Hyderabad: Amidst the ongoing Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, a photo of former South African cricketer AB de Villiers holding a Ganpati idol is viral on social media with the hashtag '#happyganeshchaturthi'. The cricketer's fan pages have also shared the image.

Fact Check

The image is morphed.

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found a tweet by the International Cricket Council (ICC) dated 3 June 2017. In the original image, de Villiers is holding a trophy, not an idol.

The website icc-cricket.com had carried the same photo in a report dated 2 June 2017 about a press conference the cricketer had held during the ICC Champions Trophy tournament prior to his team's match with Sri Lanka. The same image was also carried by Express and Sports Libro.

Evidently, a morphed image of AB de Villiers carrying an idol is going viral.

Claim Review :   Photo of cricketer AB de Villiers holding a Ganesha idol.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing.

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