Hyderabad: A video of two men singing a cover of the Bollywood song 'Mitwa' has gone viral on social media with the claim that the two men are boxer George Foreman and Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting.

The caption to one such video read, "On tabla is Boxer George Foreman and Australian Cricketer Ricky Ponting is singing MITWA. Can you believe it? Awesome....#RickyPonting #GeorgeForeman #MusicIsLife."


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Fact Check:

NewsMeter found that the claim that the two men in the video are Foreman and Ponting is FALSE.

We performed a reverse image search and found a YouTube video that said one of the men in the video is Jeffrey Iqbal.


Using this information, we performed a keyword search and found that the same video was uploaded on the verified Facebook page of Jeffrey Iqbal, a US-born Bollywood singer, on 12 December 2014.

The caption read, "The Black Guy and White Guy series kicked off this year with #mitwa Bringing it back for round TWO Get ready for some new stuff soon WITH Jomy George Music and Jeffrey Iqbal LOVE YOU GUYS! #unitythrumusic #share #hollywoodTObollywood".

The other man playing the tabla is identified as Jomy George, a tabla player from Kerala.

On 1 June 2016, Jeffrey had also posted a clarification saying, "I am not Ricky Ponting... Spread the word! #jeffreyiqbal There has been crazy viral activity about this video saying that i am Ricky Ponting the cricket player... I think its hilarious, but I want my friends to let everybody know who this really is... ME! Share the video with the post This singer is #jeffreyiqbal not #rickyponting Spread the word."

Below is a picture of George Foreman and Ricky Ponting.

It is clear that the two men in the viral video are not Ponting and Foreman but US-born Bollywood singer Jeffrey Iqbal and tabla player Jomy George. Hence, the claim is FALSE.


Claim Review :   Ricky Ponting, George Foreman make cover of Bollywood song ‘Mitwa’
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. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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