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

'Asian Cup outing an eye opener for us'

Relief, not ecstasy, filled Gouramangi Singh after he made it 1-1 against Bahrain in the Asian Cup, a match India lost 2-5.
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Updated on Jan 29, 2011 11:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Test of superiority for EB

Churchill Brothers pose a two-pronged challenge to East Bengal who till now, have had their way, ambling towards the I-League summit riding assured strikes from Tolgay Ozbey to easy but increasingly uncanny 1-0 victories. Dogged defending from the lower tier teams has prevented East Bengal from going ballistic, feels Englishman coach Trevor James Morgan.
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Updated on Jan 28, 2011 11:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Chidi brace hands AIFF XI 0-2 defeat

Foreign imports made the difference in a match where the future India team showed glimpses of improved maturity but not enough tenacity. Somshuvra Laha reports.
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Updated on Jan 23, 2011 10:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Strong EB face off HAL

Trevor James Morgan insists he will take it one match at a time. Top of the table with a five-point lead over second-placed Salgaocar with only three ties - all at home - to go till the half-way stage of I-League 4, East Bengal face HAL in probably one of the easier encounters before taking on the prolific Churchill Brothers and a rejuvenated Mohun Bagan.
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Updated on Jan 21, 2011 11:21 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Adding to Asia’s growing profile

Iraq's triumph transported the Asian Cup from being a continental football tournament to a world event, underscoring sport's ability to unite a fractured, war-ravaged country.
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Updated on Jan 06, 2011 11:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

East Bengal hit Air India for a six

A loss was probably on the cards, not a rout. But so fine-tuned is the present East Bengal outfit that it wouldn't harm warming up to predictions of similar decimations in future. Browbeaten Air India coach Yusuf Ansari made no bones about the fact that table toppers East Bengal are top contenders for I-League 4 while Englishman Trevor James Morgan was happy as long as his team wins. Somshuvra Laha reports.
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Updated on Dec 29, 2010 11:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Next, EB face Mumbai nemesis

The disenchantment stemming from lack of a proper home base rides high among the Mumbai teams this I-League. Literally on the road ever since the fourth edition kicked off, the teams, however, prefer Kolkata as an away venue. "It takes us just two hours to come here from Mumbai but if we have to play our home matches in Kolhapur, it takes more than eight hours by bus," said Air India coach Yusuf Ansari. Somshuvra Laha reports.
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Updated on Dec 28, 2010 11:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

East Bengal hand 4-0 lesson to young AIFF XI

East Bengal delivered a sobering lesson alright, but not before they were pushed to the back foot for a considerable time by the future of Indian football.
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Updated on Dec 12, 2010 11:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

AIFF XI braced for East Bengal experience

The team from the Capital will have a tough time against the Kolkata giants.
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Updated on Dec 12, 2010 12:23 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Bulpin's boys ready to take on the men

"Be realistic. Give these kids some time and I'm sure they can turn it around," said Desmond Bulpin, head coach of the AIFF XI, a squad of teens and slightly beyond readying to be the GenNext of Indian football.
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Updated on Dec 03, 2010 12:21 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Globe-trotter Gollings warms up for elusive gold medal

For globetrotting England rugby 7s skipper Ben Gollings, the Commonwealth Games was never meant to be a whistle-stop journey, unlike most of his other assignments. Know Ben
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Updated on Oct 12, 2010 02:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Diving: Canada win 2 golds

Canada, led by former world champion Alexandre Despatie, won two of the three diving medals on offer on Sunday.
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Updated on Oct 11, 2010 12:10 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Australia rule on day of records

Australian swimmers wound up their business in true professional style at the Games, winning four gold on Saturday to take their overall gold tally to 16 out of a possible 40. The diving event starts from Sunday.
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Updated on Oct 10, 2010 01:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Dirty toilet and leakage at swimming complex

It seems the media was not exaggerating when it came to describing the hygiene and health measures adopted by the Organising Committee as 'poor'. After Saturday's last events in swimming had been wrapped up at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Swimming Complex, a visit to the toilet at the technical officials’ area left a nauseating feeling.
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Updated on Oct 10, 2010 12:41 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Why should boys have all the fun, ask Oz girls

It's no secret but rarely do we admit — men still have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to winning medals. For women have a clear edge in this department.
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Updated on Oct 09, 2010 02:27 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Kukla youngest champ

