Somshuvra Laha

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.

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Brisbane: India's Thangarasu Natarajan, left, and India's Shardul Thakur talk during play on the first day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia,(AP)
Brisbane: India's Thangarasu Natarajan, left, and India's Shardul Thakur talk during play on the first day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia,(AP)

India vs Australia: Forced fast-track in testing times

UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 09:06 PM IST
The number of times before this Test that a team with a combined wickets tally of less than 100 has played a team with a combined tally of more than 1000 wickets is zero. The Indian XI boasted a total of 13 wickets walking into Gabba; Australia had 1033.
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The GABBA in Brisbane has not been kind to touring teams. (Getty)
The GABBA in Brisbane has not been kind to touring teams. (Getty)

India vs Australia: ‘Can’t wait to get you to the Gabba’

By Somshuvra Laha, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 09:18 AM IST
  • India vs Australia: As far as threats go, Australian captain Tim Paine’s sledge to R Ashwin - “can’t wait to get you to the Gabba” - is a pretty potent one.
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Cheteshwar Pujara leaves the ball. (Getty)
Cheteshwar Pujara leaves the ball. (Getty)

India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara and the virtues of slowness

By Somshuvra Laha, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 07:48 AM IST
  • India vs Australia: Strike rates are an integral part of cricket of course; in limited overs games, in T20s in particular, strike rate is king, but does it have a role in Test matches?
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Indian captain Virat Kohli, left, talks with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson(AP)
Indian captain Virat Kohli, left, talks with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson(AP)

Kane Williamson flies high, Virat Kohli higher

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 12:14 PM IST
Williamson (nine hundreds and eight fifties) and Warner (six hundreds and five fifties) have shown above-par conversion for batsmen of their league, scoring a hundred for every second fifty. But Kohli has been peerless in this category, having missed out on scoring a hundred on only three out of the 13 occasions he crossed the fifty-run mark at home in the last five years.
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Melbourne : India's MD Siraj, left, and Jasprit Bumrah chat during play on day one of the Boxing Day cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(AP)
Melbourne : India's MD Siraj, left, and Jasprit Bumrah chat during play on day one of the Boxing Day cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(AP)

Why a heavily depleted Indian pace attack can still make it count

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 08:07 AM IST
As the attack proved in Melbourne, even the debutants bowl with sting. So much so, that it is easy to forget that Jasprit Bumrah, transforming seamlessly from being third pick to leader of the pace battery, has just three years of Test experience.
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India's Ajinkya Rahane, appeals successfully for the dismissal of Australia's Cameron Green, second left, during play on day one of the Boxing Day cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(AP)
India's Ajinkya Rahane, appeals successfully for the dismissal of Australia's Cameron Green, second left, during play on day one of the Boxing Day cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(AP)

Rahane’s India show grit, resolve to bury ghost of 36

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 08:11 AM IST
On the back of a stellar century from stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane, and shooting out the Aussies for 195 and 200 in the two innings, went on to become only the third team in the last 50 years to bounce back from a 1-0 deficit Down Under.
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Steve Smith is bowled.(Getty Images)
Steve Smith is bowled.(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: In Steve Smith’s lean patch, Australian batsmen feel the heat

By Somshuvra Laha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 10:03 PM IST
Steve Smith last scored a century during the September, 2019 Ashes Test in Manchester but there have been handsome scores since, till he stumbled in this series.
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India's Ravindra Jadeja plays a pull shot during play on day two of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020.(AP)
India's Ravindra Jadeja plays a pull shot during play on day two of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020.(AP)

Hidden in plain sight, Ravindra Jadeja the batsman

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 05:32 AM IST
India vs Australia 2nd Test: Ravindra Jadeja—playing his 50th Test—has spent less than a quarter of his Test career in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) countries. If he didn’t make the cut purely as a batsman, it was because Jadeja was considered a spinner first.
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Australia blink at India’s leg glance

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 04:48 AM IST
India vs Australia 2nd Test: Be it the angle of delivery, the bounce or the fielder’s placement, leg-side traps can’t be pulled off without accurate coordination. On Saturday, India did exactly that thrice.
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Photo of Rishabh Pant (L) and Wriddhiman Saha (L)(HT Collage)
Photo of Rishabh Pant (L) and Wriddhiman Saha (L)(HT Collage)

India vs Australia: The long and short of Rishabh Pant’s return and Wriddhiman Saha’s departure

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:40 AM IST
The game has changed. Like the modern-day goalkeeper -- who often joins the last-minute goalmouth scrum to score or steps up for a penalty-kick -- wicketkeepers have to bat out of their skin more often these days.
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Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in three of the four Tests against Australia in the upcoming series that gets underway with a day-nighter at Adelaide from Thursday.(Getty Images)
Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in three of the four Tests against Australia in the upcoming series that gets underway with a day-nighter at Adelaide from Thursday.(Getty Images)

