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

Ruben Hill
November 9, 2018

Shiva Singh was playing an under-23 match for Uttar Pradesh when he performed a 360-degree pirouette before bowling a ball.

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. The match happened in Kalyani; and as soon as Shiva turned while switching the ball from his left to right and back to left hand delivering round the wicket, the umpire declared it a dead ball, even though the batsman defended seemingly unperturbed.

Shiva Singh delivers his unique delivery.

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.

'I delivered this 360-degree ball (recently) against Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, where it was fine'.

The argument for and against the technique comes with interpretation of the game's law, which states; "Either umpire shall call and signal Dead ball when ... there is an instance of a deliberate attempt to distract under either of Laws 41.4 (Deliberate attempt to distract striker) or 41.5 (Deliberate distraction, deception or obstruction of batsman)". The umpires had intervened when he tried to bowl with the 360-degree turn and called it a dead ball.

Paige Cordona asked - 'if batsmen can reverse sweep, what's stopping a bowler from doing that?

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

"Weirdo.! Have a close look.!"

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