The stage is set for Dharamsala Test! What a time to make Test debut, for HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala. With the final, Dharamsala Test, of the gruellingly contested series to decide the fate, all eyes are now on the match up.
“Dharamsala, no different from what we’ve done here in Ranchi. We have given our best here, and as long as we keep doing that, I am sure we will get ourselves into winning positions.” – Virat Kohli, Captain, Indian Cricket Team
“If there’s anything called momentum in cricket it’s probably with us at the moment. India coming today would have expected to bowl us out. I’m sure they’re hurting a little bit. But having said that it’s one-all and we’re playing a decider in Dharamsala. Really exciting. Group’s looking forward to it.” – Steven Smith, Captain, Australian Cricket Team
Espncricinfo describes Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala as “Stunning. Breathtaking. Awesome. The adjectives roll out as one enters the most beautiful ground in India.”
Located at the foothills of the Dhauladhars range of The Great Himalayas, HPCA stadium has hosted several International games in the past. Re-live the fixtures involving India
India v New Zealand, 16 October 2016 – Hardik Pandya’s Debut Heroics
Hardik Pandya announced himself on the ODI circuit with a fantastic opening bowling to set up a six-wicket win in the first ODI in Dharamsala. Setting a target of 191, Virat Kohli never let chase go out of hand with a swashbuckling unbeaten 81-ball 85 under lights.
4th ODI India v West Indies, 17 October 2014 – Kohli ton help India seal series
After a good opening stand between Rahane and Dhawan, Kohli’s 114-ball 127 sets West Indies target of 331 to keep the series alive. In reply, Samuels slammed a valiant hundred containing 6 humongous maximums but in vain.
South Africa in India T20I Series – 1st T20I – Rohit Century not Enough to Keep SA Away
It took the brilliance of Amla, AB de Villiers and Duminy together to pip the century by Rohit India to chase down Indian total of 199.
It was in the 2010 IPL that Dharamsala first got the attention, hosting matches for Kings XI Punjab as their second home ground. In no time, it has become one of India’s most popular venues.
Congratulations, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association [HPCA] Stadium on your test debut. Hope the upcoming 4th Test between India and Australia at Dharamsala will give us a lot of joy and to cherish.
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