After India’s defeat in the ICC World Cup final against Australia, a video went viral showing Prime Minister Modi handing the trophy to Pat Cummins and leaving the stage without exchanging pleasantries or taking photos, reflecting the palpable disappointment among Indian cricket fans.
After Australia won the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 on 19 November, several social media users shared footage of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles handing over the trophy to Australian captain Pat Cummins. Many users have shared this clip with the claim that PM Modi avoided the traditional handshake or greeting during his meeting with Cummins and refused to take photos with the Australian captain.
This video clip is also viral on other social media platforms including Facebook with the same claim. A post on Facebook received more than 7,000 likes and nearly 1,700 shares. However, the viral clip is a shorter version that has been shared with false claims. In fact, after handing over the trophy to the Australian captain, PM Modi shook hands with Cummins and posed for photographs.
Logically Facts obtained footage of the presentation ceremony uploaded on OTT platform Disney+Hotstar, which had live-streamed the World Cup. In the viral video, PM Modi shakes hands with Cummins and welcomes him before the trophy presentation. After this Cummins welcomed Richard Marles and shook hands with him. After this both the leaders hand over the trophy to the Australian captain and pose for photographs. The footage also shows Modi patting Cummins on the back and shaking his hand again. Modi and Marks then walk off the stage and greet the rest of the team while Cummins waits on the stage with the cup, a scene captured in the viral clip.
While Cummins was left alone on the stage for a few moments, creating an awkward scene. The viral video of Narendra Modi walking off the stage after handing over the ICC World Cup trophy to Pat Cummins has been doctored and shared to spread a false narrative that the Indian Prime Minister ignored the Australian captain and did not greet him. Didn’t get pictures taken with him. After India lost the tournament. The claim has been marked as false as a result.