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IPL 2022 – Leading candidates to win the Emerging Player award this season

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has offered a wonderful platform for young and aspiring cricketers to demonstrate their talent and class over the years. Numerous teenagers have made their mark in this cricket league.

Shreevats Goswami was the first cricketer to be named the Indian Premier League’s emerging player of the season in 2008. Since then, the rising player award has been won by Rohit Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Iqbal Abdulla, Mandeep Singh, Sanju Samson, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer, Mustafizur Rahman (the only non-Indian cricketer to do so), Basil Thampi, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Devdutt Padikkal, and Ruturaj Gaikwad.

In order to be eligible for this award, a player must satisfy the following criteria –

  • Should be born after 1 April 1995
  • Should have played 5 or less Test matches or 20 or less ODIs
  • Should have played in 25 or less IPL matches (as of the start of the season)
  • Should have not previously won the Emerging Player Award

Keeping these points in mind and judging purely by their performances so far in the IPL 2022 season, here are some players who we think have the best chance of winning the emerging player award 2022.

Number 1. Tilak Varma (Mumbai Indians)


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Tilak Varma, a talented southpaw from Hyderabad, has had some outstanding performances in the opening week of the IPL. He had some large shoes to fill in MI’s batting order in the absence of Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav (injuries), but he has filled them well. He has demonstrated to everyone that he is capable of making quickfire runs and also providing steadiness following the loss of early wickets.

His 61 off 33 balls against the Rajasthan Royals is plenty to demonstrate what a talent he is. MI had high hopes for him while bidding at the auction. Varma made his T20 debut in the 2018-19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Hyderabad.

The 19-year-old was a member of India’s U-19 World Cup squad in 2020. MI has developed several young players into match-winners. Tilak Varma may be the Mumbai Indians’ next product.


Number 2. Ravi Bishnoi (Punjab Kings)


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The Lucknow Super Giants selected Ravi Bishnoi as a draught choice before to the IPL 2022 super auction. KL Rahul, the LSG captain, has a lot of trust in the leg-spinner. His outstanding achievements for Punjab Kings over the previous few seasons paved the path for him to earn his India T20I debut.

The leg-spinner is a wicket-taker, and his arm-speed puts him in the same league as Rashid Khan. Bishnoi has taken several significant wickets, including Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, with his stunning googlies and is a constant menace to hitters.

The 21-year-old has taken 26 wickets at an average of 26.65 in 26 IPL games. He is eligible for the prize and is unquestionably one of the favourites to win. Bishnoi bowls the most tough overs for LSG and is expected to have a big IPL 2022 season.


Number 3. Ayush Badoni (Lucknow Super Giants)


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The Lucknow Super Giants’ ‘Baby AB’ is clearly one of the season’s most remarkable kids. He made a brave fifty on his IPL debut, despite the fact that his side was in difficulty. Ayush Badoni has been outstanding in a handful of his IPL matches.

He is a live wire on the field, and his multi-dimensional gameplay makes him a one-man show in the game’s shortest version. Although Badoni made his IPL debut after only five Syed Mushtaq Ali games, he is a significant cricketing prospect.

The Delhi lad also had some incredible days with the Indian U-19 team. In 2018, he excelled with both bat and ball against Sri Lanka’s U-19 team in junior Tests. Badoni competed for India’s champions in the 2018 ACC U-19 Asia Cup. He is unquestionably one of the future superstars.