IPL 2021: Who is more likely to win the Emerging Player Award in this season
The IPL has always been a tournament which has been successful in attracting audiences around the world, and there is no doubt that this year will be any different.
The biggest advantage the IPL has given Indian cricket is that it has given birth to future superstars for the national team. The IPL has been such a great platform for these youngsters. Every year, we see new talent coming in and impressing everyone watching.
In 2009, Rohit Sharma won the IPL Emerging Player Award, and he is now a superstar in Indian cricket. Over the years, we have seen some great players win the Emerging Player Award. So, who will win this award in 2021?
Let’s look at three youngsters who could win the award in IPL 2021.
1. Ruturaj Gaikwad (Chennai Super Kings):
Ruturaj Gaikwad made a big impression when he represented Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 24-year old would be among the most keenly watched batsmen of CSK in IPL 2021. What caught the eye of everyone was the elegant and impressive strokeplay of the right-hander in his debut IPL season.
His six matches in IPL 2020 yielded 204 runs thanks to three half-centuries and a staggering average of 51.00. He will now occupy a key position in the middle-order and would be part of the CSK’s attempts to regain the dominance which they lost in the previous season of IPL. With a List A average of 47.87 and a T20 average of 33.55, there is enough evidence of this CSK player’s quality.
2. Ravi Bishnoi (Punjab Kings):
The young lad was already the talk of the country after he had become the highest wicket-taker in the under-19 World Cup with 17 scalps. Ravi Bishnoi also impressed all in IPL 2020, picking up 12 wickets at an economy of 7.37. With the variety of bowling variations, the 20-year-old has become the Kings frontline bowlers. He was also part of the net bowlers for Team India in the series Down Under against Australia.
3. Riley Meredith (Punjab Kings):
Meredith had listed his base price at INR 40 lakh but the uncapped Australian player attracted a bidding war between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings when his name was drawn. Though DC and Punjab Kings engaged in an intense bidding war, the Australian youngster was eventually signed by the Punjab side.
Meredith was a star performer for the Hobart Hurricanes side in the Big Bash League. In 34 games for the Hurricanes, he has bagged 43 wickets at an average of 23.60 and an economy rate of 8.06.