Uttar Pradesh bowler Shiva Singh who created a media storm with his bizarre 360-degree delivery on Thursday has said that the reasons are still unclear to him as to why his delivery was called a dead ball while adding that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should accept his bowling action.
In a telephonic interview to ANI, Singh said, “I believe the BCCI should accept my bowling action. There should not be any restriction as well. There are many batsmen who flout rules and regulations. What about them. There is nothing wrong in my variation, to be honest.”
“I have used the same action in the past too in local matches. However, the umpire never pronounced it a dead ball. I did the same during the Vijay Hazare trophy as well. It was not considered an invalid delivery then as well,” Singh added.
Singh made the headlines for his 360-degree turn just prior to delivery during the U-23 CK Nayudu trophy match against Bengal on Thursday.
Shiva rotated 360 degrees in his run-up just before the delivery during a domestic game in Kalyani in Kolkata.
What are your thoughts on Shiva Singh’s 360° delivery in the CK Nayudu Trophy game against Bengal ? pic.twitter.com/l82YI275drUPCA (@UPCACricket)
However, his delivery was called a dead ball by the onfield umpire.
Shiva has claimed that this was not the first time he had bowled in the 360-degree style but it was definitely the first time that umpire called it a dead ball.
“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?’
“I delivered this 360-degree ball against Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, where it was fine. Batsmen 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,” Shiva was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan was impressed while legendary India spinner Bishan Singh Bedi called Shiva “weirdo”.
“Love this … We keep saying bowlers must bring new innovation … No Issue at all with this,” Michael Vaughan tweeted.
Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan)
“Weirdo…!! Have a close look..!!” Bedi tweeted.
Weirdo…!! Have a close look..!! pic.twitter.com/jK6ChzyH2TBishan Bedi (@BishanBedi)
(With ANI inputs)