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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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A rare early Cup exit: Does it point to larger issues in New Zealand cricket?

With Kane Williamson’s genius fading and Boult-Southee on the last legs of their career, eliminated New Zealand are at the crossroads

The 33-year-old Kane Williamson is quietly fading into an unremarkable last leg of a white-ball career where he features more on the IPL benches before stuttering in the World Cup just after it.(PTI)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 11:48 PM IST

Rutherford special takes West Indies to Super 8

Hits 37 in last two overs before Joseph, Motie share seven wickets to help WI defeat NZ for the first time in an ICC event since 1999

West Indies' Sherfane Rutherford bats during the men's T20 World Cup cricket match between the West Indies and New Zealand at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy(PTI)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 06:38 PM IST

Unchecked: A disconcerting Asian freefall at T20 World Cup

Inability to play smart cricket has resulted in widening gap between India and Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka at ICC events

Litton Das of Bangladesh makes his way off after being dismissed vs South Africa(Getty Images via AFP)
Published on Jun 11, 2024 02:44 PM IST

South Africa clinch last-ball thriller against Bangladesh

In yet another low-scoring game in New York, Bangladesh stumble to 109/7 while chasing 114.

South Africa beat Bangladesh by 4 runs in a thriller.(AP)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 05:01 AM IST

Five Bumrah spells that changed the game

The Indian pacer's match-winning figures of 3/14 against Pakistan once again proved why he is simply in a different class

Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the dismissal of Pakistan's captain Babar Azam.
Updated on Jun 10, 2024 01:30 PM IST

T20 World Cup: Living on the edge, Rishabh Pant style

On a day no other Indian crossed 20, Pant showed why he is such an asset at No. 3 with an innings-redeeming 31-ball 42.

India's Rishabh Pant in action during the Group A match against Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on Sunday.(ANI)
Published on Jun 10, 2024 01:12 AM IST

T20 World Cup: Even the curator is confused about the New York pitch, says Rohit

The India captain also indicated that Rishabh Pant might continue at No. 3 in Sunday’s clash against Pakistan

India captain Rohit Sharma addresses a press conference ahead of the Group A match against Pakistan in the ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2024(ANI )
Updated on Jun 09, 2024 06:22 AM IST

T20 WC: India must be wary of the Mohammad Amir threat

No left-arm fast bowler has a better economy and average against India than the Pakistan pacer

Pakistan's Mohammad Amir misses hitting the wickets during the ICC men's Twenty20 World Cup 2024 group A cricket match between the USA and Pakistan at the Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium in Grand Prairie(AFP)
Published on Jun 08, 2024 05:54 PM IST

T20 World Cup 2024: Calm Mahmudullah gives Bangladesh two-wicket win over Lanka

With two losses in the league phase now, Sri Lanka are almost out of the T20 World Cup

Bangladesh's Tanzim Hasan and teammate Mahmudullah, left, react following the men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at Grand Prairie Stadium, Grand Prairie, Texas, Friday, June 7(PTI)
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 12:28 PM IST
By, Kolkata

India held to goalless draw in Chhetri’s farewell match

India’s World Cup qualifying chances dealt a body blow with draw against Kuwait

Sunil Chhetri being hugged by coach Igor Stimac on his farewell match.(PTI)
Published on Jun 06, 2024 10:15 PM IST
By, Kolkata

All-round Stoinis stars in 39-run win for Australia

Australia overcome slow start riding allrounder’s 36-ball 67 and 3/19 to defeat Oman

Australia's Marcus Stoinis hits a six during the men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Australia and Oman at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados(PTI)
Published on Jun 06, 2024 08:05 PM IST

Tried to convince Rahul Dravid to stay: Rohit Sharma

They haven’t won an ICC trophy but the India skipper swears by the direction Dravid as coach has helped the team take

India's captain Rohit Sharma with head coach Rahul Dravid during a practice session (PTI)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 11:46 PM IST

T20 World Cup: Afghanistan give Uganda a reality check

Openers add 154 before Fazalhaq Farooqi takes maiden five-wicket haul to inflict 125-run thrashing in Providence

Afghanistan's Fazalhaq Farooqi, left, celebrates with a teammate after taking the wicket of Uganda's Ronak Patel during an ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match at Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana(AP)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 11:29 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Virat Kohli and sixes, a World Cup bond waiting to be forged

Hitting 38 sixes in this year’s IPL has set him up for a potential encore at what could be Virat Kohli’s final World Cup.

Kohli can be old-fashioned at times(ANI)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 05:55 AM IST
By, Kolkata

T20 World Cup: Aaron Jones lives an American dream

Hits 40-ball 94* on debut in huge T20 World Cup win against Canada to give Barbados a unique distinction of representations in WI, England, and now, the USA.

