IPL 2021: Who should win the emerging player of the year award?

IPL is about the youngsters who grab their opportunity to showcase their talent on the biggest stage as this article gives you some of the IPL 2021 emerging players contenders list

Arijit Barua
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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is not only about the superstars of the game like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Rashid Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma. It's also about others showcasing their outrageous skills and locking horns with each other. Moreover, It is also about the young upcoming players grabbing the opportunity and showcasing their talent on the biggest stage. And IPL 2021 season is not out of that list.

And, every year we saw a plethora of youngsters do exactly that. And, the IPL rewards them with the " Emerging Player " award at the end of every season. From the first leg in India to the second leg in UAE, we saw plenty of youngsters showcasing their talents.

In this article, we will discuss the 5 young talented players of IPL 2021, who can grab the "Emerging Player of the year" award this season. Meanwhile, gives you all the detailed stats and reasons to believe.

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"Emerging Player" award contenders of IPL 2021 :

Umran Malik (Sunrisers Hyderabad) :

Umran Malik in IPL 2021 |

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The 21 years young talented Jammu & Kashmir speedster Umran Malik came in SRH's squad as a net bowler. Meanwhile, he made it to the main squad after Natranjan got Covid-19 positive in the initial stages of the UAE leg. Although, Umran Malik does not get a chance in the earlier stage. But, in the last three games, he got the chance to showcase his talent. This young gun from Kasmir bowls continuously at 145+ Kmph as each batsman fails into difficulty to play the pace that he generates.

He has played a total of three matches in IPL 2021 and all are in the second leg. Although, he picks up only 2 wickets with an average of 48 and with an economy rate of 8. He bowls brilliantly against Royal Challengers Bangalore as his bowling figure was 4-0-21-1. Although there are many more powerful contenders on this list than Umran Malik, but the pace he generates as an Indian is on another level.

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Yashasvi Jaiswal (Rajasthan Royals) :

Yashasvi Jaiswal in IPL 2021 |

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Rajasthan Royals' destructive opener Yashasvi Jaiswal played brilliantly throughout the tournament. Especially, Jaiswal played superb innings in the second leg of IPL 2021 as he added his name to the fastest fifties list. Moreover, he is the second on the list of fastest fifty as an uncapped player. Jaiswal scored a 19 ball 50 against Chennai Super Kings to achieve these feet. However, Ishan Kishan is in the no. 1 place with a 17 ball fifty in 2018 against KKR.

Although, Jaiswal was in Rajasthan's squad in 2020, but he doesn't get much chance to showcase his talent which he did in 2021. Yashasvi Jaiswal played a total of 10 matches in IPL 2021, in which he scored 249 runs with an average of 24.90. Meanwhile, Jaiswal has an impressive strike rate of 148.29 in these games with a fifty against CSK.

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Arshdeep Singh (Punjab Kings) :

Arshdeep Singh |

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Punjab Kings' young talented pacer Arshdeep Singh is also a contender for this year's "Emerging Player" award. Arshdeep bowls in good areas, be it in powerplay overs or in the death. He always picks up the opponent's wickets in crucial times and drives his team to victory. However, his captain KL Rahul always looks at him when his team needs a wicket.

Although, he debuts in IPL was back in 2019, but did not get much chance. However, when he bowls well in the last edition of IPL Punjab Kings decided to give him more chances in IPL 2021. Arshdeep played a total of 12 matches in IPL 2021, in which he scalps 18 wickets with an impressive average of 19. Moreover, he also gets his first five-wicket haul in IPL against Rajasthan Royals.

So, as we can see Arshdeep is a strong contender for this season's award of the emerging player. Wish he will impress more in the future and maybe get a place in team India's squad.

Ruturaj Gaikwad (Chennai Super Kings) :

Ruturaj Gaikwad for CSK |

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Chennai Super Kings champion opener Ruturaj Gaikwad impresses the management in the last edition of IPL. For that reason, he makes it into the IPL 2021 squad of CSK. He scored with an average of 51 in the 2020 season. Although, he played only 6 matches in the 2020 edition. His performance is brilliant this season as he is the most powerful contender for this award.

Ruturaj scored a huge 533 runs in 14 matches so far in IPL 2021 and will add more in the playoffs. However, currently, his average is 44.41 in these 14 matches. Ruturaj smashes a century against Rajasthan Royals as he scored 101* runs in 62 balls. And the consistency he showed in every match is unmatchable in the IPL stage.

Ruturaj Gaikwad is currently also in the race of Orange Cap of this season. He is currently in the 4th position and will go future as Rahul, Dhawan, and Faf are also in the race.

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Avesh Khan (Delhi Capitals) :

Avesh Khan in IPL 2021 |

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Delhi Capitals champion bowler Avesh Khan is another most deserving contender of this award this season. Be it in the first leg or in the second, Avesh always performs well in every match that he plays. Avesh Khan debuts in IPL back in the year 2017. Although, he does not plays much till 2020. But, in IPL 2021 he plays all the matches and will play in the playoffs also.

Avesh Khan played 14 matches so far in IPL 2021, in which he scalps 22 wickets with an average of 17.31. Avesh also has an impressive strike rate of 14.45 including best career bowling figures of 3/13. For Delhi Capitals, he is the best bowler so far in this season be it taking wickets or push a break on the opponent's runs flow.

However, the list also contains plenty of youngsters like Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Ravi Bishnoi, Shah Rukh Khan, etc. Everyone is talented in their own ways and if they get the chance, they can perform well on the International stage.

Last 10 years "Emerging Player of the year" award winners list :

Player Name Year
Iqbal Abdulla (KKR) 2011
Mandeep Singh (KXIP) 2012
Sanju Samson (RR) 2013
Axar Patel (KXIP) 2014
Shreyas Iyer (DC) 2015
Mustafizur Rahman (SRH) 2016
Basil Thampi (GL) 2017
Rishabh Pant (DC) 2018
Shubman Gill (KKR) 2019
Devdutt Paddikal (RCB) 2020

N.B: The stats are accurate as of 09/10/2021.

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