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 bizarre ‘360-degree swirl’ delivery during a match against Bengal.
The left-arm orthodox spinner who was bowling from around the wicket was nearing the popping crease during his run-up and then spun around a full 360 degrees before delivering the ball.
The batsman defended the ball with relative ease but umpire Vinod Seshan immediately deemed the delivery to be a ‘dead ball’.
Shiva told ESPNcricinfo that this was not the first time he had used the spin move. "I delivered this 360-degree ball against Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, where it was fine. 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,” he 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," Shiva said. "The umpires said dead ball, so I asked "why are you calling it a dead ball?” he added.
The incident has sparked debate on social media with numerous people giving their take on the delivery in question. While some feel the run-up is irrelevant as long as the ball was released normally, others felt that the swirl was a deliberate attempt to distract the batsman and hence should not be allowed.
What about switch hits, reverse sweeps and other fancy shots.. Why can't the bowler also perform some antics as far as the delivery is bowled legally.— KP (@KunalHasArrived) November 7, 2018
Bowler turning 360 degrees in his run-up is a sure distraction to the batsman. The umpire was right in declaring it a dead ball.— Dinesh Bajaj (@justaname99) November 7, 2018
The ICC rules on unfair actions state:
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.
The bowler’s end umpire shall:
If this is a first offence by that side:
- Summon the offending player’s captain and issue a first and final warning which shall apply to all members of the team for the remainder of the match.
- Warn the offending player’s captain that any further such offence by any member of his/her team shall result in the award of 5 Penalty runs to the opposing team.
If this is a second or subsequent offence by that side
- Award 5 Penalty runs to the opposing side.