Mitchell McClenaghan accuses Umpires of favouring RCB after Dhruv Jurel's controversial run out

Updated - 23 May 2024, 11:33 AM

Mitchell McClenaghan, Cameron Green and Dhruv Jurel
Mitchell McClenaghan, Cameron Green and Dhruv Jurel (Credits: Getty)

While the whole cricketing fraternity appreciated the throw from Virat Kohli which led to Dhruv Jurel's run-out, Mitchell McClenaghan had other thoughts. 

The former Mumbai Indians pacer could not figure out why was Dhruv Jurel given out in the run-out attempt that was completed by Cameron Green. People have divided opinions on this particular matter with some saying that Jurel was legally out while others, including Mitchell McClenaghan, feel that the decision was unfair. 

What did Mitchell McClenaghan say about the run-out decision?

Mitchell McClenaghan, a part of the expert panel team of ESPNcricinfo, was very critical about the 3rd Umpire's verdict on Dhruv Jurel's run-out. So much so that he had to bring out the rulebook and display it to the people who thought that Jurel's dismissal was legal, it was a crucial moment in the match which also displayed Virat Kohli's supreme fitness and athleticism.

That particular moment of the game was a true game changer as it had given RCB narrow hopes to stage a comeback in the match. By then, it was looking as if Bengaluru would not be able to win the game as Rajasthan were quite ahead of them.

In the 1st ball of the 14th over, Riyan Parag had struck the ball towards the leg side where Virat Kohli sprinted towards, picked the ball, and threw it with all his strength. Dhruv Jurel, who was at the other end, ran as fast as he could but wasn't able to get back inside the crease at the right time. 

From the very first look, it had looked like Virat Kohli had got rid of Dhruv Jurel with that throw but Cameron Green's contact with the stumps was questioned. The ball had appeared to be slipping out of the hands of the Australian while he was trying to dislodge the bails. 

The call was pretty much 50-50 but the 3rd Umpire decided to give the decision in RCB and Virat Kohli's favor. That created a massive stir on social media with many wondering if the run-out was clean enough to be given out. Mitchell McClenaghan was also among those who believed that it was not out. He brought up the rulebook in his tweet on X as well.

Mitchell McClenaghan questioned the rule-makers by writing, "Always thought you had to have the ball held in your hand to cause a runout… have the rules changed? #RRvRCB." 

He would then highlight the run-out rules by underlining article 29.2.1.5 of breaking the wicket fairly. The rule stated that a run-out is legal when a fielder has got hold of the ball when breaking or removing the stumps. "By a fielder with his hand or arm, providing that the ball is held in the hand or hands so used, or in the hand of the arm so used." 

McClenaghan says RCB should be proud of their efforts

After slamming the Umpire for giving the decision in RCB's favor, Mitch McClenaghan, in another tweet, stated that Bengaluru should be proud.

For what they did this season, for finding a great coach, for finding retentions in the form of Will Jacks, Rajat Patidar, Cameron Green, and Yash Dayal if possible. "Can’t be displeased with the future outlook going into the next cycle." - McClenaghan wrote.