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Dead-Balling Shiva Singh’s 360 Delivery Curbs Bowlers’ Innovation

Dead-Balling Shiva Singh’s 360 Delivery Curbs Bowlers’ Innovation

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.

The batsman defended the ball with relative ease but umpire Vinod Seshan immediately deemed the delivery to be a "dead ball".

However, some fans were left scratching their heads over the exact rule and whether or not Shiva Singh's delivery was fair or not.

Uttar Pradesh's young left arm spinner Shiva Singh's unconventional delivery stride with a 360-degree rotation during a CK Nayudu Trophy match against Bengal was called a dead ball by the umpires but his freakish move did generate a lot of discussion.

Shiva Singh did a full 360 degree twirl in his run-up, just before his delivery during a match between Bengal and Uttar Pradesh in Kalyani.

'I delivered this 360-degree ball against Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, where it was fine.

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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.

If Singh used the 360-turn every time he ran up to bowl, then it would be considered a legal delivery as it would not be an attempt at distraction.

Surely left-arm spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi would have never attempted anything even remotely close to what Uttar Pradesh's Shiva Singh pulled off in the CK Nayudu Trophy match against Bengal a few days back. The umpires said dead ball, so I asked 'why are you calling it a dead ball?'

But former England captain Michael Vaughan posted saying he saw nothing wrong with delivery.

"The law only states if an offence is made to distract the batsman, rather than the batter actually getting distracted", it wrote in a blog. However, what must be noted here is that bowler did not switch his bowling arm. Batsmen always go for the reverse-sweep or the switch-hit against bowlers.