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Meet Cricket's Best Emerging Player

Bikash Mohapatra traces the meteoric rise of the ICC's 'Best Emerging Player'.

He had just four wickets to his credit in his first two Tests when England toured Bangladesh in March this year, a wicket in each of the four innings he bowled.

But the effort was good enough for England's selectors to give him a second chance.

Drafted into the England squad for the return series two months later, he made it to the final eleven for the opening Test.

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On May 27, England took on Bangladesh at Lord's. It was a moment Steven Finn had been waiting for.

While it is every cricketer's dream to play at the Mecca of cricket, for young Finn it was extra special. It was, after all, his home ground.

And he grabbed the opportunity that came his way.

Four wickets in the first innings were followed up by a five-wicket haul in the second, as England thrashed Bangladesh by eight wickets.

Image: Steven Finn
Photograph: Reuters
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