THE explanation for why Indian bowler Shiva Singh’s bizarre 360 delivery was called a dead ball has been revealed.
Sing created a media storm when he turned 360 degrees before delivering the ball, while playing in an under-23 tournament for Uttar Pradesh.
The umpire immediately called a dead ball and it has been revealed his decision was based on the fact that Singh was deemed to be distracting the batsman in the act of delivering a ball.
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While the merits of the ball has created plenty of debate, with some calling for it to be made legal, as the rules stand, it is an illegal delivery.
The law says “Either umpire shall call and signal Dead ball 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). The ball shall not count as one of the over.”
The Marylebone Cricket Club, who runs the international laws of the game, said in a blog on its website there is nothing in the laws that dictate what the bowler’s run-up should look like.
“The law only states if an offence is made to distract the batsman, rather than the batter actually getting distracted. Another point made by the law is for the umpire to decide if he felt the action was done in order to distract the striker,” the blog read.
“The law goes on to add that only if the 360-degree twirl should be part of the bowler’s run-up for every delivery, then can the umpire step in to deem if the action was done to distract the batsman.”
Based on the rules it can be concluded that if Singh chose to do a 360 pirouette on every delivery then it would be less likely to be considered a distraction to the batsmen.
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