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

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

A young Indian spinner, Shiva Singh, made waves earlier this week after revealing a freaky 360-degree bowling action.

'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.

Just prior to delivery as he completed his run-up, Singh turned a full 360 degrees, before releasing the ball with his left arm to the right-handed batsman.

The Marylebone Cricket Club, the sport's law keepers, have refrained from contesting umpire Vinod Seshan's decision to signal dead ball after Uttar Pradesh left-arm spinner Shiva Singh produced a 360 degree swirl as ran up to deliver a ball during his side's U-23 CK Nayudu Trophy clash against Bengal.

The 19-year-old, an age-group global, was playing in a domestic Under-23 league match, but his delivery was deemed a dead ball by the umpire. The match is being played at the Bengal Cricket Academy ground at Kalyani.




But former England captain Michael Vaughan posted saying he saw nothing wrong with delivery. As soon as the ball is bowled, the on-field umpired declared it as a dead ball.

The laws state that the bowler must tell the umpire their mode of delivery before the ball is bowled, which Singh did.

The MCC stated that the offence is an "attempt to distract the striker", rather than the striker "actually being distracted".

"Firstly, the Laws don't dictate what a bowler's run-up should look like". Batsman always go for the reverse-sweep or the switch-hit against bowlers.

"Unless the 360-degree twirl was part of the bowler's run-up for every ball, the umpire may need to consider whether he/she feels that the twirl was done in an attempt to distract the batsman in some way. But when bowlers do something like this it's deemed a dead ball", Shiva mentioned.