging Player of the Season award. We take a look at what has unravelled with them ever since winning the honour:
Shreevats Goswami (2008)
Kolkata-born wicketkeeper-batsman Shreevats Goswami was a part of the 2008 U-19 World Cup squad, which India won under Virat Kohli. Post that; he joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the inaugural edition of the cash-rich league. However, he couldn’t make a drastic impact, having scored only 82 runs from three innings in that season as RCB finished second last.
The 30-year old has also been a part of Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Sunrisers Hyderabad opted for him in 2018 wherein he played six matches, managing only 52 runs at 17.33. Since that, he has remained with the Orange Army in the bench.