2017 has been a year of emerging players. Each of the top teams had at least one young player that burst onto the scene and forced one and all to turn their attention to them. Throughout the year, we witnessed these emerging players rising through the ranks and establishing themselves as the prominent players of their teams.
Interestingly, there were more bowlers than the batsmen who grabbed the eyeballs this year and some of them have stormed through our list of top emerging players of the year. There is no doubt that these players are going to be the future superstars of their countries.
Here are the top 5 emerging players of 2017
#1 Hasan Ali
Pakistan is always known for producing top-notch fast bowlers. The country has a habit of coming up with such talented pacers every now and then and this year, it was Hasan Ali who took the world by storm. Although he made his debut last year yet he was an unknown commodity until he struck gold in the ICC Champions Trophy.
The men in green lost to India in the group match and everyone had written them off. But an inspired Pakistan side went on to create history and defeated the same opposition in the final to be crowned the champions. The biggest credit of the triumph goes to Hasan Ali who ended up being the highest wicket-taker of the tournament and won the Golden Ball award. The 23-year-old also finished as the leading wicket-taker in ODIs in 2017 with 45 scalps to his name.
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