Following India’s defeat in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Semi-final on 10 November 2022, several videos of Indian players are being widely shared with a claim that the players are apologizing for their bad performance against England in Semi-finals. Let’s verify the claim made in each case.
Claim: Videos of Indian cricket players after India lost to England in the semi-final match of T20 World Cup 2022 held on 10 November 2022.
Fact: These videos are old and are unrelated to this match. Kohli’s emotional video is from May 2018 regarding RCB’s bad performance in IPL 2018. Rohit Sharma’s video is from April 2021. Kohli’s retirement video is nothing but a normal press conference on 05 September 2022 after India’s loss to Pakistan in Asia Cup 2022 and Surya Kumar Yadav’s clip is a random gesture extracted from the Instagram live with fellow teammates uploaded in July 2022. Dhoni’s statement is from 2019. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING
Virat Kohli’s emotional message
A video of Indian batsman Virat Kohli is being widely shared as his emotional message to fans after team India was knocked out of T20 World Cup 2022. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Reverse Image search of the keyframes extracted from the viral video led us to the original video posted on Kohli’s official twitter account on 24 May 2018. Accompanying description of the video is shared with hashtags like @RCBTweets, #RCB, #IPL2018. Further, in this video, he addressed RCB fans and apologized for the team’s bad performance in IPL 2018.
Rohit Sharma’s emotional message
A video of Indian captain Rohit sharma is being widely shared as his emotional message to fans after team India knocked out of T20 World Cup 2022. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Reverse Image search of the keyframes extracted from the viral video led us to the original video shared on Rohit Sharma’s official Facebook page on 30 April 2021. The description of the video says, “Thank you guys for your kind wishes. Let’s win this one for India together”. In this video, he can be seen thanking people who wished him on his birthday (30 April) and appealed to follow the COVID-19 guidelines.
Kohli’s & Rohit Sharma’s retirement announcement?
Another video of Virat Kohli is being shared claiming it as his retirement announcement at a press meet. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
An internet search with the relevant keywords led us to the original video posted by ‘PTV analysis’ on 06 September 2022. The title of the video says, “Virat Kohli Press Conference, Asia cup 2022”. In this video, Kohli talks to media after Team India lost to Pakistan in Asia Cup 2022. ANI’s Video of this press meet (05 September 2022) can be seen here.
Another video is being shared claiming Indian captain Rohit Sharma announced his retirement after the loss to England. However, this video is from the pre-match press conference before the semi-finals with England and has no announcement about his retirement.
Surya Kumar Yadav crying
Video of Indian batsman SuryaKumar Yadav is being shared claiming that it shows him crying after the match. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Reverse Image search of the keyframes extracted from the viral video led us to the full length video uploaded by ‘POST CRIC-CLASSICS’ YouTube channel on 26 July 2022 with the title “ Rishabh pant, Rohit sharma, Surya Kumar Yadav, chahal || Instagram Live”. In this video, Surya Kumar can be seen talking to fellow Indian players. A random gesture made by surya during this talk is falsely shared as him crying after the match.
Dhoni’s heart-breaking statement
Video of former Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni is being shared as his heart-breaking statement after the match. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Internet search with the relevant keywords led us to Indian express article featuring the same video published on 07 august 2019. The said video was uploaded on YouTube on 12 July 2019 with the title, “MS Dhoni Motivational speech”. In this video Dhoni can be seen advising the viewers to focus on the process rather than the result.
According to Economic Times, Rohit Sharma was seen in tears after the humiliating loss while coach Rahul Dravid consoled him. However, Several Indian players, including Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav , Hardik Pandya, etc., took to social media to express their despair over the loss and thanked fans for their support throughout the tournament.
To sum it up, old and unrelated videos of Indian cricket players are shared as recent videos following India’s defeat against England in semi-finals of T20 World Cup 2022.
Update (14 November 2022):
A video is being shared claiming that former Indian cricket captain Dhoni has burst into tears after the match and out of anger, he revealed 5 reasons for India’s poor performance. Let’ verify the claim made in the post.
We have gone through all the social media profiles of MS Dhoni, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, but couldn’t find any statements by him regarding the semi-final match. Also, there were no media reports about Dhoni bursting into tears and analysing the performance of team India. However, according to Zee News, #Dhoni was trending after the match as fans remember recalled the team India’s achievement under his captaincy.