Shiva Singh bowls with 360-degree turn and hogs limelight

Paola Ditto
Novembre 9, 2018

Shiva Singh, who plays for Uttar Pradesh, became an internet sensation when footage emerged of him twirling 360 degrees in his run-up in a recent match against Bengal in the CK Nayudu Trophy, an under-23 tournament for India's state teams. While the batsman seems perplexed, umpire Vinod Seshan declared it as a dead ball. The umpires had intervened when he tried to bowl with the 360-degree turn and called it a dead ball.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan was impressed while legendary India spinner Bishan Singh Bedi called Shiva "weirdo".

"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".

However, respected Australian umpire Simon Taufel had a different view to Singh.

"If you have to go that far to get a batsman out, then I think the game is going the wrong way", he said.

'One is necessary to play the shot, the other is not in order to maintain the same mode of delivery'.

- Summon the offending player's captain and issue a first and final warning which shall apply to all members of the team for the remainder of the match.

Another Twitter user Dave Noswothy agreed with Vaughan, but did question whether it was 'in the spirit of the game'.

Some cricket fans raised the comparison of batsmen's ability to switch-hit, changing their stance from right-handed to left-handed or vice-versa, without drawing the umpire's criticism.

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

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