Fact Check: Edited Instagram Story Falsely Shared As Virat Kohli’s Objectionable Comments Against Shubman Gill 

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Gujarat Titans’ Shubman Gill scored his second hundred in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on May 21. Gill’s century powered Gujarat Titans to another victory in the competition, but the result also saw Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore exit from the tournament.

Against this backdrop, a screenshot of an Instagram story, allegedly posted by Virat Kohli making objectionable comments against Shubman Gill, is widely shared on social media. 

Here’s the link to the above post

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE. 

We could not find any evidence or credible media report supporting the claim that Virat Kohli uploaded objectionable stories (Instagram) slamming Shubman Gill. Had he put up any such story on Instagram, mainstream media would have covered it and evoked reactions from other experts, too. 

On the contrary, we found several media reports, including an appreciation story posted by Virat for Shubman. According to an article in ABP News, dated May 16, 2023, Virat Kohli took to Instagram to post a picture of Shubman with a caption: “There’s potential and then there’s Gill. Go on and lead the next generation. God bless you @shubmangill” followed by a star emoji.” In a match at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium on May 15, Shubman Gill scored his first IPL century (101 off 58 balls), leading Gujarat Titans to a 34-run victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and securing Titans’ qualification for the IPL 2023 playoffs.

We found the original Instagram story posted on an official Twitter handle on May 16, 2023. 

Below is the comparison between the viral image and the original image. Both the images have a timestamp of 7 minutes and a background of light purple colour. The text and image have been omitted from the original image and changed to the objectionable comment in the viral image. 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral image is edited. There is no Instagram story by Virat Kohli making objectionable comments against Shubman Gill. 

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