Shiva Singh’s delivery was declared a ‘dead ball’ by the umpire. Uttar Pradesh’s left-arm spinner tried to outsmart the batter with a 360-degree twirl during his run-up. The bowler’s action has sparked a debate amongst the cricket community.
The video of Shiva Singh’s bowling action went viral on social media. The Uttar Pradesh team protested the umpire’s decision. Some fans backed Singh for his unique action while others stated that his actions were not within the spirit of the game. Legendary Indian spinner, Bishan Singh Bedi, also entered the debate.
The delivery had a 360-degree twirl, which is not part of the bowler’s usual run-up. However, an umpire can rule it illegal if he/she believes the action was to distract the batter.