U-23 bowler Shiva Singh's 360-degree turn hogs limelight

While it is not known when and where this incident happen or which country the video raises a few interesting questions. Is it a legal delviery? Was the umpire right to call it a dead ball

While it is not known when and where this incident happen or which country the video raises a few interesting questions. Is it a legal delviery? Was the umpire right to call it a dead ball

The incident has triggered debate online over whether the delivery should be legal.

Shiva rotated 360 degrees in his run-up just before the delivery during a domestic game in Kalyani in Kolkata. The ball pitched just wide of leg stump and the batsman blocked it out on the leg side.

The batsman defended the ball with relative ease but umpire Vinod Seshan immediately deemed the delivery to be a "dead ball".

AN INDIAN cricketer has taken spin bowling to a new level. "But when bowlers do something like this it's deemed a dead ball", Shiva was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

Former English captain Michael Vaughan is a fan of Singh's action, tweeting he had "no issues at all" with how the rising star approaches the crease.

The MCC, the custodian of the rules of cricket, weighed in with a post on its laws blog, referring to rule 41 which deals with unfair play.

Law No. 20.4.2.7 states that the ball is called dead when there is an instance of a deliberate attempt to distract under either of Laws 41.4 (Deliberate attempt to distract striker) or 41.5 (Deliberate distraction, deception or obstruction of batsman).

'I delivered this 360-degree ball (recently) against Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, where it was fine'.

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

Paige Cordona asked - 'if batsmen can reverse sweep, what's stopping a bowler from doing that?

"If you were going to do it every ball, it might be a different story, but when it's a one-off, I think that makes it a bit too hard - I don't really think that's in the spirit of the game".