The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) has named the pavilion of its new stadium at Gumma after Sushma Verma, who is India’s wicketkeeper-batswoman. This stadium was inaugurated on June 1, by Anurag Thakur, former HPCA President and ex-President Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The first cricketer from Himachal to represent India in international cricket, 25-year old Sushma Verma was born in Shimla. She debuted with the women’s Indian cricket team in their tour of England in 2014.
"The naming of a pavilion after our player would go a long way in promoting, encouraging and inspiring young cricketers," said HPCA Director R.P. Singh. It was an honour to name the pavilion of Gumma stadium after the ace player stated the HPCA.
"It's a great motivation for the girls of the Himachal Women Cricket Academy and other players to work harder and perform at their level best to achieve such heights," said HPCA Press Secretary Mohit Sood.
Harleen Kaur Deol, one of the players said, "It's really a big thing for any player when a stand or pavilion is named after him/her just like Sachin Tendulkar. We juniors have always been inspired by Sushma 'didi'. She has been our support system."
There are five cricket stadia in Himachal, including the one at Dharamsala, which is world-class. It also has three cricket academies of which one is in Shimla.