While it is not known when and where this incident happen or which country, the video raises a few interesting questions. Is it a legal delviery? Was the umpire right to call it a dead ball?
While it is not known when and where this incident happen or which country, the video raises a few interesting questions. Is it a legal delviery? Was the umpire right to call it a dead ball?

When a spin bowler swirls around before delivering the ball, what what you as an umpire do? Do you call it a dead ball or let the bowler go ahead with his rather unusual delivery routine.

Something similar happened on a cricket field during the Under-23 CK Nayudu match between Uttar Pradesh and Bengal when left arm spinner Shiva Singh, bowling around the wicket trudged along to deliver the ball, only to swirl 360 degree, before bowling a normal delivery. The batsman defended, but the umpire immediately called it a dead ball much to the dismay of the bowler and the fielding team. Here’s the video.

According to the twitter users, who commented on the video, the  opinion is divided. Dave, professional cricket Coach and consultant, believes that there is nothing wrong with the action, even though it – ‘Maybe not in ‘spirit of the game’ ’.

While one user was quick to refer to the rule books and stated that under Law 42 of “Fair and Unfair Play”, section 4: “It is unfair for any fielder deliberately to attempt to distract the striker while he is preparing to receive or receiving a delivery.”

Another user termed the action as an unwanted circus, while a few called it legitimate delivery.

What’s your take?

New innovations in cricket may not always be a welcome site at first. Think back to Dennis Lillee’s Combat – the aluminum bat – controversy in 1979 or Trevor Chappell’s smart exploitation of the loophole in cricketing rules leading to his bowling underarm.

But, despite such innovations being frowned upon and being viewed in the context of the ‘spirit of the game’, cricketers have always found a way to innovate. The switch hit, the back of the blade shot are a few examples that are now a common fixture in cricket.

Bowlers too have come up with their innovations with the slower bouncer, the knuckle ball and this year an ambidextrous bowler from Sri Lanka, Kamindu Mendis, also made his international debut.