A promising cricketer has the sport in a spin after producing a very innovative delivery when bowling in a domestic competition.
Shiva Singh, who plays for Uttar Pradesh, became an internet sensation when footage emerged of him twirling 360 degrees in his run-up in a recent match against Bengal in the CK Nayudu Trophy, an under-23 tournament for India’s state teams.
On-field umpire Vinod Seshan instantly called a dead call, much to the bemusement of the left-arm spinner, who earlier this year was a member of the Indian squad who won the under-19 World Cup.
Shiva Singh in the middle of his 360 twirl before delivering the ball – the umpire declared it a dead ball, much to the bemusement of the bowler
Post-game, Singh revealed it was not the first time he had bowled the delivery in a competitive match – but it was the first time he had been nabbed by an official for a dead ball.
Singh then compared his bowling action to being no different to when batsmen reverse sweep deliveries at the crease.
‘I use different variations in one-dayers and T20s games, so I thought of doing the same because the (Bengal) batsmen were developing a partnership,’ Shiva told ESPN Cricinfo.
‘I delivered this 360-degree ball (recently) against Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, where it was fine.’
However, respected Australian umpire Simon Taufel had a different view to Singh.
Cricketer Shiva Singh (pictured) created headlines following his very unusual bowling action where he performs a 360 twirl before delivering the ball
Shiva Singh (pictured) is the talk of the cricketing world due to his unusual bowling action, where he performs a 360 on the run before releasing the ball
‘The intent of the reverse action (for batsmen) is different,’ he said.
‘One is necessary to play the shot, the other is not in order to maintain the same mode of delivery.’
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.
Rules of cricket when it comes to the action of a bowler
*The laws of the game state if an offence is made to distract the batsman, rather than the batter actually getting distracted, the delivery should be deemed legal
*The on-field umpire has to decide if he felt the action was done in order to distract the batsman
*If the 360-degree twirl are not part of the bowler’s run-up for every delivery, then the umpire can step in and call a dead ball if he deemed the action was carried out to deliberately distract the batsman
Source: Marylebone Cricket Club (who run the game’s international laws)