UP left-arm spinner Shiva Singh grabbed eyeballs after delivering a unique 360-degree delivery during the CK Nayudu Trophy (India’s Under-23 domestic tournament). The incident occurred when Bengal was batting in their second innings. Singh, coming from around the wicket, ambled in before turning 360 to throw the ball. While the batsman seems perplexed, umpire Vinod Seshan declared it as a dead ball. However, what must be noted here is that bowler did not switch his bowling arm. In recent times, cricket has seen the rise of ambidextrous bowlers but this bowling action seems one of a kind.
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Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Singh defended his action and said, “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?”
“I delivered this 360-degree ball against Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, where it was fine. 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,” he concluded.
According to MCC’s clause 126.96.36.199, “either umpire shall call and signal dead ball when there is an instance or deliberate attempt to distract under either of the Laws 41.4 (Deliberate attempt to distract the striker) or 41.5 (Deliberate distraction, deception or obstruction of batsman). The ball shall not count as one of the over.”