Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Indian bowler's unique action becomes the talk of the town

Indian bowler's unique action becomes the talk of the town

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.

"I use different variations in one-dayers and T20s so I thought of doing the same because the Bengal batsmen were developing a partnership.The umpires said dead ball, so I asked "why are you calling it a dead ball?" This incident triggered a debate after the video of the match went viral.

The Marylebone Cricket Club, the sport's law keepers, have refrained from contesting umpire Vinod Seshan's decision to signal dead ball after Uttar Pradesh left-arm spinner Shiva Singh produced a 360 degree swirl as ran up to deliver a ball during his side's U-23 CK Nayudu Trophy clash against Bengal.

Singh later told ESPNCricinfo that he had bowled in the same manner in T20 and one-day competitions and that it had not resulted in dead balls being called.

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But former England captain Michael Vaughan posted saying he saw nothing wrong with delivery.

Based on the rules it can be concluded that if Singh chose to do a 360 pirouette on every delivery then it would be less likely to be considered a distraction to the batsmen. The match happened in Kalyani; and as soon as Shiva turned while switching the ball from his left to right and back to left hand delivering round the wicket, the umpire declared it a dead ball, even though the batsman defended seemingly unperturbed.

"Firstly, the Laws don't dictate what a bowler's run-up should look like".

"The law only states if an offence is made to distract the batsman, rather than the batter actually getting distracted". Batsman always go for the reverse-sweep or the switch-hit against bowlers. However, what must be noted here is that bowler did not switch his bowling arm.

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