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

Another twist in saga: Kohli quits as India’s Test captain

The first fallout was Kohli’s decision — made public on Twitter on Saturday evening, but conveyed to his teammates in Cape Town after India’s seven-wicket defeat on Friday.
Virat Kohli plays a shot for four off the bowling of England's James Anderson on day four of the fourth Test match at The Oval cricket ground in London.(AP)
Virat Kohli plays a shot for four off the bowling of England's James Anderson on day four of the fourth Test match at The Oval cricket ground in London.(AP)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 04:41 AM IST
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Where India lost the plot in South Africa

  • India carried distractions into the South Africa series and then missed a few tricks to pull off their first Test series win in that country, losing 1-2 after taking the lead.
India's Virat Kohli shakes hands with South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen after the match.(REUTERS)
India's Virat Kohli shakes hands with South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen after the match.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 15, 2022 01:46 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

IND vs SA: 193 minutes of the Kohli school of grit

The captain pulled out an unlikely innings, his slowest ever, to keep one end going as Pant launched into his blistering attack
India captain Virat Kohli give the thumbs up during Day 3 of the third Test(AP)
India captain Virat Kohli give the thumbs up during Day 3 of the third Test(AP)
Published on Jan 13, 2022 10:41 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

IND vs SA: India toss away advantage by batting first

In the 10 innings India have batted first before this Test in South Africa, England and New Zealand—where there is considerable lateral movement—they had crossed 300 just thrice.
Virat Kohli and Dean Elgar ahead of 3rd Test in Cape Town(Twitter/BCCI)
Virat Kohli and Dean Elgar ahead of 3rd Test in Cape Town(Twitter/BCCI)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 10:58 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Virat Kohli bats for transitions to "happen naturally"

  • India skipper backs Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane ahead of the Cape Town Test, says "conversations can't be forced around it (transitions)"
Virat Kohli bats for transitions to
Virat Kohli bats for transitions to "happen naturally"
Updated on Jan 10, 2022 10:10 PM IST
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The importance of all-rounders occasionally used

  • Here’s why Thakur and Jadeja have been India’s best bets for that role outside Asia.
Shardul Thakur(ANI)
Shardul Thakur(ANI)
Published on Jan 08, 2022 08:25 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

The need for India's batting to impose itself

  • The bowling group has had a rare day off at Wanderers but batters too need to close out matches.
India's batsman Ajinkya Rahane leaves the field after being dismissed by South Africa's bowler Duanne Olivier for a duck, during the first day of the 2nd Test Cricket match between South Africa and India at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg.(AP)
India's batsman Ajinkya Rahane leaves the field after being dismissed by South Africa's bowler Duanne Olivier for a duck, during the first day of the 2nd Test Cricket match between South Africa and India at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg.(AP)
Published on Jan 08, 2022 09:02 AM IST
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By, Kolkata

IND vs SA: Captain courageous Dean Elgar makes it 1-1

When the batters also start putting their bodies on the line, it starts to mess with the bowlers' minds. Dean Elgar did that to India.
Dean Elgar reacts after South Africa won the second Test against India(AP)
Dean Elgar reacts after South Africa won the second Test against India(AP)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 11:27 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Pujara-Rahane aggression, Elgar’s doggedness leaves 2nd Test in the balance

South Africa moved to within 122 runs of a series-levelling win at stumps on Day 3 but India’s bowlers will still fancy their chances on a spicy pitch at The Wanderers
Dean Elgar reacts after being hit by the ball on the helmet grill off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah(REUTERS)
Dean Elgar reacts after being hit by the ball on the helmet grill off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 05, 2022 10:57 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

IND vs SA: Shardul Thakur in seventh heaven, Cheteshwar Pujara on fifth gear

India seamer captures 7/61 to restrict South Africa’s first innings lead and No 3 batter, under pressure to hold his spot, counter-attacks the Proteas bowlers on Day 2 of the 2nd Test at The Wanderers
Cheteshwar Pujara in action(AP)
Cheteshwar Pujara in action(AP)
Published on Jan 04, 2022 10:50 PM IST
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With Virat Kohli absent, India fold for 202 on Day 1 of Johannesburg Test

