Somshuvra Laha

Somshuvra Laha is a sports journalist with over 11 years' experience writing on cricket, football and other sports. He has covered the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, cricket tours of South Africa, West Indies and Bangladesh and the 2010 Commonwealth Games for Hindustan Times.

Articles by Somshuvra Laha

India find their T20 groove

The last few weeks might have marked a turning point in this team's evolution

Ahmedabad, Feb 01 (ANI): India's Shubman Gill celebrates his maiden T20I century during the 3rd T20 match against New Zealand, at Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Ahmedabad, Feb 01 (ANI): India's Shubman Gill celebrates his maiden T20I century during the 3rd T20 match against New Zealand, at Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Published on Feb 02, 2023 11:06 PM IST

After double high, Ishan Kishan hits a low

Picked for the Australia Tests, he has neither scored heavily nor played a match altering innings in white-ball cricket to be a straightforward selection in Rishabh Pant’s absence

India's Ishan Kishan (ANI)
India's Ishan Kishan (ANI)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 07:12 PM IST
By, Kolkata

The girls are coming

There were the Mithali and Jhulan years, then came Harmanpreet and Smriti, but now we have a generation that can set off a million dreams.

The Super 6 loss to Australia could have a debilitating effect but India regrouped, won the other games till they made a mismatch of the final against a strong England side(BCCI)
The Super 6 loss to Australia could have a debilitating effect but India regrouped, won the other games till they made a mismatch of the final against a strong England side(BCCI)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 11:23 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Wristy business: Kuldeep and Chahal tempt India, again

India have preferred a lone wrist spinner in recent times but Indore showed a double act can make life easier.

India's Kuldeep Yadav celebrates a wicket with teammates during the 3rd ODI match against New Zealand(ANI)
India's Kuldeep Yadav celebrates a wicket with teammates during the 3rd ODI match against New Zealand(ANI)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 07:40 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Rohit shifts gears, keeps up with changed ODI batting template

India skipper’s 85-ball ton underlines a more aggressive approach by the opener in recent times.

Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma during a press conference (PTI)
Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma during a press conference (PTI)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 08:28 PM IST
By, Kolkata

The understated importance of Shardul Thakur

Be it with the bat or ball, the all-rounder’s utility once again came to the fore in the final ODI win against New Zealand at Indore to seal a 3-0 series sweep

India's Shardul Thakur bowls during an ODI(AFP)
India's Shardul Thakur bowls during an ODI(AFP)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 06:45 PM IST

India demolish Kiwis to win 3-0, become No 1

Record opening stand for Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill before Shardul Thakur breaks NZ resistance with three wickets.

Indian team members celebrate their victory against New Zealand(PTI)
Indian team members celebrate their victory against New Zealand(PTI)
Published on Jan 24, 2023 10:36 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Dravid keen on getting balancing act right

Key players will play in the IPL unless there are injury concerns, says India coach

IPL performance remains an important criterion and unless injured, cricketers will participate in the league, said Dravid.(AFP)
IPL performance remains an important criterion and unless injured, cricketers will participate in the league, said Dravid.(AFP)
Published on Jan 23, 2023 11:13 PM IST

The Test-Season 2: Little drama, more characters in this sequel

Docuseries glosses over dramatic changes within the Australian team before the narrative gathers steam in Pakistan and Sri Lanka

The second season, streaming on Amazon Prime and starting with the 2021-22 Ashes and including the tour of Pakistan and a restive Sri Lanka, doesn’t even try to match the drama of the first(Getty Images)
The second season, streaming on Amazon Prime and starting with the 2021-22 Ashes and including the tour of Pakistan and a restive Sri Lanka, doesn’t even try to match the drama of the first(Getty Images)
Updated on Jan 23, 2023 07:51 PM IST

No Bumrah but India's pacers keep the faith

India's fast bowling depth has been put to its severest test without Bumrah but it has held up well so far.

File photo of Jasprit Bumrah(ANI)
File photo of Jasprit Bumrah(ANI)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 05:05 PM IST

A change waiting to happen

Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan opening for India can’t be a pipedream after their double hundreds.

