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Fact Check: 2020 Picture Of Hardik Pandya Virat Kohli, KL Rahul Shared With False Claims


Hardik Pandya has been named the new captain of the IPL team Mumbai Indians. Against this backdrop, an image featuring Hardik Pandya along with Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Mayank Agarwal is widely shared on social media. Many users claim that this image is after Pandya became captain of the Mumbai Indians.

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “आईपीएल के कप्तान हार्दिक पांड्या विराट कोहली केएल राहुल एक साथ लेट नाइट डिनर करते हुए नजर आए #viratkohli #hardikpandya #viratkohli #cricket #TeamIndia” (English version: see below.) 

Here’s the link to the above post


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

Running the Google Reverse Image Search, out team found the viral image on Pandya’s verified Instagram account, dated December 4, 2020. clarifying that it is not a recent picture as claimed.

A News 18 article, dated December 4, 2020, also carries the viral image, highlighting Pandya’s outstanding performance in the three-match ODI series against Australia. During that time, Pandya had shared a picture with fans, showcasing himself at a restaurant accompanied by Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and his wife. 

According to a video report on the official YouTube channel of One India Support — uploaded on December 4, 2020, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, and Mayank Agarwal were captured in an outing in Canberra ahead of the first T20 International against Australia.  

Thus, it is confirmed that the viral claim is fake. 

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