There was quite a controversy created during an U-23 match between Uttar Pradesh and Bengal, when Shiva Singh turned 360 degree during his bowling action before delivering the ball, which prompted the umpire to call it a 'dead ball'.
Many people agreed with the official's decision, terming Shiva's action as a distraction to the batsman, while others disagreed, stating the bowler was well within his limits to do that. Amidst all the views, Shiva has finally spoken up, and has requested the BCCI to allow his bowling action.
Speaking to ANI, he said, "I believe the BCCI should accept my bowling action. There should not be any restriction as well. There are many batsmen who flout rules and regulations. What about them. There is nothing wrong in my variation, to be honest. I have used the same action in the past too in local matches. However, the umpire never pronounced it a dead ball. I did the same during the Vijay Hazare trophy as well. It was not considered an invalid delivery then as well."
The incident took place during the U-23 match between Uttar Pradesh and Bengal. Shiva Singh started his run-up, and was expected to deliver a normal delivery. But instead, after taking a couple of steps and before reaching his bowling stride, he turned himself completely before delivering the ball.
While the batsman who faced had no qualms, the umpire immediately ruled the delivery as 'dead ball', much to the surprise of the bowler and his team. The umpire then went onto explain the reason behind his decision.
Shiva Singh's action drew mixed responses on Twitter. Former Indian spinning great Bishan Singh Bedi hinted that he disapproved of the bowling action, calling the bowler's delivery as 'weirdo'.
Though, former England skipper and commentator Michael Vaughan believed it was an interesting bowling action, and backed for such innovations to take place.