Uttar Pradesh spinner Shiva Singh has earned himself the headlines with his peculiar bowling action in a four day encounter between Bengal and Uttar Pradesh at Kalyani in the CK Nayudu Trophy, a four-day domestic tournament for India’s Under-23 state teams. Shiva, who was a part of the India U-19 side for the World Cup earlier in the year, turned around 360 degrees in his run up before delivering the ball.
Umpire Vinod Seshan promptly declared it as a dead ball, which did not go down well with bowler and the UP fielders who started an argument with the umpire. They were evidently unhappy with the decision as the batsman did not face any difficulty in defending the ball. The game came to a brief halt as umpire Seshan went to have a brief discussion with his partner Ravi Shankar before warning Shiva and the UP skipper that any repeat of the same would result in him declaring all the deliveries as dead balls.
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Shiva later claimed that he had bowled with the same action against Kerela in the Vijay Hazare Trophy last month and it wasn’t called a dead ball. The left armer also claimed that rules should be same for both batsmen and bowlers and suggested that when batsmen were allowed to play shots like the reverse sweep and the switch hit, bowlers should also be allowed with the same kind of creativity.
“I delivered this 360-degree ball against Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, where it was fine. Batsman always go for the reverse-sweep or the switch-hit against bowlers. But when bowlers do something like this it’s deemed a dead ball.”
“The umpires shall be the sole judges of fair and unfair play. If either umpire considers an action, not covered by the Laws, to be unfair he/she shall intervene without appeal and, if the ball is in play, call and signal Dead ball.”
Despite huge difference in opinions created as a result of the incident, umpire Vinod Seshan found support from former Elite Panel umpire, Simon Taufel, who beautifully pointed out a difference in intent between the bowler bowling with the 360 degree action and a batsman playing a reverse sweep or a switch hit.
“The intent of the reverse action is different. One is necessary to play the shot, the other is not in order to maintain the same mode of delivery,”Taufel told cricketnext.
“The umpire is entitled to call and signal dead ball under Law 22.214.171.124 (unfair play) or 126.96.36.199 (deliberate attempt to distract/deceive/obstruct). It’s up to the umpire but one would have to ask why the bowler did this and have to assume the only reason would be to distract or put the striker off. Doesn’t seem right or fair to me. If it is his normal bowling action then maybe a different outcome,” Taufel added.