A 23-Year-Old Left Arm Bowler Who Got Selected in Indian Squad to Play WTC Final

Arzan Nagwaswalla was born on 17 October 1997 in a Parsi family in Surat but he grew up in Nargol, a place which is located on the boundary of Maharashtra in Umbergoan town in Gujarat. He lives in Valsad now.

He serves as a Left-arm fast bowler in the field of cricket. Arzan Nagwaswalla was a fan of cricket from a very young age, and he earned a renowned name in cricket, in very little time. He is well-known for his passionate bowling that not only sets an amazing target for the opposition team but truly makes it hard for them to chase.  

Background

With his passion for cricket and eagerness to proceed in life, Arzan Nagwaswalla achieved so much at a young age. Despite him being just 23 years old, he is considered a phenomenal bowler. Initially, he was instructed by his brother before he took his first step in the field of cricket. 

His career began when he made his debut in 2017–2018 Vijay Hazare Trophy on 11 February 2018. Keeping the enthusiasm high, he took part in the 2018-2019 Ranji Trophy on 1 November 2018. Afterward, he made his twenty-twenty debut on 25 February 2019 by playing for Gujarat in the 2018–2019 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

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Brief Debut List

Arzan Nagwaswalla, being an excellent bowler made his first yet foremost debut in February 2018 against Rajasthan as mentioned above. He played so exceptionally in his A-list debut, concluding the match with a score of 2/34. With Arzan Nagwaswalla’s passion and his team member’s determination, Gujarat dominated the match effortlessly.

From that point forward, he carried on his outstandingly well skills by taking thirty-nine wickets at an average of 21.76 and strikes pace of 24.9.

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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Talking about his history, in 2019 Arzan Nagwaswalla, playing beside Tamil Nadu, made his first T20 debut. He represented 3/11 in the four overs. Arzan tidied up the significant players like Hari Nishanth, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay, and Murali Vijay.

Moreover, his energy and passion were pretty high even in this season. In a word, He was electrifying in the 2021 season. T20’s debut got proven pretty beneficial for him as he added 21 wickets in his assortment. What is significantly more amazing is an economic pace of only 6.97 in T20 cricket. 

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Ranji Trophy

In the 2019-2020 seasons, Arzan Nagwaswalla got upwards of 41 wickets in eight matches. Wrapping up the season on a splendid note as he indented up to three five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul. 

The Entire Journey

Arzan Nagwaswalla, the first Parsi to be selected in the Indian men squad for 46 years belonged to a middle-class family residing in the village of Gujrat, Nargol. Arzan always had an engrossing passion for cricket.

He always dreamed of becoming a successful cricketer, more like Zaheer khan, who was his inspiration and he wanted to follow in his footsteps. 

In his interviews he revealed that he used to play with his brother who was seven years old, his young brother was his first coach, who taught him the basics. Although his parents had little knowledge about cricket when he expressed his wish of becoming a well-known cricketer, they supported him irrespective of thinking about the consequences, his family stood by his side and motivated him.

Arzan was very talented and passionate about cricket from a young age. A coach in his village recognized his undefined magical talent and groomed him further. And with the grace of God, for the very first time, Arzan got a chance to play at the state and district level. 

After that, he continued to strive and invest his blood and sweat until the biggest news arrived at his doorway, that he has been selected as an Indian standby player in the Indian Test Squad, which is supposed to be held in England.

In his interview, he revealed that how he is excited to live his dream journey and meet all the cricketers that he just saw on a television screen. According to him, being a left-arm bowler gave him an edge and proved to be one of the reasons behind his selection.

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IPL Career

Throughout cricket history, many players from Gujarat made it to international recognition and Arzan Nagwaswalla was the cherry on the top. Not only he made it to the WTC final as a standby player, but he also has been investing his time and energy in other cricket practices and competitions. 

After taking his Gujarat team to next level in his debut, he also gave it a try to IPL (Indian premier league). But sadly, he did not get selected. But Arzan Nagwaswalla is an optimistic person who likes to see the best in things, he kept his hope high.

Once he said in his interview,” I am focused on my game whether the opportunity comes or not, I just looked to give my best every time I went out to play.” And this shows how constructive and positive his soul is.

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WTC Final

The 23-year-old keen left-arm fast-medium bowler recently got nominated for the WTC (World test championship) final in the Indian squad against five test series of England and New Zealand. Even though he is just designated as a standby player, but the news still left many people in shock and some in surprise. 

Some were happy for him, others were jealous but still, his struggle, optimistic approach, and efforts proved to be fruitful as he is the first Parsi community player who got selected on a global level after Farokh Engineer in 1975.

Upon asked how he was feeling about the sudden turnover in his cricket career, he was pretty happy. He said the news took him to shock as before that he wasn’t selected for IPL, Furthermore, he emphasized how he got stunned at how before, he wasn’t even playing in IPL and now he got an opportunity to represent India globally.