Skipper sits out due to back spasm and stand-in KL Rahul hits 50, but middle-order flops as the visitors are dismissed cheaply. South Africa, looking to comeback after the Centurion defeat, were 35/1 at stumps
KL Rahul watches his shot goes over the boundary during the first day of the 2nd Test(AP)
KL Rahul watches his shot goes over the boundary during the first day of the 2nd Test(AP)
Updated on Jan 03, 2022 11:22 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Virat Kohli revival: Less on the front, more on the back foot

“If you come on the front foot and the bowler bowls short of a length outside off-stump, there is less chance of getting scoring shots…. He has to develop the back foot shots as well,” says former India opening batman and team manager, Lalchand Rajput
India's Virat Kohli in action.(REUTERS)
India's Virat Kohli in action.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 02, 2022 11:35 PM IST
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Virat Kohli’s work ethic phenomenal despite noise around him: Rahul Dravid

  • Coach feels India skipper is going to soon produce a big run of scores as visitors look to clinch a historic series win in South Africa during the second Test at Wanderers
Head Coach of Team India Rahul Dravid with Test captain Virat Kohli (ANI)
Head Coach of Team India Rahul Dravid with Test captain Virat Kohli (ANI)
Published on Jan 02, 2022 10:00 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

The year ahead: Rohit has his task cut out, 11 months before T20 WC

Rohit Sharma will barely get 11 months before his first big captaincy test—the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia. And another 11 months on will come the ODI World Cup at home. Sharma is in an unenviable position.
The India captaincy will be markedly different from what Sharma has experienced at the Mumbai Indians. (HT Photo)
The India captaincy will be markedly different from what Sharma has experienced at the Mumbai Indians. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 01, 2022 05:24 PM IST
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India's fast bowlers take the leap of faith

  • In the 67 Tests captained by Kohli, India has averaged 25.26 runs per wicket, making this the top bowling team any captain has had in the history of the game, better than the Hansie Cronje-led South Africa team, West Indies under Viv Richards and Steve Waugh’s Australia
India's Jasprit Bumrah, left, has a word with bowler Mohammed Siraj as he prepares to bowl, during the fifth day of the Test Cricket match between South Africa and India at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Dec. 30(AP)
India's Jasprit Bumrah, left, has a word with bowler Mohammed Siraj as he prepares to bowl, during the fifth day of the Test Cricket match between South Africa and India at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Dec. 30(AP)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 09:13 AM IST
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By, Kolkata

India breach another fortress

  • Kohli-led team wins first Test by 113 runs to hand South Africa only their 3rd loss in 27 Tests at Centurion
India's captain Virat Kohli, second from right, celebrates with teammates at end of the fifth day of the Test Cricket match between South Africa and India at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. India beat South Africa by 113 runs.(AP)
India's captain Virat Kohli, second from right, celebrates with teammates at end of the fifth day of the Test Cricket match between South Africa and India at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. India beat South Africa by 113 runs.(AP)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 12:00 AM IST
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Jasprit Bumrah strikes as India push for victory in first SA Test

  • The India pace spearhead took two of the four wickets India claimed to leave South Africa, chasing a difficult 305 to win, reduced to 94/4 at stumps on Day 4 of the Centurion Test.
India's Jasprit Bumrah celebrates taking the wicket of South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen with teammates.(REUTERS)
India's Jasprit Bumrah celebrates taking the wicket of South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen with teammates.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 11:49 PM IST
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Mohammed Shami five-for puts India on top despite batting collapse in Centurion

The fast bowler completed 200 Test scalps to help restrict South Africa to 197, a first-innings lead of 130, on Day 3 at the SuperSport Park which saw batters from both sides fail to apply themselves
Mohammed Shami celebrates the dismissal of South Africa's Wiaan Mulder on the Day 3 of the first Test between South Africa and India. (ANI)
Mohammed Shami celebrates the dismissal of South Africa's Wiaan Mulder on the Day 3 of the first Test between South Africa and India. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 11:44 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Indian Test openers: On a merry-go-round and loving it

  • Despite constant change at the top of the order, the opening department is robust and whoever gets a chance delivers more often than not.
India's KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal (REUTERS)
India's KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal (REUTERS)
Published on Dec 27, 2021 10:18 PM IST
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KL Rahul’s brilliant ton puts India on top versus South Africa on Day 1

