Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
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U-23 bowler Shiva Singh's 360-degree turn hogs limelight

U-23 bowler Shiva Singh's 360-degree turn hogs limelight

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. But the uniqueness of the idea has seen the video go viral on social media where it has racked up a large number of views and shares.

Shiva rotated 360 degrees in his run-up just before the delivery during a domestic game in Kalyani in Kolkata.

The 19-year-old, an age-group worldwide, was playing in a domestic Under-23 league match, but his delivery was deemed a dead ball by the umpire.

In Uttar Pradesh's mach against Bengal in the CK Nayudu Trophy, the U-19 World Cup champion twirled unexpectedly before the delivery.

But former England captain Michael Vaughan had a completely different take, saying he had no issues against the action.


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.

But because he had only used it once - and it looked like a clear attempt to distract the striker - the umpire felt that it was the right time to implement the laws of the game.

The laws treat the bowler as a fielder. "Consequently, it was for the umpire to decide if he felt that the tactic was done as an attempt to distract the striker", the MCC laws department said in the post.

The switch hit has been in the game for years, and it is well within the legal rights of the batsman to use it. Under Law 21.1, the bowler must state his/her mode of delivery, which seems to have been left arm round the wicket in this case, but does not state how conventional the bowler's approach should be.

"If you were going to do it every ball, it might be a different story, but when it's a one-off, I think that makes it a bit too hard - I don't really think that's in the spirit of the game".

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