Shiva Singh “advised to ignore criticism”

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Bipin Dani
Uttar Pradesh’s

Uttar Pradesh’s Shiva Singh, whose one over of seven balls earned Maharashtra’s Ruturaj Gaikwad a place in the record book is advised not to pay attention to the criticism.

On Monday, the 23-year-old slow-left-arm spinner Shiva Singh was the bowler to have suffered in the penultimate over of all six legitimate deliveries and one no ball when Gaikwad sent them all over the fence in the Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-final match in Ahmedabad.

“My advice to him being a father and his coach is to not focus on the criticism or even too much praise at any point of your game because it is a long term game and you have to just focus on improving your skills”, Ajit Singh, who also was a cricketer, said over the telephone from Moradabad.

Incidentally, Shiva Singh was in the news when his rotation of 360 degrees in his run up, just prior to delivery in the U-23 (CK Nayudu Trophy) match against Bengal in Kalyani four years ago.

“His 360 degree bowling style was quite innovative and also inspiring for young kids as many youngsters tried to imitate that. And he still has few bowling variations in his basket that are yet to be seen”.

“A lesser known fact about him is that as a child he never played with toys and always picked my cricket bat and started playing with it. He was not very studious and played every sport he could possibly play”, the father signed off.