Shiva Singh hogs the limelight with his 360-degree bowling run-up

Jose Verdugo
Noviembre 9, 2018

Bowlers try all sort of things to get an advantage, however narrow that may be, over batsmen including being ambidextrous, pausing in the middle of the bowling action etc.

Despite seeing his innovative 360-degree twirl style delivery banned mid-game, Singh still performed strongly for Uttar Pradesh, finishing the match with four wickets to his name.

The umpire immediately called a dead ball for distracting the batter, but Singh told ESPN CricInfo it was a genuine delivery and one he had used before without being called a dead ball.

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

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.

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"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. While the batsman seems perplexed, umpire Vinod Seshan declared it as a dead ball.

'I delivered this 360-degree ball (recently) against Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, where it was fine'. Batsman always goes for the reverse-sweep or the switch-hit against bowlers.

"Love this. We keep saying bowlers must bring new innovation".

Former English captain Michael Vaughan is a fan of Singh's action, tweeting he had "no issues at all" with how the rising star approaches the crease.

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