Test cricket in the foothills of the Himalayas: India, Australia reach their final destination : Cricket, News


  • Here are the first Test played in Dharamsala

  • The first ODI was played in January 27, 2013

  • The four-match series is currently tied 1-1

A string that began with plenty of promise has reached its very last stop in Dharamsala. The war which began in Pune and then captured fiercer in Bengaluru was accompanied by a dogfight of a fascination with Ranchi and has now reached the scenic Himalayas.

A series which has delivered from amazing cricket to a trademark off-field verbal brawls between the two media and teams has eventually come down to one of the most peaceful areas in the nation, an individual could say.

– BCCI (@BCCI) March 24, 2017

Dharamsala, the home of the Dalai Lama, is a place famous for its breathtaking scenery and instead scenic lifestyle. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, it’s filled warm people and tiny cafes, with some beautiful Tibetan and Italian cuisine at the offering. They say it’s the ideal place to grab some beer and ‘chill’ amidst the grueling work schedules nowadays. People often say they visit the place to find inner peace.

It will now host its first Test match and in a ideal situation perhaps. Isn’t it?

After the heated exchanges in Bengaluru and sly digs in Ranchi, the teams arrived in the cold Himalayas to take on one another and go all out for the Border-Gavaskar trophy with the series being tied at 1-1.

– BCCI (@BCCI) March 24, 2017

The HPCA stadium is all set to host their first Test match since its inception back in the early half of the 2000s. The stadium is unique in India as it’s situated at an altitude of 1,457 m over the sea level and has the snow-capped Himalayan mountains in the background. The first international team who played within this ground was Pakistan, when they played a warm-up match against an India A side in 2005.

Himachal Pradesh play their domestic matches back their but it finally came into recognition once the 23000-seater hosted its first Indian Premier League match back in 2012, when they played host two of Kings XI Punjab’s home matches.

It received international recognition once the first ODI was played in January 27, 2013 between India and England which England won the match by 7 wickets. The HPCA hosted their first T20I on October 2, 2015 when Indian took on South Africa, which turned out to be a high scorer but eventually the visitors prevailed by seven wickets with two balls to spare.

Ultimately, after four decades of worldwide cricket, Dharamsala is all set to experience the oldest and the most testing form of cricket amidst its slow and soft paced locales – Test cricket.

– BCCI (@BCCI) March 23, 2017

Although, the spectators might miss out on watching Virat Kohli, as he is doubtful for the match as of now but they can totally anticipate some swashbuckling cricket and some much needed ‘heat’ perhaps in the cool temperatures.