India's Shubhman Gill, left, celebrates with batting partner Ishan Kishan after scoring fifty runs(AP)
India's Shubhman Gill, left, celebrates with batting partner Ishan Kishan after scoring fifty runs(AP)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 09:14 PM IST
By, Kolkata

India ride on Shubman Gill's 208 to win against NZ despite Bracewell knock

Opener youngest to score ODI double hundred while the Kiwi batter's blazing 140 took the first ODI to final over.

Shubman Gill reacts as he celebrates his double-century during the first ODI cricket match between India and New Zealand(PTI)
Shubman Gill reacts as he celebrates his double-century during the first ODI cricket match between India and New Zealand(PTI)
Updated on Jan 18, 2023 11:44 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Is KL Rahul, the batter-wicketkeeper, India need at No 5?

Decent keeper, a proper bat lower down the order, Eden win shows the 30-year-old can do whatever he is asked to

India's KL Rahul(ANI)
India's KL Rahul(ANI)
Published on Jan 13, 2023 08:28 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Picked again, Kuldeep triggers SL collapse

Replacing an injured Chahal, Yadav proves worth with three key wickets.

Indian bowler Kuldeep Yadav with teammate Virat Kohli celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka's batter Charith Asalanka (PTI)
Indian bowler Kuldeep Yadav with teammate Virat Kohli celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka's batter Charith Asalanka (PTI)
Published on Jan 12, 2023 11:50 PM IST
By, Kolkata

India dig in to script series win at Eden

KL Rahul anchors tricky chase with unbeaten fifty after Kuldeep, Siraj take three wickets apiece

India’s K L Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav shake hands with Sri Lankan players after winning the second one-day international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Kolkata,.(AP)
India’s K L Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav shake hands with Sri Lankan players after winning the second one-day international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Kolkata,.(AP)
Published on Jan 12, 2023 09:43 PM IST

India eye series win with new opening gambit

Now that the most consistent ODI openers are finally paired, time to score a few hundreds.

Sri Lanka batsman Dasun Shanaka with Indian captain Rohit Sharma during the 1st ODI match (PTI)
Sri Lanka batsman Dasun Shanaka with Indian captain Rohit Sharma during the 1st ODI match (PTI)
Published on Jan 11, 2023 08:38 PM IST
By, Kolkata

The importance of Pant

The left-hander does the incredible with ease and replacing him in the line-up will be a difficult task.

Rishabh Pant(ANI)
Rishabh Pant(ANI)
Published on Jan 06, 2023 09:06 PM IST
By, Kolkata

From soft signals to bad light: Understanding cricket’s manual overrides

Are soft signals redundant? Should floodlights get more wiggle room for Tests to survive?

Are the laws of the game not keeping up with the changing times? Two incidents during the third Test between Australia and South Africa prompt this question.(AP)
Are the laws of the game not keeping up with the changing times? Two incidents during the third Test between Australia and South Africa prompt this question.(AP)
Published on Jan 06, 2023 01:53 PM IST

Smith surpasses Bradman, races ahead of pack

Quickest after Sachin Tendulkar to 30 Test hundreds, Smith taking it “one tour at a time”.

Australia's Steve Smith celebrates making 100 runs against South Africa (AP)
Australia's Steve Smith celebrates making 100 runs against South Africa (AP)
Published on Jan 05, 2023 09:34 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Bengal opener Abhimanyu Easwaran to play Ranji at the Dehradun stadium he owns

The Abhimanyu Cricket Academy Stadium, built by Easwaran’s father for his young son to train, was picked by Uttarakhand as the venue for the tie

Abhimanyu was born in 1995, seven years after the academy came into existence.(Abhimanyu Easwaran/Instagram)
Abhimanyu was born in 1995, seven years after the academy came into existence.(Abhimanyu Easwaran/Instagram)
Published on Jan 02, 2023 11:44 PM IST

