India’s spinner to seek permission to rotate himself 360 degrees in run-up

Bipin Dani


Shiva Singh, a member of India’s victorious Under-19 World Cup winning team was not born when Trevor Chappell delivered the underarm ball (against New Zealand at Melbourne on Feb. 1, 1981), which became internationally controversial thereafter.
Shiva Singh believes that if he is “allowed” to rotate himself 360-degrees before delivering the ball, it would “draw positive attention”.
UP’s left-arm spinner Shiva Singh’s delivery, which he bowled just prior to the delivery by rotating 360 degrees himself (against Bengal in CK Nayudu Trophy) was declared “dead ball” by the umpire.
“My next match is against Rajasthan (at Jaipur) on 14th and will speak to umpires and match referee before the match and will seek their permission to allow me to bowl such deliveries”, Shiva Singh, speaking exclusively over telephone from Moradabad, said.
“My “switch delivery” has more variations and it is difficult to read by a batsman. I don’t intend to use it frequently because then it would not remain a mystery”.
Shiva Singh has one more mysterious delivery to bowl. “During my run up before the delivery, I immediately stop (at the popping crease) and re-run a little and deliver the ball.
The umpires have not objected to this style of bowling and batsman often gets confused and loses his wicket”.
Shiva Singh’s father, Ajit Singh, also a former cricketer and who has also been his coach, says, “I have not taught my son to bowl such deliveries.
If umpires advise him to stop such tactics, I would advise Shiva to stop bowling in this fashion. The umpire was right when his illegal delivery was declared no ball”.

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