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EXCLUSIVE: Zaheer Khan fan Arzan Nagwaswalla wants to be ready for any situation on tour of England | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The identify Arzan Nagwaswalla made information when the left arm pacer from Gujarat was included within the Indian squad for the UK tour (WTC ultimate and 5 Test sequence vs England) as a reserve participant.
The 23 12 months previous has been doing effectively for Gujarat within the home circuit, and the BCCI clearly saved a watch on his progress.
The teen is happy about what is going to be his first overseas tour, albeit as a standby participant. He will be a web bowler, serving to the Indian batsman put together for the WTC ultimate and the 5 Test sequence vs England. But he is aware of that he wants to be totally ready, simply in case he’s known as up to play.

(Arzan Nagwaswalla – TOI Photo)
Arzan gave the instance of Tamil Nadu pacer T Natarajan who was picked as a web bowler for the Australia sequence and went on to make his worldwide debut in all three codecs on the identical tour (Australia).
“I am preparing for that moment. I want to be ready in every aspect. In Australia, many of our main players were not available and then responsibility was given to the players on the bench they all gave their best and won the series for India. I want to be prepared for a possible similar moment on this tour (UK). I just want to go and practice and train as much as possible. I want to practice and train as if I am going to play a Test match. If my captain or coach asks me – ‘are you ready?’ I will confidently say, yes, I am. That is the way I want to prepare myself,” Arzan informed Timesofindia.com in an unique interview.
There’s a cause Arzan obtained the decision from the BCCI for the tour of UK.
The left-arm pacer was Gujarat’s main wicket-taker with 41 scalps within the 2019-20 season.
“I am really excited as it is my first overseas tour. I am travelling with the best team in the world. I am very excited about it. All I want to do is go and bowl at the nets, help our batsmen prepare for the WTC final and of course the England series,” he additional informed TimesofIndia.com.
India captain Virat Kohli will lead India within the WTC ultimate towards New Zealand on the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, beginning June 18. After the WTC ultimate, India are scheduled to play a protracted Test sequence (5-matches) towards Joe Root-led England staff, beginning August 4 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

(Arzan Nagwaswalla, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli – Agency Photo)
Since 1932, India have toured England 18 instances for a Test sequence and have emerged as sequence winners solely thrice. They gained in 1971 (below Ajit Wadekar’s captaincy), in 1986 (below Kapil Dev’s captaincy), and in 2007 (below Rahul Dravid’s captaincy). After 2007, India toured England 3 times, however could not clinch the sequence (2011, 2014 & 2018).
The 23-12 months-previous Arzan is happy to bowl to the likes of Kohli and Rohit Sharma on the nets and assist them put together for the WTC ultimate and the Test sequence towards England. He can be trying ahead to sharing the ball, on the nets, along with his senior from Gujarat, Jasprit Bumrah.
“I am really excited to bowl to Virat bhai. When I met him for the first time, he asked – ‘ready?’ I said yes. He smiled and patted me and said – ‘all the best, we will have a great time’. He (Virat) has played numerous match-winning knocks for the team. Bowling to Virat bhai is tough, but I am excited,” Arzan mentioned.
“I am also looking forward to sharing the ball with Jasprit bhai. He is a star bowler. I have learnt a lot from him. We belong to the same state (Gujarat) so he knows me. Not just Jasprit bhai, I am excited to bowl alongside every other Indian bowler as well,” he mentioned.
“We have a strong side. The best part is that we have match-winners in our team. The way we lost the first match and then turned the tables and went on to win the series in Australia was incredible. After winning in Australia, we defeated England at home, so the confidence is high and I am sure we will win the WTC title as well as England series too. The confidence level of this Indian team is on a different level,” Arzan additional informed TimesofIndia.com.

(Zaheer Khan and Arzan Nagwaswalla – Photo courtesy Mumbai Indians)
Since he was a toddler, Arzan idolised India veteran pacer Zaheer Khan. The Gujarat pacer used to obtain Zaheer’s bowling movies and watch his motion, the way in which he swung the ball and different technicalities. He has an enormous assortment of Zaheer’s bowling spells on video.
Arzan’s dream of assembly his idol lastly got here true when he was picked as a web bowler for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021.
“My bowling idol is Zaheer Khan since childhood. I admire him. I have a collection of his bowling videos. I watched them and learned from them. I just keep things simple. ‘If you keep things simple and focus, you will get success’ – this is what Zaheer sir’s advice to me was and I follow this religiously,” the 23-12 months-previous mentioned.
“Meeting Zaheer sir at Mumbai Indians was a dream come true for me. I was so excited and waited for a couple of days for him. When he joined us, I met him and told him that he is an inspiration and told him about the collection of his videos (bowling) I have. He patted me and hugged me. He said ‘focusing and keeping things simple’ will take me a long way. He appreciated my bowling too. I asked him a lot of questions,” he mentioned.
Zaheer, who performed 92 Tests and 200 ODIs for India between 2000 and 2014, determined to maintain a detailed watch on Arzan’s bowling motion on the nets.

(Arzan Nagwaswalla – Instagram Photo)
“Zaheer sir told me my basics are strong so I don’t have to change anything on that front. He asked me to bowl for hours at the nets and focus on training. He stood at one corner and asked me to bowl. He is a tough taskmaster. He will make you learn things. During the session he used to observe me and write down pointers in his notebook and then guided me after the spells. He told me something which are golden and memorable words for me. He told me – ‘your action is quite similar to mine’. Those words were really important for me. I was really happy. You can say, I copied his style since I was a child. I always wanted to bowl the way he (Zaheer) bowled in his career,” he mentioned.
For Arzan, there are numerous Zaheer Khan spells that stand out for him, however the one that can all the time stay his favorite is Zak bowling towards England within the 2011 World Cup (tied match).
“The one spell that will always remain close to my heart will be his spell vs England during the 2011 World Cup when he came on in the middle overs and claimed two wickets in two deliveries. He dismissed Ian Bell and Andrew Strauss in that match. The match ended in a tie. Zaheer sir saved that match for India. He was a bowler who could take wickets in any situation and in any conditions,” Arzan signed off.

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