Monday, 10 December, 2018

Shiva Singh bowls with 360-degree turn and hogs limelight

Shiva Singh delivers his unique delivery Shiva Singh delivers his unique delivery
Cary Erickson | 09 November, 2018, 21:46

The 50-second video went viral after India's greatest left-arm spinner Bishan Bedi tweeted it and termed it "weird".

The batsman defended the ball with relative ease but umpire Vinod Seshan immediately deemed the delivery to be a "dead ball".

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.

Shiva has claimed that this was not the first time he had bowled in the 360-degree style but it was definitely the first time that umpire called it a dead ball. The latest in the list is Shiva Singh, a left-arm U23 spinner from Uttar Pradesh, who though hasn't made his global debut but has made headlines beyond the borders. "The umpires said dead ball, so I asked, "why are you calling it a dead ball?"

In Uttar Pradesh's mach against Bengal in the CK Nayudu Trophy, the U-19 World Cup champion twirled unexpectedly before the delivery.

There are two laws according to which an umpire can call a ball dead.

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But former England captain Michael Vaughan had a completely different take, saying he had no issues against the action.

But Law 41.4 says that is is unfair for any fielder to deliberately distract the striker when the bowler is running into bowl.

Just prior to delivery as he completed his run-up, Singh turned a full 360 degrees, before releasing the ball with his left arm to the right-handed batsman.

The MCC stated that the offence is an "attempt to distract the striker", rather than the striker "actually being distracted".

There were discussions on social media that if a batsman is allowed to switch hit why can't a bowler be allowed a variation such as 360 degree rotation on delivery stride. "But when bowlers do something like this it's deemed a dead ball", Shiva mentioned.