Ben Stokes determined to finish on high amid India’s Himalayan peaks

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England’s captain says his side have ‘massively evolved’ despite results and the Test team have a spectacular setting to prove it

The colourful HPCA Stadium is a relative newcomer to Test cricket, being number 114 out of the 122 grounds to have hosted a men’s game. But nestled 1,317m above sea level, with a Toblerone of snow-capped Himalayan peaks as its backdrop and eagles swooping overhead, it is unquestionably among the most breathtaking.

Add the presence of the Dalai Lama, whom England’s cricketers are due to meet on Wednesday, a day out from the fifth Test, and the Tibetan population who live in exile in Dharamsala, and it ranks among the most fascinating, too. Even though India have won the series, those attending the region’s second Test match – its first since Australia lost by eight wickets back in 2017 – should feel pretty blessed.

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Written by Ali Martin in Dharamsala
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2024/mar/05/ben-stokes-england-india-test-cricket under the title “Ben Stokes determined to finish on high amid India’s Himalayan peaks”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.