Fact Check: Did Rohit Sharma Give His Man-Of-The-Match Prize Money To Ground Staff? Here’s The Truth 

After India won against Pakistan in the Super Four round of the 2023 Asia Cup, a photo of the Indian captain Rohit Sharma with the stadium workers began circulating on social media, claiming that Sharma gave the ground staff his Man of the Match prize money as a kind gesture.

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “Rohit Sharma gave his winner of the match award money to all the ground staff. How can someone hate this man?”

Here’s the link to the above post. Here, here, here


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE. 

Doing a simple Reverse Image Search, our team traced several news articles carrying the original image, emphasising the significant contribution of the ground staff in determining the result of the India-Pakistan match. This game, impacted by rain, extended to the reserved day, and India secured an impressive 228-run victory at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium. It is essential to highlight that none of them showed the ground staff holding a replica of the Man of the Match award cheque. 

A screenshot from HotStar, the official broadcaster of the Asia Cup 2023, also displayed this, suggesting that the replica Man of the Match award cheque was digitally added. 

It’s important to highlight that in this particular match, the title of Man of the Match was awarded to the former Indian Captain, Virat Kohli, not the Indian Captain Rohit Sharma. If Rohit Sharma had indeed presented the award to the groundsmen, it would probably have garnered media coverage. 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral image is edited. 

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