VIDEO: Umpire dead-balls ‘bizarre’ 360-degree bowling action


A unique bowling action in which the bowler rotated 360 degrees in his run-up just prior to the delivery resulted in the signal of dead ball from the umpire on the third day of a CK Nayudu Trophy (four-day domestic tournament for India’s Under-23 state teams) match between Uttar Pradesh and Bengal in Kalyani, near Kolkata.

During Bengal’s second innings, UP left-arm spinner Shiva Singh – a member of India’s victorious team at this year’s Under-19 World Cup – jogged in and completed a 360-degree turn before delivering the ball. Umpire Vinod Seshanpromptly signalled dead ball, to the bemusement of Shiva and the UP fielders.


Talking to media, Shiva said he felt his action was perfectly fine and that the bowler – like batsmen, who are permitted to switch-hit – should be allowed an element of surprise. “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?”

“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,” he added.