Indian bowler's unique action becomes the talk of the town

Indian bowler's unique action becomes the talk of the town

The incident has triggered debate online over whether the delivery should be legal.

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 ball pitched just wide of leg stump and the batsman blocked it out on the leg side.

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. "The umpires said dead ball, so I asked, "why are you calling it a dead ball?"

Singh later told ESPNCricinfo that he had bowled in the same manner in T20 and one-day competitions and that it had not resulted in dead balls being called.

Unless it is outlawed, Singh is expected to keep the delivery in his bowling repertoire.

But former England captain Michael Vaughan had a completely different take, saying he had no issues against the action. The match is being played at the Bengal Cricket Academy ground at Kalyani.

While some feel the run-up is irrelevant as long as the ball was released normally, others felt that the swirl was a deliberate attempt to distract the batsman.

Bedi was the epitome of a smooth and technically correct action of a left-arm spinner, and it was only natural that Shiva's 360-degree turn before delivering brought out this reaction from the spin legend: "Weirdo", he wrote in his tweet accompanying the video.

"Firstly, the Laws don't dictate what a bowler's run-up should look like".

'The intent of the reverse action (for batsmen) is different, ' he said.

"The law goes on to add that only if the 360-degree twirl should be part of the bowler's run-up for every delivery, then can the umpire step in to deem if the action was done to distract the batsman".

"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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