Who is Arzan Nagwaswalla: Know all about the standby pacer picked for WTC final

Arzan Nagwaswalla
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Arzan Nagwaswalla: The BCCI named a 20- man squad for Virat Kohli’s India for the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand, followed by a five-match Test series against the hosts in England, on Friday (May 7).

Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, and Arzan Nagwaswalla were among the stand-by players.

Although the first three players are well-known, Arzan’s name struck a chord with fans due to his unfamiliarity.

Arzan Nagwaswalla

Arzan Nagwaswalla was born on October 17, 1997, in Gujarat.

He is 23 years old and has yet to play in the Indian Premier League.

Nagwaswalla is from the Parsi tribe, which is credited with being one of India’s early cricket pioneers.

Nagwaswalla is from Nargal, a Gujarat village near the border town of Umbergaon.

After seeing his older brother, Vispi, play cricket, he decided to take up the sport himself.

When Nagwaswalla made his debut for Gujarat in 2018, he became the first Parsi cricketer to play in the Ranji Trophy since 1995, according to Cricket Country.

On November 1, 2018, Nagwaswalla made his Ranji Trophy debut against Baroda in Vadodara, picking up only one wicket.

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In just his third first- class appearance, he drew the attention of the cricketing world with a five-wicket haul against Mumbai in Mumbai.

Suryakumar Yadav, Arman Jaffer, Siddesh Lad, and Aditya Tare were among the top Mumbai batsmen remove by Nagwaswalla as Gujarat cruise to a 9-wicket victory.

Nagwaswalla took 21 wickets in eight matches in his first Ranji Trophy season, with the best figures of 5/90.

Nagwaswalla rose by leaps and bounds the following season, topping Gujarat’s wicket-takers charts with 41 scalps in just eight matches at a remarkable average of 18.36.

Nagwaswalla’s best first-class figures came against Punjab in Gujarat in January 2020, when he took 10-wickets.

Arzan was in excellent form in India’s recent white-ball domestic tournaments.

In just seven games, the left-arm seamer took 19 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 4.32. The best bowling spell of 6/54 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

He had 9 wickets from 5 matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

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