Arzan Nagwaswalla, the 23-year-old left-arm seamer from Gujarat, is selected as one of the 4 stand-by players for the tour of the UK which comprises the inaugural World Test Championship final versus New Zealand in Southampton from June 18th, and a 5-Test series against England in August-September.
Arzan Nagwaswalla is one of the unknown entities as he hasn’t played in the IPL yet. However, his brilliant domestic performances in the last couple of seasons have earned him the call-up to the national set-up for the first time.
The youngster has represented his state at the Under-16s, Under-19s, and Under-23 level. He made his Ranji Trophy debut in 2018 and rose in the limelight with a 5-wicket haul against Mumbai at Wankhede.
He garnered further recognition in the 2019/20 season where he ended up as Gujarat’s leading wicket-taker with 41 scalps at a terrific average of 18.36. He bagged three five-fors in the season, including a 10-wicket haul against Punjab.
Will try to make it tough for batsmen in the nets so they are ready for the match: Arzan Nagwaswalla
Not only his domestic numbers but also his left-arm angle would have enticed the selectors to give him the nod as it will help the Indian batters face some left-arm pace in the nets to help them prepare for bowlers like Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, and Sam Curran which they will face in the coming summer.
In absence of the injured T Natarajan, Arzan Nagwaswalla provides the left-arm bowling option for batters to practice in the nets. The youngster, too, understands this aspect and is ready to give his best in the nets to make the batters prepare better for the game.
Like Wagner, Arzan Nagwaswalla also has a fearful bouncer – he says he often bowls the burst of bouncers in domestic cricket and wished to do the same in the nets to the likes of Virat Kohli and co.
“I am happy I will be able to prepare our batsmen to handle their left-arm fast bowlers. I will try to make it tough for the batsmen in the nets so that they are ready for the match,” Arzan Nagwaswalla was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“In the Gujarat Ranji team, when we want to bowl a spell full of bouncers, I am the one who does it. From my 41 wickets in the Ranji trophy, 12-15 came from bouncers. Otherwise, I look to bowl good in-swingers to right-handers,” he added.