Ajinkya Rahane’s great captaincy test

By Somshuvra Laha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 08:25 AM IST
He has often delivered when India have been in trouble, though there is little that’s flashy about Ajinkya Rahane. With Virat Kohli to fly home after the first Test in Australia, India’s vice-captain can once again be expected to spread his quiet assurance within the team.
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IPL 2020: Eoin Morgan registered his highest IPL score.(IPL/Twitter)
IPL 2020: Eoin Morgan registered his highest IPL score.(IPL/Twitter)

IPL 2020: Morgan, Cummins keep KKR on course, RR exit

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 11:53 PM IST
IPL 2020: Eoin Morgan scored a career best 68 not out while Pat Cummins claimed 4/34 to help Kolkata Knight Riders register a 60-run win against Rajasthan Royals to knock them out of Indian Premier League 2020.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Devdutt Padikkal is bowled by Sunrisers Hyderabad player Sandeep Sharma during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah.(PTI)
Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Devdutt Padikkal is bowled by Sunrisers Hyderabad player Sandeep Sharma during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah.(PTI)

Yorkers, googlies showing the way

By Somshuvra Laha | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 09:22 AM IST
At this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), two classic, highly coveted bowling skills have ruled the season: the yorker and the googly.
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Photo of Ben Stokes celebrating his century against Mumbai Indians in 45th IPL 2020 Match in Abu Dhabi(Rajasthan Royals/Twitter)
Photo of Ben Stokes celebrating his century against Mumbai Indians in 45th IPL 2020 Match in Abu Dhabi(Rajasthan Royals/Twitter)

IPL 2020, RR vs MI: Stokes for stroke, Rajasthan Royals sweep aside Mumbai Indians

By Somshuvra Laha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 11:40 PM IST
IPL 2020, RR vs MI: Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson raised 152 runs for the unbroken third wicket, guiding Rajasthan Royals to an eight-wicket win with 10 balls to spare.
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DC pacer Kagiso Rabada bowls during IPL 2020 cricket match against Delhi Capitals (DC), at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Friday.(PTI)
DC pacer Kagiso Rabada bowls during IPL 2020 cricket match against Delhi Capitals (DC), at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Friday.(PTI)

Rabada’s speedy pitch report

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 08:44 AM IST
Very few fast bowlers know UAE pitches as well as Rabada. It was in Dubai, six years ago, that he took a match-winning 6/25 against Australia in the semi-finals of the U-19 World Cup.
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Kings XI Punjab players Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle celebrate after winning their Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket match against Mumbai Indians (MI), at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.(PTI)
Kings XI Punjab players Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle celebrate after winning their Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket match against Mumbai Indians (MI), at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.(PTI)

In this big-scoring IPL, Super Overs are a bowler’s delight

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 08:38 AM IST
In the five Super Overs in the IPL so far, a team has set a double digit target only once—that’s MI scoring 11 in the second Super Over on Sunday, which was then chased down by KXI.
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Dubai: Kings XI Punjab players Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle celebrate after winning their Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket match against Mumbai Indians (MI), at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020.(PTI)
Dubai: Kings XI Punjab players Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle celebrate after winning their Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket match against Mumbai Indians (MI), at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020.(PTI)

IPL 2020: KXIP beat Mumbai Indians via 2nd Super Over in historic match

By Somshuvra Laha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 07:36 AM IST
IPL 2020: KXIP and Mumbai Indians could not be separated in the allotted 40 overs of play, neither was the Super Over sufficient to get a result. It required the first-ever second Super Over in the history of the tournament to determine the winner, in which KXIP trumped MI in Dubai.
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Sharjah: Kings XI Punjab batsman Chris Gayle raises his bat after scoring a fifty during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.(PTI)
Sharjah: Kings XI Punjab batsman Chris Gayle raises his bat after scoring a fifty during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.(PTI)

When ‘The Boss’ Chris Gayle seeks ‘respect’

By Somshuvra Laha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 10:15 PM IST
This wasn’t the usual fluent knock from Gayle --- he hadn’t batted since January --- but the point was made. Having got to his half-century, Gayle thumped his digits on the ‘The Boss’ sticker on the back of his bat. And pointed to the number --- 333, his score in one of the 103 Tests he has played -- on the back.
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Sharjah: Kings XI Punjab batsmen Chris Gayle and KL Rahul during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.(PTI)
Sharjah: Kings XI Punjab batsmen Chris Gayle and KL Rahul during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.(PTI)

IPL 2020: KXIP end losing streak with win over RCB

By Somshuvra Laha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 11:23 PM IST
IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 wickets in Sharjah to put an end to their losing streak. Batting first, RCB scored 171/6 and in reply KL Rahul and Chris Gayle struck fifties as KXIP chased down the total off the last ball.
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Virat Kohli.(IPL)
Virat Kohli.(IPL)

