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

A World Cup waiting for its Virat Kohli high

He wanted to lead India, instead we have a batter unshackled from a turbulent past and raring to score

India's Virat Kohli arrives at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Warm-up match against England(Anuwar Hazarika)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 10:36 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Ravichandran Ashwin's World Cup inclusion a nod to his ingenuity

Match-ups and batting averages barely scratch the surface of what Ravichandran Ashwin truly brings to the table

Ravichandran Ashwin knows he is up against fate.(Getty)
Published on Sep 29, 2023 04:17 PM IST
By, Kolkata

R Ashwin’s Cup inclusion a nod to his ingenuity

Match-ups and batting averages barely scratch the surface of what Ravichandran Ashwin truly brings to the table

Ashwin is set to play his third 50-overs World Cup after the veteran spinner was added in India’s 15-member squad. (AP file photo)
Updated on Sep 29, 2023 12:54 PM IST

ODI World Cup: Change is the name of the game

Batters and spinners have become more aggressive, and chasing hasn’t always worked

India's captain Rohit Sharma (L) and Sri Lanka's captain Dasun Shanaka shake hands after the toss (AFP)
Updated on Sep 25, 2023 08:02 AM IST
By, Kolkata

A World Cup without MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni's wicketkeeping was instinctive par excellence but more rewarding was the leadership that didn’t cost India a great batter

For the first time in 16 years, India will be without MS Dhoni at a 50-over World Cup.(Getty)
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 09:00 PM IST
By, Kolkata

World Cup: Do India have the home advantage?

They haven’t been unbeatable at home, and IPL has almost levelled the field. But 2011 reminds us that India can overcome such odds

India captain Rohit Sharma and teammates Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and KL Rahul(BCCI Twitter)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 07:20 AM IST

Can take a lot of positives from Asia Cup win: Rohit Sharma

India captain not counting out Ashwin, says Axar Patel might miss the first two ODIs of the Australia series

India captain Rohit Sharma receives the 'Champions' team award at the end of the Asia Cup 2023(AFP)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 06:54 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Super Siraj wrecks Sri Lanka, India become Asian champs

Mohammed Siraj's incredible performance of 6/21 helped India dismiss Sri Lanka for just 50 runs in the Asia Cup final. India then chased down the target in only 6.1 overs to win their eighth Asia Cup title. Siraj's performance was statistically significant, as it marked the third shortest ODI by balls bowled, India's biggest ODI win by deliveries remaining, and the fewest overs in which a team was bowled out in an ODI final.

The Indian team celebrates after clinching the Asia Cup. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 17, 2023 11:52 PM IST
BySomshuvra Laha, Kolkata

Bangladesh trip up India despite Shubman Gill ton

Hundred from opener, Axar Patel’s valiant 42 fail to prevent thrilling last-over defeat

India's Shubman Gill celebrates his century during their Super Fours match against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2023, at R.Premadasa Stadium, in Colombo(ANI )
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 06:37 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Asia Cup: Chance for India to get their slow game right

Sri Lanka exposed some frailties against spin that Bangladesh could exploit again in last Asia Cup Super Four match

India's Virat Kohli walks to pavilion after being dismissed during the Asia Cup cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo(AP)
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 08:17 AM IST

Rahul’s success like an entire exam aced

Hundred vs Pakistan, steely innings against Sri Lanka and decent show behind the stumps affirm his status as India’s first-choice wicketkeeper-batter for WC

India's KL Rahul plays a shot during the Super 4s match against Sri Lanka(BCCI Twitter)
Published on Sep 13, 2023 08:10 PM IST

Dunith Wellalage's heroics in vain as India enter Asia Cup final

Kuldeep takes four wickets in the 41-run win after Rohit Sharma hits fifty in the low-scoring match.

Sri Lanka's Dunith Wellalage (3R) shakes hands with India's Virat Kohli (R) at the end of the Asia Cup 2023 match(AFP)
Updated on Sep 13, 2023 08:23 AM IST
BySomshuvra Laha, Kolkata

Kuldeep, Rahul, Kohli run Pakistan ragged, India gain valuable World Cup insight

Tons by Kohli and Rahul and a five-wicket haul by Kuldeep in Colombo show things are finally coming together

India's Kuldeep Yadav celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's Faheem Ashraf during the Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan in Colombo(AP)
Updated on Sep 12, 2023 08:29 AM IST
By, Kolkata

IND vs PAK: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma shine before rain intervenes

With India on 147/2 in 24.1 overs when rain lashed the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, the match will resume on the reserve day

Rohit Sharma raises his bat as he completes his half-century(ANI )
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 06:27 AM IST
By, Kolkata

India gaining ground in the middle overs

Rohit and Co have maximised their returns but defending champions England are still better

India's Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya, left, encourage each other during the Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at Pallekele(AP)
Updated on Sep 08, 2023 08:04 AM IST

