India’s opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who occasionally bowls off-spin, has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the fourth Test against South Africa, which India won in 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 player’s off-spin deliveries, the ICC said in a statement on Wednesday.
Dhawan had bowled only three overs in Delhi.
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.
When the South Africans put a strong defence in the second innings in the fourth Test, and with captain Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers going putting a stubborn stand, India captain Virat Kohli tossed the ball to his Delhi teammate Dhawan on the fourth and penultimate day of the match.
Dhawan, a left-handed batsman, bowled only three overs without taking a wicket. He finished with figures of 3-1-9-0.