Shikhar Dhawan © PTI
Shikhar Dhawan © PTI

Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan, who was used in the fourth innings of the fourth and final Test against South Africa which ended on Monday in Delhi as a part-time bowler, has been reported for suspect bowling action. The International Cricket Council (ICC) informed in a release on Wednesday morning that a report by the match officials for the fourth and final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in the country’s capital was handed over to the Indian cricket team management. The report from the match officials highlighted concerns about the legality of the bowling action of the dashing opening batsman, who is seldom used as a bowler by the Indian cricket team in international cricket. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs South Africa 2015 4th Test at Delhi

After being set an improbable target of 481 runs to win, the South African team finally found their confidence as they went on stonewalling the Indian bowlers for a majority of the fourth day at Delhi and also in the first session on the fifth day. Indian team was seen getting a little restless as South African batsmen Temba Bavuma, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers dropped anchor in their second innings and fought really hard to force a draw. The South Africans eventually lost the game by 337 runs. ALSO READ: Top 5 knocks in the India-South Africa Test series 2015-16

On the evening of the fourth day, a desperate Indian cricket team used the services of their part-time bowlers Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and even Cheteshwar Pujara, but could not break the stubborn stand between Amla and de Villiers. Dhawan bowled three overs in his spell, which had one maiden and gave away nine runs without any success. Dhawan was not used by India on the fifth and final day of the Test.  ALSO READ — Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja: How good have they been against South Africa, and in their careers?

The International Cricket Council (ICC) informed in  a release, “India’s Shikhar Dhawan has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the fourth Test against South Africa, which the host won in New Delhi on Monday. The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the India team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 30-year-old’s off-spin deliveries.”

The release added, “Dhawan’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Dhawan is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.”