Cricketers Yuvraj Singh, Kevin Pietersen and rapper Badshah were involved in a funny banter on Instagram after the veteran India batsman posted a video of Shiva Singh’s unusual bowling action.
Shiva was all over the news for his 360-bowling action on the third day of a CK Nayudu Trophy match between Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. During Bengal’s second innings, Shiva jogged in and completed a 360-degree turn before delivering the ball. It was then followed by a drama as umpire Vinod Seshan promptly signalled dead ball. Not surprisingly, the bowlers as well as his teammates were left bemused.
Later, Shiva said that it was not the first time he bowled like that and also revealed the conversation with the umpire.
“I use different variations in one-dayers and T20s. So I thought of doing the same because the Bengal batsmen were developing a partnership,” Shiva told ESPNcricinfo. “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,” he added.
And away from the field, the cricketing circle cannot stop talking about the bowling action. Yuvraj Singh was also one of them as he posted a video of the action on his Instagram account, writing:
“Legal delivery or no ?? ??????????”
And as soon as he posted his query on the social media, Badshah and Kevin Pietersen jumped into action.
Bashah stated that it was a legal delivery. In reply, Yuvraj said: “acha, then why umpire gave no ball kakey das menu? (ok, then tell me why the umpire gave it a no ball)”.
Kevin Pietersen then had a laugh at Yuvraj’s expense as he wrote:”Those are pie chuckers.”
The former England cricketer had once famously called Yuvraj a pie chucker after being dismissed by him.