Shiva Singh bowls with 360-degree turn and hogs limelight

Rex Christensen
November 9, 2018

The incident has triggered debate online over whether the delivery should be legal.

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 freaky "360-degree swirl" delivery during a match against Bengal.

Surely left-arm spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi would have never attempted anything even remotely close to what Uttar Pradesh's Shiva Singh pulled off in the CK Nayudu Trophy match against Bengal a few days back. The ball pitched just wide of leg stump and the batsman blocked it out on the leg side. While the batsman seems perplexed, umpire Vinod Seshan declared it as a dead ball. "The umpires said dead ball, so I asked "why are you calling it a dead ball?" he added. No Issue at all with this", Michael Vaughan tweeted. "The umpires shall be the sole judges of fair and unfair play".

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Law No. 20.4.2.7 states that the ball is called dead when there is an instance of a deliberate attempt to distract under either of Laws 41.4 (Deliberate attempt to distract striker) or 41.5 (Deliberate distraction, deception or obstruction of batsman). "If either umpire considers an action, not covered by the Laws, to be unfair he/she shall intervene without appeal and, if the ball is in play, call and signal Dead ball".

"This is particularly so if there was no apparent advantage to be gained from the twirl, unlike, for example, the bowler varying the width of the release point or the length of his/her run-up, which are entirely lawful". Batsman always goes for the reverse-sweep or the switch-hit against bowlers.

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