A 360 degree bowling action!

09 November, 2018, 21:47 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Shiva Singh delivers his unique delivery

The umpire immediately called a dead ball and it has been revealed his decision was based on the fact that Singh was deemed to be distracting the batsman in the act of delivering a ball.

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

Shiva has claimed that this was not the first time he had bowled the 360-degree style but it was the first time an umpire called it a dead ball.

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

Seshan called dead ball as soon as the delivery was bowled - before the batsman had played his shot - as he felt it was a deliberate attempt to distract him.

A young Indian spinner, Shiva Singh, made waves earlier this week after revealing a weird 360-degree bowling action. Singh, coming from around the wicket, ambled in before turning 360 to throw the ball.


Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Singh defended his action and said, "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?"

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.

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.

"The law only states if an offence is made to distract the batsman, rather than the batter actually getting distracted", it wrote in a blog.

- Award 5 Penalty runs to the opposing side.

The incident took place on the third day of a CK Nayudu Trophy match between Bengal and Uttar Pradesh in Kalyani.

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