Himachal Pradesh cricket team
Himachal Pradesh cricket team: competitions
Himachal Pradesh cricket team: First-Class Cricket CompetitionsLogo Tournament Wins Years Ranji Trophy 0
Himachal Pradesh cricket team: Limited Overs Cricket CompetitionsLogo Tournament Wins Years Vijay Hazare Trophy 1
Himachal Pradesh cricket team: Twenty20 Cricket CompetitionsLogo Tournament Wins Years Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 0
Himachal Pradesh cricket team: Indian domestic cricket team
The Himachal Pradesh cricket team is a cricket team that appeared in 1985. The team represents the state of Himachal Pradesh with a population of 6.5 million. The club competes in 3 popular domestic championships: the Ranji Trophy, the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. It plays home matches at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium with a capacity of 23,000 people. Unfortunately, the team has no championship titles to date. However, let’s hope that this moment will happen soon.
Himachal Pradesh cricket team – the birth of the Association
The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) is the governing body for the local cricket team. The association was formed in 1960 to expand the cricket game in Himachal state. To obtain the status of a full member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, you must be an associate member of the Republican Council for five years and have all the conditions in the state for professional cricket. All this happened in September 1984. From then on, the HPCA was able to field a team to play first-class cricket.
Today, the local Association leads the team and is also responsible for the development and popularization of all cricket in the Himachal state. HPCA hosts several local championships with amateur clubs of different ages (from U13 to U25).
The debut season at the first-class Ranji Trophy tournament, the Himachal Pradesh club spent in the year of its foundation – in 1985. The team started its sports path very poorly. According to the official website, the team won the championship for the first time (1st game) only in the 1990-1991 season. Then the Himachal Pradesh cricket team beat the players from the Services cricket team.
The team recorded the lowest rate at the Ranji Trophy in 2017, losing one of the innings to the Hyderabad team with a score of 36 – 126. As for the last season (2019-2020), the club finished it in 5th place out of 9 in Group B.
Himachal Pradesh cricket team – participation in other competitions
A new tournament appeared in India called the Ranji One Day Trophy in 1993. It consists of one-day matches with a limited number of overs (games last up to a maximum of 8 hours, two innings of 40-60 overs are played). The championship was held without play-off rounds for the first 9 years. The final matches appeared only in 2002. At the same time, the competition was renamed the Vijay Hazare Trophy (VHT). In the last season, which ended in March 2021 (due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only the first-class Ranji Trophy was not held), the Himachal Pradesh cricket team took 5th place out of 6 in Group D.
Another tournament in the format of one-day matches was formed in 2006 under the name Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The main difference from VHT is the number of overs per inning. There are only 40 of them per game (20 to 20). Usually, such matches last about 3 hours.
In the last season of the short tournament, the players from Himachal Pradesh finished 2nd in Group C and advanced to the playoff round. Alas, the team already lost to Tamil Nadu by a score of 5 wickets in the quarter-finals.
To date, the Himachal Pradesh cricket team has four talented players:
- Rishi Dhawan;
- Akash Vasisht;
- Digvijay Rangi;
- Raghav Dhawan.
These are the kind of team members who can play the roles of the batsman and bowler. Players are highly valued in every sports team. Ankit Kalsi is considered the captain in the first-class championship, and Rishi Dhawan is considered the captain in the Twenty20 and One Day games.
Summing up, it can be understood that the club lacks skill. Perhaps it’s the coach or the team’s players. In any case, we wish the local cricketers quick big wins in professional tournaments!