In the recent past, some of the most exciting cricketing talent has emerged from Gujarat.
From Pujara to Bumrah to Axar Patel to Jadeja to the Pandya brothers, Gujarat’s representation in Indian cricket has been steadily increasing.
The latest sensation from Gujarat is 23-year-old Arzan Nagwaswalla.
Arzan is a left arm pacer who has been picked as a standby player for the upcoming final of the World Test Championship (WTC) and the five-match Test series against England on the back of his impressive performances in domestic cricket.
Nagwaswalla made his first-class debut for Gujarat in 2018
The left-arm pacer, who was Gujarat’s leading wicket-taker (41 wickets at an average of 18.36) during their run to the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 semi-final.
The young bowler also got a chance to showcase his skills in the Vijay Hazare Trophy earlier this year, where he picked up 19 wickets in 7 matches to become the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
Interestingly, Arzan Nagwaswalla is the first cricketer from the Parsi community to be named in the Indian squad, after a long break of 45 years.
Not surprisingly, Arzan is a huge Zaheer Khan fan.
“My bowling idol and inspiration has always been Zaheer Khan mainly because he has also been a left-arm pacer. I have grown up watching him playing for India.” – said Nagwaswalla
Understandably, Arzan’s family was elated by this unexpected news.
As Arzan explained – “I received the call when I was on my way back home and then called up my parents to share the news. When I reached home, some of my friends were there. We cut a cake.”
We wish the young talent all the best.