The visitors reach 272/3 after electing to bat. Rahul was 122* after skipper Kohli, who had elected to bat, fell for 35 in the first Test at an empty Centurion Park
KL Rahul, right, raises his bet and a helmet after reaching a century during the Test Cricket match between South Africa India at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Sunday(AP)
KL Rahul, right, raises his bet and a helmet after reaching a century during the Test Cricket match between South Africa India at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, Sunday(AP)
Updated on Dec 26, 2021 11:40 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Centurion, South Africa’s citadel, awaits India in first Test

  • India, chasing their first series win in that country, must ride the challenge of hostile Proteas fast bowlers on a pitch likely to aid pace and bounce
Indian captain Virat Kohli shares a light moment with head coach Rahul Dravid during a practice session ahead of the first test match between India and South Africa, at SuperSport Park, in Centurion on Saturday.(ANI)
Indian captain Virat Kohli shares a light moment with head coach Rahul Dravid during a practice session ahead of the first test match between India and South Africa, at SuperSport Park, in Centurion on Saturday.(ANI)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 11:03 PM IST
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Tale of two eras: Bowlers shine, batters in decline

  • India's batting averages away from home since January 2013 have fallen compared to the previous generation
Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli(AP (FILE))
Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli(AP (FILE))
Published on Dec 24, 2021 11:00 PM IST
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Of South Africa and 30 years of Eden regained

  • Ali Bacher recounts South Africa’s first match at Eden Gardens after readmission, is positive about future despite damning SJN report.
Dr Ali Bacher (L) and Percy Sonn from South Africa in the Long Room at Lords Cricket Ground in London. (PA Images via Getty Images)
Dr Ali Bacher (L) and Percy Sonn from South Africa in the Long Room at Lords Cricket Ground in London. (PA Images via Getty Images)
Published on Dec 20, 2021 10:20 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Ten years and counting, an Ashwin era

  • Second quickest to 400 Test wickets and most prolific bowler since his debut, Ashwin's record is the stuff of legend but it's also absurd he has played just 81 matches.
India's Ravichandran Ashwin in action 
India's Ravichandran Ashwin in action 
Published on Dec 19, 2021 11:32 PM IST
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South Africa face India without their three batting stalwarts for the first time

  • The Proteas will take on India in the three-Test series starting on December 26 without Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers or Faf du Plessis for the first time
Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers(AP)
Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers(AP)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 12:26 AM IST
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Left has been right this year

  • Ajaz and Axar have led the re-emergence of left-arm slow bowlers in 2021
Indian bowler Axar Patel(PTI)
Indian bowler Axar Patel(PTI)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 08:50 PM IST
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In South Africa, the fight will get real for Virat Kohli

  • Kohli wasn’t really challenged during his rapid rise to power. But after his tell-all media conference on Wednesday, the India Test captain has to ready himself for an administrative backlash.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli plays a shot during the third day of the 2nd Test match between India and New Zealand, at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai on Sunday.(ANI)
Indian skipper Virat Kohli plays a shot during the third day of the 2nd Test match between India and New Zealand, at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai on Sunday.(ANI)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 10:51 AM IST
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By, Kolkata

Say hello again to Captain Smith

  • Steve Smith was destined to be captain once he was made vice-captain to Pat Cummins before the Ashes. It came to him suddenly on Thursday because of Covid-19.
Australia's Steve Smith bats against England during their Ashes cricket test match in Adelaide, Australia, Thursday.(AP)
Australia's Steve Smith bats against England during their Ashes cricket test match in Adelaide, Australia, Thursday.(AP)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 08:13 AM IST
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Not the way to treat your best, BCCI

  • As Indian cricket’s most successful ODI skipper, BCCI should have given Kohli the respect he deserves
Not the way to treat your best, BCCI(Getty)
Not the way to treat your best, BCCI(Getty)
Published on Dec 15, 2021 11:57 PM IST
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No stigma anymore if you want time away from cricket: John Gloster

  • The former India physio talks about the challenges of long tournaments and tours in bio-bubbles, mental health and cricket, why Ben Stokes took a great decision in skipping the IPL and why coach Dravid's influence on the Indian team may not just be restricted to wins and losses
John Gloster. (John Gloster/Instagram)
John Gloster. (John Gloster/Instagram)
Published on Dec 13, 2021 08:45 PM IST
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