Dead-Balling Shiva Singh’s 360 Delivery Curbs Bowlers’ Innovation

Watch: Left-arm spinner Shiva Singh's 360-degree turn that left Bishan Singh Bedi stunned

WATCH: Umpire calls dead ball on UP spinner’s unique 360-degree action

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

He was playing against Bengal in the CK Nayudu Trophy - a four-day domestic tournament for under-23s - when he ran in to bowl.

If an umpire considers that any action by a player, not covered in the Laws, is unfair, he/she shall call and signal Dead ball, if appropriate, as soon as it becomes clear that the call will not disadvantage the non-offending side, and report the matter to the other umpire.

But the laws of the game state that umpire Vinod Seshan was right to call the ball dead after the 360-turn, despite the fielders' protests.

The match was halted briefly as the umpire explained to Shiva why the delivery, as per the MCC's Laws, is illegal.

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 19-year-old, an age-group global, was playing in a domestic Under-23 league match, but his delivery was deemed a dead ball by the umpire. "No Issue at all with this", Michael Vaughan tweeted.

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

"The law states that the offence is the attempt to distract the batsman, rather than the striker actually being distracted".

"Batsman always go for the reverse-sweep or the switch-hit against bowlers, but when bowlers do something like this it's deemed a dead ball".

Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar was pleasantly surprised by Shiva's action and terming him a "360 degree bowler", he said this is something he is seeing for the first time. "But when bowlers do something like this it's deemed a dead ball", Shiva was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

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