In what comes as an exciting news to the cricket fans in the city, Visakhapatnam is all set to host a cricket match this year end. The Indian cricket team will play Sri Lanka in an ODI here on the 17th of December.
The Indian cricket team has a packed home season until December. It will host Australia, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka for a total of three Tests, eleven ODIs, and nine T20s. Subsequently, they will tour South Africa to face the Proteas.
The Lankans will be touring India in December for a tour of three Test matches, three ODIs, and three T20s. The ACA-VDCA stadium is one of the venues for the three ODIs. The secretary of Visakhapatnam District Cricket Association (VDCA) K. Parthasarathi has confirmed this news. The other two venues have are Mohali and Dharamshala.
Visakhapatnam and Indian cricket’s love story
Visakhapatnam has been a happy hunting ground for the Indian team. They last played an ODI here in October when the defeated New Zealand by a big margin. The ACA-VDCA stadium was even given the Test status recently in 2016. Much to the satisfaction of everyone, India comprehensively defeated the English side in the city’s first Test match.
Vizag has many special cricketing memories associated with it. In fact, one of our country’s favourite cricketing sons, M.S.Dhoni had announced himself on the international stage when he mauled Pakistan’s bowling attack and went on to score his first ODI century. He made 148 runs in this match and still believes that this match was a turning point in his career.
Also, Captain Virat Kohli has some fond memories of the ground. Here, he played some match-winning knocks against teams like Australia and the West Indies.
Moreover, many cricketers just love our city’s scenic beauty and relish the opportunity of playing here.