Shiva Singh, an Indian under-23 player has sent the cricketing world crazy with a stunning innovation in a domestic competition.
Playing for Uttar Pradesh against Bengal in the CK Nayudu Trophy, Shiva pulled out the new ball, turning 360 degrees before delivering the ball.
The batsman defended the ball with relative ease but umpire Vinod Seshan immediately deemed the delivery to be a ‘dead ball’.
Shiva was also part of India under-19 team which won the World Cup earlier this year.
Here’s the video:
Weirdo…!! Have a close look..!! pic.twitter.com/jK6ChzyH2T
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The left-arm spinner told ESPNcricinfo that this was not the first time he had used the spin move. “I delivered this 360-degree ball against Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, where it was fine. Batsman always goes for the reverse-sweep or the switch-hit against bowlers. But when bowlers do something like this, it’s deemed a dead ball,” he 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,” Shiva said. “The umpires said dead ball, so I asked “why are you calling it a dead ball?” he added.
According to MCC’s clause 22.214.171.124, “either umpire shall call and signal dead ball when there is an instance or deliberate attempt to distract under either of the Laws 41.4 (Deliberate attempt to distract the striker) or 41.5 (Deliberate distraction, deception or obstruction of batsman). The ball shall not count as one of the over.”