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


The latest in the list is Shiva Singh, a left-arm U23 spinner from Uttar Pradesh, who though hasn't made his worldwide debut but has made headlines beyond the borders.

"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?"

The incident has sparked debate on social media with numerous people giving their take on the delivery in question.

He was playing against Bengal in the CK Nayudu Trophy - a four-day domestic tournament for under-23s - when he ran in to bowl.

However, even before Shiva had completed his delivery, umpire Vinod Seshan signalled dead ball, much to the frustration of the bowler.

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. "No Issue at all with this", Michael Vaughan tweeted.

The MCC, the custodian of the rules of cricket, weighed in with a post on its laws blog, referring to rule 41 which deals with unfair play.

"This is particularly so if there was no apparent advantage to be gained from the twirl, unlike, for example, the bowler varying the width of the release point or the length of his/her run-up, which are entirely lawful".

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 law only states if an offence is made to distract the batsman, rather than the batter actually getting distracted".

It concluded that it was "for the umpire to decide if he felt that the tactic was done as an attempt to distract the striker".

Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar was pleasantly surprised by Shiva's action and terming him a "360 degree bowler", he said this is something he is seeing for the first time.

"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".