Gujarat’s left-arm pacer Arzan Nagwaswalla recently came into the limelight when he was selected as a standby player by the BCCI for the upcoming long summer in England. Nagwaswalla will not feature in the squad which will play the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final against New Zealand in Southampton and the historic five-match Test series against England.
Along with Arzan, three more players were selected as standby – Abhimanyu Easwaran, Avesh Khan and Prasidh Krishna. However, leaving Arzan, all the other three have impressed fans in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Thus, in today’s piece, we will see five intriguing facts about Arzan Nagwaswalla.
Early life and childhood
Arzan was born on October 17, 1997 in a Parsi family in Surat, Gujarat. Despite not having any cricket background in the family, Arzan was guided by his elder brother and later on he improved his bowling with some professional coaching. Before making his impact at the senior level, Arzan had represented Gujarat in Under 16, Under 19 and Under 23.
2/34 on List A debut
The left-arm pacer made his debut at domestic level against Rajasthan in List A cricket in 2008 and made an impact, taking 2/34 and helped Gujarat win the game. His first wicket was of Chetan Bist.
Wickets of Ashwin, Vijay on T20 debut
In 2019, he made his T20 debut in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy against a strong Tamil Nadu and recorded 3/11 in his quota of four overs. The left-arm pacer took the wickets of Murali Vijay, Hari Nishanth and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Stellar Ranji Trophy season
During the 2019-20 season, he grabbed 41 wickets across just eight matches and took three five-wicket hauls and one ten-wicket haul, averaging a stunning 18.36 in that season. Till date, Arzan has played 16 first-class matches and has taken 62 wickets including four five-wicket hauls.
Picked as a standby player for WTC Final and England series
On May 7, 2021, Arzan’s dream came true as he was picked as a standby player for the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final against New Zealand in Southampton and the historic five-match Test series against England. The selectors showed faith in him and considered him as a left-arm bowling option to assist Indian batsmen.