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Virat Kohli’s Instagram story appreciating England Cricket team is edited and shared as him making nasty remarks against Pakistan

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A post is being shared on social media, containing a graphic with a screenshot of Kohlis’s Instagram story after England’s victory in the T20 World Cup. The text in the story reads, ‘congratulations England and Pakistan … muh me.’ Text on the graphic reads,’…. very shameful stuff from Virat Kohli…’ Let’s verify this post through this article.

Claim: Virat Kohli posted an Instagram story congratulating England on winning the T20 World Cup, making nasty remarks against the Pakistani cricket team in the same story.

Fact: Virat Kohli posted an Instagram story congratulating the England Cricket team on becoming champions by winning the T20 World Cup. The text in his original story reads, ‘Congratulations, England, Well deserved.’ The post shares a morphed version of this Insta story to make it look like Kohli made nasty remarks against the Pakistani cricket team. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

We searched the internet with relevant keywords to find out the truth behind Kohli’s purported Instagram story. This led us to a few recent news reports (here, here and here).

After England defeated Pakistan in the cricket T20 World cup final to clinch the title, Virat Kohli reportedly congratulated the English team through his Instagram story. A screenshot of this story in the news reports shows that he wrote, ‘ Congratulations, England, Well deserved.’

But the viral post contains a morphed version of Kohlis’ Instagram story, which has language that makes it seem like he congratulated England and made nasty remarks against the Pakistani Cricket team. This version of his purported Insta story was not shared in any media reports. This makes it clear that the original story was morphed to spread a false narrative.

To sum up, Virat Kohli’s Instagram story appreciating the England Cricket team on their world cup win is edited and shared in this post to propagate a false narrative.

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