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Reaction Upon Selection on WTC Final   

As mentioned above, Arzan Nagwaswalla wasn’t expecting such a turnover in his cricket career. Sentimental, pleased, and proud are some of the words that describe how Arzan Nagwaswalla was feeling after hearing his selection in the WTC Final. He stated, I was speechless and stunned at how I got this opportunity. 

“I called my parents firstly after I came to my senses, I was so overwhelmed,” he said. Understandably, he deserves to go through all of these emotions; after all, he worked so hard to get recognition globally.

Moreover, he kept on speaking about excitement and how his phone was ringing every second with congratulatory messages and calls. “I was exhausted,” he said. He could barely talk after the news breakout.

He concluded his talk by uttering how being a left-arm bowler is proven to be an advantage for him, and how his outstanding performance last year lived up to everybody’s expectations.

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Effects of Pandemic on His Cricket Practice    

In 2020, the whole world got hit by the noble virus, resulting in great economic loss and deaths. As it affected the whole world, cricket was no exception. Upon asked how Arzan Nagwaswalla was managing his cricket practices, he stated how he had few camps in Ahmedabad that gave him a great chance to enhance his skills.

While the practice was going on in the camp in Ahmedabad, Arzan Nagwaswalla used to do his physical training at home.

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Bowling Style

Arzan Nagwaswalla is a left arm-fast medium bowler who generally relies on his speed to get a batsman out. He is the kind of bowler you can rely upon when there are few bowls left and the batsman needs to be out to win a match. He is known to pick 62 wickets in just 16 matches, all because of his techniques that he uses when he bowls.

According to him, cricket is just not about physical techniques, but team coordination, smart and sharp mind matters equally. 

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Batting Statistics

Nagwaswalla brilliant all-rounder has managed to show masterly skills with the bat as well. When it comes to its batting style, he is a right-handed batsman that manages to blow the mind of bowlers away

FormatMInnNORunsHSSRAverage
1st Class16175471531.33.9
List A 2084421884.010.5
T2015632412141.28.0

Bowling Statistics

Nagwaswalla, an expert left-arm fast-medium bowler proves to be one of the bowlers, a batsman fear. He has managed to show remarkable skills with his bowl. With all this, Arzan, a bowler is successful in maintaining fair records and statistics.

FormatMInnRunsWicketsEconomyAverageBB
1st Class16281397623.0222.55/50
List A 2020849395.2221.86/54
T201515344216.9716.46/19

Fielding Statistics

Arzan’s talent is not just limited to batting and bowling, but he is an all-rounder in its true sense, as he has immense talent when it comes to fielding. Besides, batting and bowling, he has managed to maintain a remarkable record in fielding. Arzan is multi-talented that knows how to use physical and mental strategies in the field. 

He is a fielder, on which his team can rely upon. He is quick at stopping runs, especially boundaries. Furthermore, he is a well-trained ball catcher, who never drops any of the catch.

Being a speedy and fast runner proves to be the cherry on the top as once the batsman is out for the run, there are very less chances that he will be able to score a run as Arzan is the fielder that leaves no chance to run out the batsman.

Lastly, he is so much focused and enthusiastic, that he leaves no chance for the batsman to survive.

FormatCatchesRun outStumpings
1st Class050000
List A 070100
T20010000

Net Worth

Arzan earns a lot of money through cricket. He, at a very young age of 22, has a net worth of $1 Million- $5 Million. He has played many domestic, states level matches that proved to be a great source of earning.

Now as we know he has been selected as an Indian standby player on the WTC final cup, this can prove to be the peak of his final success.

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Moment of Acknowledgment

Arzan Nagwaswalla has always been known for his prominent bowling style but his actual wave of success was in the match, besides Mumbai, happening in Wankhede Stadium. He was the man answerable for Mumbai’s batting breakdowns getting wickets of Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Dhrumil Matkar, and Armaan Jaffer.

The 2019-20 period of the Ranji Trophy is the point at which he made his mark, approving all the publicity around him, with 41 wickets. 

Additional Information

  1. In 2019 November, he was chosen as a bowler and made his debut in first-class against the Baroda, but unfortunately, Arzan wasn’t able to perform well as he did in the previous match against Mumbai. In twenty overs of bowling, he only picked one wicket.
  2. He is a fitness freak. He takes care of his diet and physical activity so that he can perform well in the field. 
  3. Prithvi Patal tweeted his best wishes upon his selection in the WTC final.
  4. When he was young, he didn’t enroll in any of the cricket academies, instead, he was coached by his brother.

Conclusion 

At the end of the day, new talent finds a way to grow and polish itself regardless of the adversities it has been exposed to. In the field of cricket, it is not easy to make a name for yourself, or even play when the stakes are so high and the entire country is watching. Yet, we find new names and talents every coming day.

There comes a time when no one cares where the person came from, or what did their father do, all that matters is what the person has achieved him or herself. This should be our motivation to work, regardless of what field we are in. 

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