Shiva Singh bowls with 360-degree turn and hogs limelight

Shiva Singh delivers his unique delivery

Shiva Singh delivers his unique delivery

Law 41.4.2 reads: If either umpire considers that any action by a fielder is such an attempt, he/she shall immediately call and signal Dead ball and inform the other umpire of the reason for the call.

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.

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

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

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.

"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.

Shiva rotated 360 degrees in his run-up just before the delivery during a domestic game in Kalyani in Kolkata.

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?"

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. "But when bowlers do something like this it's deemed a dead ball", he concluded.

Seshan should also have awarded five penalty runs to the batting side, although it is not clear from the video if he did that.

"The umpire in this example felt that Law 41.4 had been breached".

Singh's Uttar Pradesh team ended up beating Bengal in the four day game, with the spinner claiming four wickets despite the dead ball call.

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