Fact Check: IPL’s Advt Campaign Image Falsely Shared As Dhoni Converting To Buddhism

A picture of former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wearing monk’s attire is being shared on social media with a claim that he has converted to Buddhism.

Multiple social media users shared the picture with the caption: विश्वकप विजेता, पूर्व भारतीय क्रिकेट टीम कप्तान महेंद्र सिंह धोनी जी ने बुद्ध धम्म दीक्षा ली व बुद्ध धर्म अपनाया , बुद्धाय शरणं गच्छामी
हार्दिक मंगल कामनाएं

(Translation: World Cup winner, former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni converted to Buddhism. Buddham Sharanam Gachchhami. Heartfelt wishes)

Here’s the link to the above post.

More posts can be seen here and here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.

We found that the picture was originally uploaded by Start Sports on their Twitter handle on March 13, 2021.

At the bottom right corner of the picture, we can see the text, ‘Set up in a martial arts training camp’.

The photo took the internet by storm and triggered a meme fest amongst netizens. Read the reports here and here.

Unravelling the mystery behind the picture, Star Sports, official broadcaster of the Indian Premier League, launched an advertisement campaign on March 14, 2021, featuring Dhoni in his new avatar.

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the image is an advertisement campaign launched by IPL and the claim attached to it is false and misleading.

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