Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Shiva Singh bowls with 360-degree turn and hogs limelight

Shiva Singh bowls with 360-degree turn and hogs limelight

Left-arm spinner Shiva Singh who was representing Uttar Pradesh in the under-23 CK Nayudu Trophy has opened a new debate after bowling a freakish "360-degree swirl" delivery during a match against Bengal.

Following a consultation, the umpires then informed Singh and his captain that they would continue calling his deliveries dead balls if he adopted that action.

The incident has sparked debate on social media with numerous people giving their take on the delivery in question.

The umpire waved his arms in the air immediately to signal a dead ball, much to the shock of Singh. Singh, coming from around the wicket, ambled in before turning 360 to throw the ball.

Shiva Singh is in the news for his unmatched bowling action, and it is about "spinning" himself 360 degrees just before his delivery.

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Some cricket fans raised the comparison of batsmen's ability to switch-hit, changing their stance from right-handed to left-handed or vice-versa, without drawing the umpire's criticism.

But to the frustration of the bowler and other Uttar Pradesh players, umpire Vinod Seshan signalled "dead ball".

The MCC, the custodian of the rules of cricket, weighed in with a post on its laws blog, referring to rule 41 which deals with unfair play. "But when bowlers do something like this it's deemed a dead ball", he was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. "No Issue at all with this", Michael Vaughan tweeted. "The ball shall not count as one of the over".

But because he had only used it once - and it looked like a clear attempt to distract the striker - the umpire felt that it was the right time to implement the laws of the game.

"Unless the 360-degree twirl was part of the bowler's run-up for every ball, the umpire may need to consider whether he/she feels that the twirl was done in an attempt to distract the batsman in some way".

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