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Bowler's unusual technique has caused quite a stir with cricket fans

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Shiva Singh's recent unconventional delivery stride was ruled a dead ball when he did a 360-twirl before delivering his left-arm spin.

In Uttar Pradesh’s mach against Bengal in the CK Nayudu Trophy, the U-19 World Cup champion twirled unexpectedly before the delivery.

The umpire waved his arms in the air immediately to signal a dead ball, much to the shock of Singh.

Singh, 19, had used the technique previously, and was surprised at umpire Vinod Seshan’s decision.

“I use different variations in one-dayers and T20s so I thought of doing the same because the Bengal batsmen were developing a partnership.The umpires said dead ball, so I asked “why are you calling it a dead ball?

“I delivered this 360-degree ball against Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, where it was fine.

"Batsman always go for the reverse-sweep or the switch-hit against bowlers, but when bowlers do something like this it’s deemed a dead ball."

Past legends of the game were divided on the topic.

You can watch the delivery in the video below.

Bishan Bedi, the India legend, tweeted the video calling it “weird”, but former England captain Michael Vaughan couldn’t see the issue with the what is certainly an unusually technique.

You can see from the reaction online, the delivery has certainly caused a stir among cricket fans.

So as you can see, the delivery technique has caused quite a stir, and there is plenty more reaction as well, with Bishan Bedi's tweet getting 761 responses, and Vaughan's getting over 100 as well.

According to MCC's clause 20.4.2.7, "either umpire shall call and signal dead ball when there is an instance or deliberate attempt to distract under either of the Laws 41.4 (Deliberate attempt to distract the striker) or 41.5 (Deliberate distraction, deception or obstruction of batsman). The ball shall not count as one of the over."

What do YOU make of the delivery? Is it illegal? Or should it have been deemed legit?

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