The point of picking Ishan Kishan

The left-handed batter is likely to ‘compete’ with KL Rahul for a middle-order spot, but his game may benefit India the most as an opener

India's Ishan Kishan waves his bat before the one day international Asia Cup cricket match between India and Nepal in Pallekele, Sri Lanka on Monday(AP)
Updated on Sep 07, 2023 08:06 AM IST
By, Kolkata

India go with Rahul, load squad with all-rounders

KL Rahul has been included in India's 15-man squad for the 2023 ODI World Cup, highlighting a brittleness in the squad. Rahul is expected to join the team in Sri Lanka after being cleared of an injury. Ishan Kishan retains his place as the second wicketkeeper. India's squad lacks an off-spinner, but the selectors believe they have the best balance with the players chosen. Teams can still make changes to their squads until September 28.

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Updated on Sep 06, 2023 12:19 AM IST
BySomshuvra Laha, Kolkata

World Cup picks show India relying on X-factors, rather than a core

The talent and the pedigree is there but it is accompanied by a sense of uncertainty

India's skipper Rohit Sharma along with Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli celebrate a wicket during their match against Nepal in the Asia Cup 2023, at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, in Kandy on Monday. (ANI Photo)
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Updated on Sep 06, 2023 08:07 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Asia Cup: Ishan, Hardik win a battle before rain intervenes

Both hit fifties and raise a big partnership after Pakistan pacers rattle the Indian top order, but weather forces the game to be abandoned at Pallekele

Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya put up 138 runs for the fifth wicket. (ICC Twitter)
Updated on Sep 03, 2023 07:56 AM IST

Asia Cup: Shaheen Afridi keeps rattling India's top like only he can

The Pakistan pace spearhead produced two magical deliveries to dismiss Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the Asia Cup tie at Pallekele on Saturday.

Pakistan's Shaheen Shah Afridi celebrates after taking the wicket of India's Hardik Pandya (not pictured) during the Asia Cup 2023 ODI match at Pallekele(AFP)
Updated on Sep 03, 2023 07:58 AM IST

The original No.4: India keep the faith in Shreyas Iyer

It’s not easy to return to World Cup contention from a career-threatening back injury but India are backing the 28-year-old to come good in Asia Cup litmus test

Indian cricketer Shreyas Iyer attends a training session(AP)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 08:21 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Pakistan’s steady rise to white-ball stability

Bowling has always been Pakistan’s forte but it isn't their only sustenance, especially in ODIs

Pakistan's Shaheen Shah Afridi (2R) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Nepal's captain Rohit Paudel (L) during the Asia Cup 2023(AFP)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 08:07 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Asia Cup: Once a continental showpiece, now a prep event

By acting as a warmup to ICC meets, the Asia Cup has at least ensured continuity.

India captain Rohit Sharma and Pakistan captain Babar Azam during last year's Asia Cup.(Pakistan Cricket Twitter)
Published on Aug 25, 2023 04:01 PM IST

Ireland T20s: A backup performance worthy of note

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rinku Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Ravi Bishnoi — there are already a few positives to glean from this short series

India's Rinku Singh receives his debut T20I cap from captain Jasprit Bumrah (BCCI Twitter)
Published on Aug 21, 2023 04:48 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Jasprit Bumrah lead India to series win over Ireland in 2nd T20

Opener’s fifty, vital contributions from Samson and Rinku help India to 185 before Balbirnie's brief resistance

Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah celebrates with teammates after a wicket of Ireland(PTI)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 07:46 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Bumrah's back, like he was never gone

Two wickets glean a neat display in first international appearance since last September.

India's skipper Jasprit Bumrah celebrates a wicket during the 1st T20I match against Ireland, at The Village, in Dublin on Friday(BCCI Twitter)
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 06:59 PM IST

Bumrah ready to return, ODI World Cup his big focus

Set to return to action in a T20I against Ireland on Friday, India fast bowler says he treated the rehab since his March surgery as off-season

(FILES) India's Jasprit Bumrah prepares to bowl in nets during a practice session.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 07:39 AM IST
By, Kolkata

The dying art of Test batting

The craft of batting long in Test matches, now considered unglamorous and arduous, has made way for a ‘hit out or get out’ variation

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Updated on Aug 05, 2023 07:50 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Weighing them right: The hundreds that truly matter

Top batters inevitably end up with 'record' centuries if they play long enough, but not all are as significant

Virat Kohli raises his bat as he celebrates his century(BCCI Twitter)
Updated on Jul 27, 2023 09:20 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Jasprit Bumrah is on the mend, but what’s the BCCI’s roadmap for him?

Handpicked Tests, some ODIs but all T20s, IPL or international, was more or less the trend from 2018. But the circumstances are more extenuating now

India pacer Jasprit Bumrah(Getty/File Photo)
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 10:22 PM IST
By, Kolkata
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