Old Picture of Rohit Sharma Falsely Shared as Him Donating Blood to Rishabh Pant
The picture is from 2016, when Rohit Sharma underwent surgery on his right thigh in London.
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A picture of Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma is being shared on the internet to claim that it shows him donating blood to wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who was severely injured in a car accident on 30 December 2022.
How did we find out?: We conducted a reverse image search on the viral image and found a report on The Quint that talked about Sharma's surgery on 12 November 2016.
It mentioned that Sharma suffered an injury to his right thigh while playing in the 5th One-day International (ODI) against New Zealand.
The match occurred on 29 October 2016 in Vishakhapatnam and saw India winning it by 190 runs.
It also said that the injury could likely force Sharma to be out of action for 10-12 weeks.
The report also mentioned that the cricket had also posted this image on his Twitter handle.
Has Sharma met Pant after he was injured?: We did not find any credible news reports of Sharma visiting the latter in the hospital and donating blood. However, according to reports, the Indian captain got in touch with the doctors treating Pant. The report added that Sharma was on a family vacation.
We also found images on Sharma's wife Ritika Sajdeh's profile that suggested that he was on a family vacation in Maldives around the time of the accident.
Update on Pant's injury: Pant was recently shifted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute, Mumbai, via an air ambulance and underwent surgery for the ligament tear in his knee.
Conclusion: The picture of Indian captain Rohit Sharma in a hospital bed is from 2016 after he underwent a surgery and is not recent as claimed.
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