Australian teenager Yolane Kukla made history on Friday when she became the youngest person to win a Commonwealth Games swimming gold since 2000.
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Updated on Oct 09, 2010 02:00 AM IST
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Mermaids captivate minds, the synchronised way

Sisters-in-arms or water nymphs, call them whatever you want, you just can't keep your eyes off them. They stand out, not because of their glittering bodysuits or vivid make-up, but for the finesse they bring to an arena where power and agility usually have the upper hand. Somshuvra Laha reports
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Updated on Oct 08, 2010 01:15 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Aussies pull out due to delhi belly

Two Australian swimmers pulled out of competition and South Africa topped Thursday’s honours, winning two out of five gold on offer. Australia, England and Canada won a gold apiece. Somshuvra Laha reports
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Updated on Oct 08, 2010 12:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Richa braves turmoil to better mark

Comebacks aren't easy, especially when an athlete is indicted of the gravest offence in sports just a month ago. But trust Richa Mishra to overcome all odds. Somshuvra Laha reports
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Updated on Oct 07, 2010 12:34 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Australians rule the pool, bag three gold

Australia took charge of proceedings at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Aquatics Complex, winning three of the five gold on offer and breaking two Commonwealth Games records in the process.
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Updated on Oct 05, 2010 12:38 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Showtime

India, Pakistan get the loudest cheer as children weave magic at a spectacular opening ceremony in the Capital, reports Somshuvra Laha.
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Updated on Oct 04, 2010 12:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Sex can wait, athletes eager to play

This Commonwealth Games, the athletes just want to focus on their performance. Further queries did prompt candid admissions that sex wasn't going to be totally overlooked, but it can definitely wait. Somshuvra Laha reports.
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Updated on Oct 03, 2010 07:25 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

11 nations for whom Games are everything

At a time when the concept of the Commonwealth and the logic of holding a ‘Commonwealth Games’ is often questioned, spare a thought for Falkland Islands or Gibraltar which, along with nine other nations, have no international arena but this in which to showcase their sporting skills. All 11 countries are barred from participating in the Olympics. Somshuvra Laha reports.
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Updated on Oct 02, 2010 01:33 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Games’ misery a boon for bookmakers

And you thought bookmakers were only interested in cricket, football or the Derby stakes at Epsom Downs. Think again. Even the CWG are a betting novelty, according to William Hill, one of the largest bookmakers in the United Kingdom, reports Somshuvra Laha.
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Updated on Sep 27, 2010 11:10 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Bengal beat Punjab to lift Santosh Trophy

Bengal broke their 11-year jinx to lift the Santosh Trophy for a record 30th time on Sunday after defeating Punjab with Kannur lad Denson Devdas stricking twice to give the hosts the most cherished symbol of national dominance. Somshuvra Laha reports.
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Updated on Aug 08, 2010 11:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Punjab & Bengal to play for pride

On the threshold of redeeming pride, Bengal are a drained lot. Injuries and the wear and tear of four games in eight days have taken a big toll on Shabbir Ali's boys. But only one game away from regaining what Bengal once rightfully considered theirs, they will want to throw everything at Punjab in Sunday's Santosh Trophy final.
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Updated on Aug 08, 2010 01:00 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Bengal win thriller, to meet Punjab in final

Even if nobody acknowledges, Shabbir Ali knows 'poaching' Robin Singh was one laudable move. For hadn't it been for the Noida lad's snap left-footer in the dying minutes, Bengal would have sunk without a trace against old rivals Goa.
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Updated on Aug 07, 2010 12:20 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

In-form Goa ready for Bengal

Mariano Gomes' Goa have been in ruthless form here. On a high after packing off Services 4-0 in their last quarter-final league match, the defending champions have hardly put a foot wrong. But what's troubling Gomes most is the experience in the Bengal midfield. Somshuvra Laha reports.
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Updated on Aug 06, 2010 12:04 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Remembering the famous Bagan XI who dared & won

On Thursday, Mohun Bagan went back in time, 99 years to the day of their most memorable achievement. The club released a first-day cover of the players who became the first Indian winners of the IFA Shield and felicitated their families.
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Updated on Jul 30, 2010 01:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Noida lad has Delhi in his cross-hairs

Robin Singh caught the eye of club scouts last September when his last-gasp goal for Tata Football Academy (TFA) knocked the air out of East Bengal, handing them a crushing 1-3 defeat and their fastest exit in IFA Shield history.
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Updated on Jul 30, 2010 12:42 AM IST
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