BCCI directive on player fitness puts onus on NCA, IPL teams

BCCI makes its National Cricket Academy answerable for injury management while aiming to address IPL workload as well

Despite constant monitoring and the rotation of players in place for years, injuries seem to be on the rise(PTI)
Despite constant monitoring and the rotation of players in place for years, injuries seem to be on the rise(PTI)
Published on Jan 02, 2023 10:13 PM IST

In cricket’s new world order, England have the head start

Strike rates and run rates are the new Test benchmarks, and England have set them pretty high

When batters score so quickly, bowlers automatically get more time to dismiss sides twice. And that’s a significant factor when pitches are unresponsive.(Getty Images)
When batters score so quickly, bowlers automatically get more time to dismiss sides twice. And that’s a significant factor when pitches are unresponsive.(Getty Images)
Published on Jan 01, 2023 11:38 PM IST

The year ahead: Knock it out of the park

India are consistently missing the mark, falling short of establishing themselves as the undisputed overlords of cricket. With the World Cup set to be held here at home, this is the year for batters to step up, innovate, move with the times; do as others are doing and hit a hard reset.

Jos Buttler and Alex Hales of England share a laugh as they celebrate victory over India during the ICC T20 World Cup semi-final in Adelaide in November. (Getty Images; imaging: MALAY Karmakar)
Jos Buttler and Alex Hales of England share a laugh as they celebrate victory over India during the ICC T20 World Cup semi-final in Adelaide in November. (Getty Images; imaging: MALAY Karmakar)
Published on Dec 31, 2022 06:04 PM IST

IPL 2023 Auction: Mukesh Kumar finally makes it big

Bengal pacer picked by Delhi Capitals for ₹5.5 crore at IPL auction

 India's Mukesh Kumar (BCCI Twitter)
India's Mukesh Kumar (BCCI Twitter)
Published on Dec 23, 2022 10:21 PM IST
By, Kolkata

IPL auction: Will the old guard find takers?

In a data-driven age, it remains to be seen if Kane Williamson, Ajinkya Rahane, Joe Root and Tom Latham still stoke IPL interest

 Kane Williamson(BCCI-IPL)
Kane Williamson(BCCI-IPL)
Updated on Dec 21, 2022 11:03 PM IST
By, Kolkata

With Chattogram win, India tune in to Test mode

India were worried about how players would adapt but stand-in KL Rahul is pleased with the effort in the 188-run win.

Team India players(AP)
Team India players(AP)
Published on Dec 18, 2022 05:18 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Patel strikes thrice to give India edge despite Zakir ton

Bangladesh opener hits hundred on debut, India need four more wickets to win Chattogram Test.

Axar Patel celebrates the wicket with his teammates(AP)
Axar Patel celebrates the wicket with his teammates(AP)
Published on Dec 17, 2022 08:34 PM IST

My aim still is to win a Major: Anirban Lahiri

Ace Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri has shifted to Dubai from the United States of America after joining LIV Golf in August

Anirban Lahiri at a golf clinic at the RCGC after the third round of the SSP Chawrasia Invitational on Friday.
Anirban Lahiri at a golf clinic at the RCGC after the third round of the SSP Chawrasia Invitational on Friday.
Updated on Dec 16, 2022 11:40 PM IST

Gill, Pujara crack centuries to set Bangladesh a massive target

With another transition not so far away, Shubman Gill’s maiden Test hundred bodes well for India

Apart from helping Gill reach his century, those two boundaries also raised the hundred-run stand between him and Pujara(BCCI Twitter)
Apart from helping Gill reach his century, those two boundaries also raised the hundred-run stand between him and Pujara(BCCI Twitter)
Published on Dec 16, 2022 11:10 PM IST

Kuldeep displays all-round might on day it mattered

Hits career-best 40 to take India past 400 with Ashwin before scalping four as Bangladesh slide to 133/8.

Kuldeep Yadav(ANI)
Kuldeep Yadav(ANI)
Published on Dec 15, 2022 10:01 PM IST
By, Kolkata
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