After nearly half a century, a Parsi cricketer is ready to embark on an Indian team flight. At least pending. Since Farokh Engineer last played for India in 1975, there has not been a Parsi man as part of the national setup before Gujarat left arm Arzan Nagwaswalla found his name among the reservists. for the world championship final against New Zealand and five. -Series of tests against England. He selected 41 wickets in eight games at 18.36 during the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy season. YouTube has visual proof of his skills: from booming inswingers to right-handed batsmen, stump-breaking Yorkers and throat-threatening bouncers.
There is a bit of Zaheer Khan in the way Nagwaswalla loads up and it’s no surprise that Khan is her idol. Nagwaswalla once met the former Indian stimulator in the Indian net of Mumbai.
“He (Zaheer) came over and said I was playing like him. This tour will be a great learning experience for me and I look forward to it, ”he told The Indian Express.
The 23-year-old left arm stimulator is the youngest member of the Parsi community in the village of Nergal, located a few kilometers from the border town of Umbergaon in Gujarat. In fact, he is the only one of his generation to have fallen behind. The rest, he reveals, left for Mumbai’s greener pastures a long time ago. But his family never wanted to migrate to a big city. The decision to stay put paid off as he quickly rose through the junior ranks in Gujarat.
In the here and now, Nagwaswalla is happy and proud to come from the Parsi community. “It will certainly be a moment of pride for our community. Ever since I started playing cricket I have always wanted to be a cricketer. I know what the legacy of my community has been. I will try to do the same, ”he said.
His Gujarat teammate Priyank Panchal details the key attributes of Nagwaswalla.
“The best part is he can swing the ball back and forth. At the same time, he times over 135 on a consistent basis. He is one of the few bowlers on the domestic circuit to have a deadly bouncer. The fast bowlers go short by pitching around the halfway mark, but Arzan can bounce back by pitching between the half and the good length zone. The way he played in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy, I thought someone would pick him for the Indian Premier League, but he went as a net bowler for the Mumbai Indians. The good thing is that now Arzan will grow up from here. At the start he had pace but had no control on the line. Even a stint as a net bowler with the Indian team will boost his confidence. He will come back as top bowler after the tour, ”Panchal told the newspaper.
The middle left arm stimulator returned to sport at an early age from his older brother Vispi. The pacemaker was returning from Mumbai where he was part of the Mumbai Indian team as the net pitcher when he received a call from the selector.
“I had received a call this morning that I will be chosen, it was the happiest day of my life. I will go home after two months of IPL, I never thought I would be with the Indian team, ”said Nagwaswalla.