USA's vice-captain Aaron Jones celebrates winning the ICC men's Twenty20 World Cup 2024 group A cricket match(AFP)
Published on Jun 02, 2024 08:59 PM IST
By, Kolkata

T20 World Cup schedule is a bit of a googly

The formatting doesn’t really do justice to the paying public seeking a sense of thrill in the overall competition

Broadcasters having a major say in the scheduling of an ICC tournament is a given these days but this time the ICC has really left no stone unturned.(Photo- ICC website)
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 05:38 AM IST

T20 World Cup: Change is the name of the game

Be it batting or bowling, strategies have never stopped evolving and the same can be expected this time too.

Australia's Mitchell Marsh celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the ICC Men's T20 World Cup(REUTERS)
Updated on May 30, 2024 08:42 PM IST
By, Kolkata

IPL 2024: Bowling supremacy the key to KKR’s title run

Five bowlers taking at least 15 wickets highlights KKR’s clarity of thought in a season dominated by batters

Kolkata Knight Riders' Mitchell Starc runs to bowl during the IPL 2024 final.(AFP)
Updated on May 28, 2024 07:22 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Served hot: A Texan nightmare to Bangladesh

Two consecutive wins for USA adds heft to call for more opportunities to associates

Still from the T20I series between USA and Bangladesh(X/BCBTigers)
Published on May 24, 2024 09:12 PM IST

IPL’s emerging stars: Abishek Porel, a rare success story from West Bengal

Be it batting at No.9 or opening as an impact player, Porel has shown heart to survive and thrive in the IPL

Delhi Capitals batter Abishek Porel celebrates his half-century against Rajasthan Royals during the IPL match in New Delhi on May 7. (PTI Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2024 07:49 AM IST
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IPL's final four were not tied down by past baggage

Unshackled leadership on and off the field has worked wonders for KKR, SRH, RR and RCB

Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals and Faf du Plessis qualified for the playoffs.
Published on May 20, 2024 10:35 PM IST

Abhishek propels SRH before rain spoils Royals' hopes of top-2 finish

Hits 28-ball 66 as Sunrisers chase down record 215 against Punjab Kings; rain in Guwahati forces RR and table toppers KKR to split points

Sunrisers Hyderabad's Abhishek Sharma plays a shot during the match against Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League 2024(ANI)
Published on May 20, 2024 12:34 AM IST

IPL’s emerging stars: Riyan Parag’s coming of age season

Rajasthan Royals’ Parag has maximised his promotion to No.4, making this his best IPL season

Rajasthan Royals’ batter Riyan Parag (AFP Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2024 11:08 AM IST
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Recalibrated Harshal Patel finds his best form again

Mastering the dipping slower ball has helped Harshal Patel stay ahead of Jasprit Bumrah in this IPL

Dharamshala: Punjab Kings bowler Harshal Patel appeals for the wicket of Chennai Super Kings batter Daryl Mitchell during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024(PTI)
Published on May 16, 2024 06:46 PM IST

Stalling it: Royals crash to fourth consecutive defeat

Calm fifty from Sam Curran seals five-wicket win for Punjab Kings after Royals batting fail miserably again

Guwahati: Punjab Kings' captain Sam Curran and Ashutosh Sharma celebrate after winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 T20 cricket match between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Punjab Kings (PBKS)(PTI)
Published on May 16, 2024 12:14 AM IST

IPL's emerging stars: Harshit Rana's walking the talk

Once a nets bowler at Gujarat Titans, Harshit now is KKR’s pace mainstay with a strike rate better than Jasprit Bumrah

Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Harshit Rana(PTI)
Published on May 15, 2024 09:27 AM IST

IPL’s emerging stars: Harshit Rana’s walking the talk

Ability to crank up the speed to the 140s was the first box ticked for Harshit, with the 6’2 height acting as a great facilitator of shorter length deliveries

Kolkata Knight Riders' Harshit Rana celebrates a wicket during the match against Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 11. (PTI Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2024 07:54 AM IST
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How long can India stay away from split coaching?

It’s an increasing reality of the times that the BCCI hasn’t quite warmed up to despite a wealth of Indian coaches

Rahul Dravid's current tenure as India's head coach will end after T20 World Cup.(PTI)
Published on May 13, 2024 09:48 PM IST

IPL 2024: Virat Kohli unveils a braver side to opening

Climbing to his highest IPL strike rate in 17 seasons, Kohli offers an alternate World Cup strategy

Royal Challengers Bengaluru's Virat Kohli plays a shot during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bengaluru at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium(AFP)
Published on May 10, 2024 03:54 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Virat Kohli sets up massive win for RCB, knocks PBKS out of IPL 2024

Virat Kohli hit 92 off 47 before brilliantly running out Punjab Kings’ Shashank Singh to keep RCB in playoffs hunts.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru's Virat Kohli celebrates(ANI)
Updated on May 10, 2024 06:00 AM IST
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