IPL 2020: Virat Kohli stamps class to guide RCB to easy victory over Dhoni’s CSK

By Somshuvra Laha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 11:40 PM IST
Without Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the jury is still out on how Sunrisers Hyderabad may finish. And Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, lying bottom of the heap, have been both unlucky and sloppy.
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Delhi Capitals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore.(IPL/Twitter)
Delhi Capitals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore.(IPL/Twitter)

IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals beat RCB by 59 runs, reclaim top spot

By Somshuvra Laha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 11:41 PM IST
IPL 2020: Let’s start with Sundar who finished with 4-0-20-0 on Monday. Take his spell out of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowling and it means they were milked for 176 runs in 16 overs. Was it wise to choose to field afterall? Does Virat Kohli need to rethink his strategy?
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IPL 2020: Ishan Kishan’s knock of 99 nearly saw Mumbai Indians home.(IPL/Twitter)
IPL 2020: Ishan Kishan’s knock of 99 nearly saw Mumbai Indians home.(IPL/Twitter)

IPL 2020: Will the real Ishan Kishan please stand up?

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 08:46 AM IST
IPL 2020: On Monday, Ishan Kishan grabbed the lifeline thrown at him and fought tooth and claw for a brilliant innings for Mumbai Indians.
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IPL 2020: KL Rahul goes over the top(Kings XI Punjab/Twitter)
IPL 2020: KL Rahul goes over the top(Kings XI Punjab/Twitter)

IPL 2020: KL Rahul leads from Kings XI Punjab from the front to dislodge Royal Challengers Bangalore

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 12:03 AM IST
IPL 2020: KL Rahul’s century set records tumbling as he led from the front to lead Kings XI Punjab’s 97-run demolition of Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 6 of the Indian Premier League 2020.
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Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders celebrates wicket of AB De Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore.(Sportzpics - IPL)
Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders celebrates wicket of AB De Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore.(Sportzpics - IPL)

Are Sunil Narine, AB de Villiers & Malinga IPL’s best ever performers?

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 08:29 AM IST
Six of the 12 MVPs were chosen because of all-round performance. Only three players—Shane Watson, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell—have had the honour twice.
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Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu against MI(Twitter/CSK)
Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu against MI(Twitter/CSK)

IPL 2020, CSK vs MI: CSK take all setbacks in their stride, ease to victory

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 11:58 PM IST
Ambati Rayudu (71 off 48 balls) blazed his way and Faf du Plessis (55 not out off 44 balls) more than made up for Suresh Raina’s absence at No. 3 with, helping CSK chase down a tricky 163-run target in 19.2 overs overs and with five wickets to spare.
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RCB bowler Yuzvendra Chahal and Virat Kohli celebrate after claiming the wicket of CSK batsman Ambati Rayudu during the Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL T20).(PTI)
RCB bowler Yuzvendra Chahal and Virat Kohli celebrate after claiming the wicket of CSK batsman Ambati Rayudu during the Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL T20).(PTI)

What does it take to succeed in the IPL?

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 09:29 AM IST
The 13th edition adds more uncertainties to the mix; since the season will be played at only three venues in the UAE, teams will have to tinker with their strategies in the absence of a home and away routine.
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One exhibition match changed the landscape of what would go on to become the Sharjah Cricket Ground.(Getty Images)
One exhibition match changed the landscape of what would go on to become the Sharjah Cricket Ground.(Getty Images)

Back to Sharjah, home of rivalries and controversy

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 08:12 AM IST
Abdulrahman Bukhatir is to Sharjah cricket what Kerry Packer was to World Series Cricket, as he narrated a fascinating story about how a barren piece of land went on to become one of the most historic cricket grounds in the world.
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File image of Caribbean Premier League.(File)
File image of Caribbean Premier League.(File)

First Indies: Franchise T20 league gets underway in Trinidad

By Somshuvra Laha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 07:22 AM IST
On weekdays, the first match will start at 10 am in Trinidad (7:30 pm IST) while the second is at 5:30 pm to keep the Caribbean audiences happy as well.
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Nasim Shah of Pakistan bowls watched on by Shaheen Afridi and Waqar Younis during a nets session at Old Trafford, Manchester.(PA Images via Getty Images)
Nasim Shah of Pakistan bowls watched on by Shaheen Afridi and Waqar Younis during a nets session at Old Trafford, Manchester.(PA Images via Getty Images)

Young, fast and furious

By Somshuvra Laha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 07:31 AM IST
Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah have the makings of a left-right pace partnership Pakistan were once famous for. Believe the hype; it’s fun.
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Sanjay Manjrekar wrote to the BCCI, asking the board to take him back as commentator.(Getty Images)
Sanjay Manjrekar wrote to the BCCI, asking the board to take him back as commentator.(Getty Images)

Do commentators in cricket face censorship?

By Somshuvra Laha & Dhiman Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Kolkata
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 07:17 AM IST
Sanjay Manjrekar isn’t the first cricketer-turned-commentator to draw ire. A leaked email has thrown light on how he was forced to write to BCCI pleading for his job.
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