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

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
Published on Dec 15, 2022 10:01 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Pujara, Iyer rally before Bangladesh hit back

Two wickets in the last 10 overs helped Bangladesh recover some ground after Pujara and Iyer’s 149-run stand.

India's Cheteshwar Pujara, left, Bangladesh's Mehidy Hasan Miraz center and India's Shreyas Iyer react after a delivery (AP)
Published on Dec 14, 2022 08:42 PM IST
By, Kolkata

WTC points at stake as India take guard in Chattogram

Bangladesh have never won against India and the visitors still have the edge in the first Test despite missing Rohit, Bumrah, Shami and Jadeja

India train for the Bangladesh Tests.(Twitter)
Published on Dec 13, 2022 09:47 PM IST

Ishan Kishan opens India's eyes to new age of batting

In fastest double-hundred, Kishan’s uncluttered approach underlines need of the hour

By the end of the 10th over, Kishan was on 33 from 40 balls. In the next 91 balls, he scored 177.(Ishan Kishan Twitter)
Published on Dec 11, 2022 01:07 AM IST

Chance for India to get into ODI mode with packed home season

The series defeat in Bangladesh should trigger urgent redressal in different areas for Rohit Sharma's team

Lack of personnel is a legitimate gripe but it remains to be seen if India’s one-day batting can do anything different from the T20 version.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 08, 2022 10:22 PM IST

Bangladesh clinch ODI series despite late Rohit Sharma counter

Maiden ton by Mehdi Miraz helps Bangladesh reach 271 from 69/6 before India bungle the chase in a last-ball thriller

Bangladesh players celebrate after winning the 2nd ODI against India(ANI )
Published on Dec 07, 2022 09:55 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Can Ruturaj Gaikwad’s sublime form propel him into the India team?

The batter strung together some brilliant hundreds at the Vijay Hazare Trophy but the lack of India slots has slowed his career graph

Indian cricketer Ruturaj Gaikwad(BCCI)
Published on Dec 06, 2022 03:00 PM IST
By, Kolkata

With Pindi thriller, England continue changing Test cricket

Not only did England score 921 runs from 821 balls, they also took 20 wickets on a featherbed to win the Rawalpindi game by 74 runs

England's players celebrate after the dismissal of Pakistan's Salman Ali Agha (not pictured) during the fifth and final day of the first cricket Test match between Pakistan and England
Published on Dec 05, 2022 10:04 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Miraz scripts one-wicket shock against India

Bangladesh score 51 runs for the 10th wicket in thriller to take 1-0 lead

Bangladesh's Mehidy Hasan Miraz celebrates after winning the first one day international cricket match against India in Dhaka.(AP)
Published on Dec 04, 2022 08:34 PM IST

India to start World Cup build-up from Bangladesh series

The big names are back against Bangladesh, who haven’t lost a bilateral ODI series at home since October, 2016

With the return of the big names, it’s unlikely India will experiment too much(PTI)
Published on Dec 03, 2022 09:21 PM IST

Bold England sink Pakistan on record-breaking day

With four centurions, England become first side to score 500 on first day of Test.

England's Ollie Pope, left, celebrates with teammate Harry Brook after scoring century during the first day(AP)
Published on Dec 01, 2022 11:01 PM IST
By, Kolkata

The Pant riddle for India

Runs aren’t coming but Rishabh Pant feels his numbers should be compared only after he crosses 30.

Rishabh Pant of India bats during their one day cricket match at Hagley Oval(AP)
Published on Nov 30, 2022 08:42 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Messrs. Chanderpaul: Shivnarine then, Tagenarine now

Tagenarine follows in father and legend Shivnarine’s footsteps, set to make debut in Australia.

Tagenarine Chanderpaul(ICC)
Updated on Nov 30, 2022 09:50 AM IST

Seven sixes in 43-run over, Ruturaj Gaikwad creates world record

On Monday, Gaikwad finished with 16 sixes, equalling Jaskaran Malhotra, Soumya Sarkar, AB de Villiers and Rohit Sharma on the list of most sixes in a List A individual innings

Maharashtra opener Ruturaj Gaikwad becomes the first batter in the history of white-ball cricket to have struck seven consecutive sixes in an over during Maharashtra's match against Uttar Pradesh in the quarter-final match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022, in Ahmedabad on Monday.(Lucknow Super Giants Twitter)
Published on Nov 28, 2022 10:28 PM IST

Seven sixes in over of 43 runs, Ruturaj Gaikwad creates world record

Ruturaj Gaikwad hit a world record seven sixes in the 49th over of Maharashtra's Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-final against Uttar Pradesh in Ahmedabad, on Monday. In the process, Gaikwad also carried the bat and finished on an unbeaten 220, also a record in List A cricket.

Ruturaj Gaikwad entered history books by smashing 43 runs in an over(Twitter)
Published on Nov 28, 2022 02:31 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Latham, Williamson make light of India’s 306 in easy chase

Barring Umran and Washington, India bowlers look lacklustre after batters fail to consolidate in the middle overs

New Zealand's Tom Latham, left, and Kane Williamson walk off after their win over India in their one day international cricket match in Auckland(AP)
Published on Nov 25, 2022 08:15 PM IST
By, Kolkata

NZ series first step towards India's World Cup preparation

In the absence of big players, onus on Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Hooda to make their presence felt

India's focus will be on sorting out the final 15 for the 2023 World Cup as they begin their buildup towards the tournament(PTI)
Published on Nov 24, 2022 08:16 PM IST
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