The ‘Emerging Player of the Year’ award in IPL rewards the best young talent who impresses with his ability and maturity and promises a bright future going forward. The award began as the ‘best under-19 player’ in 2008 and then ‘best under-23 player’ in 2009 and 2010.
It was then relabeled as ‘Rising Star of the Year’, then known as the ‘Best Young Player of the Season’ in 2013; since 2014, the award has been called the ‘Emerging Player of the Year’.
The youngsters who win the award are touted to become successful for their countries – many of them did, some couldn’t. Of all the 13 award winners only 1 has been a non-Indian while the rest 12 were Indian players, most of them going on to represent India.
IPL Emerging Player Award Winners From 2008 to 2020: What Are They Up To Now?
Part of the 2008 under-19 World Cup-winning side, Shreevats Goswami was roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the inaugural season. While he made 82 runs in 4 matches but showed flashes of brilliance and potential in his maiden half-century.
However, Goswami couldn’t convert his potential into an expected career- he has featured in 31 matches across the IPL for 4 different teams averaging a disappointing 14.65 with no further score of fifty or more. In the domestic circuit as well, the left-hander has under-performed for Bengal and continues to be the back-up keeper for Wriddhiman Saha at Sunrisers Hyderabad also.