Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Delhi Capitals in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) final to win the tournament for the fifth time on November 10. Since then several social media users have posted an image that shows MI captain Rohit Sharma’s photo displayed on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. As per the claim, he is the first cricketer and third Indian after Mahatma Gandhi and Shah Rukh Khan to receive this honour.

A Rohit Sharma fan tweeted the image on November 11 shortly after the match ended. It was retweeted over 50 times. (archived link)

Telugu YouTube channel NTV Sports displayed the viral image in their video. It has been viewed over 70,000 times. (archived link)

Telugu website MyKhel also made this claim. However, the didn’t post the viral image. (archived link)

Several Twitter and Facebook users have posted this image. We also received several requests to fact-check this claim on our WhatsApp helpline (+917600011160) and on our official Android application.

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Morphed image

Alt News performed a keyword search ‘Burj Khalifa blue filter:verified’ on Twitter and found a 2016 image similar to the one viral. It was tweeted by UAE-based news website Emirates 24/7. The montage below shows the comparison between both images. Readers should note that the brightness has been lowered in the viral image.

More recently, on October 25, UAE Mission to the UN tweeted a video that shows Burj Khalifa with similar blue lights on the occasion of the World UN day which is observed on October 24.

We couldn’t find any tweet related to Rohit Sharma or the Mumbai Indians uploaded by Burj Khalifa on Twitter.

Shortly after the match, the Twitter account of MI posted an image of Burj Khalifa that shows MI’s logo and the building surrounded by fireworks. In the tweet, the photo has been credited to Trivandrum-based graphics designer Amith S Hari. Alt News rummaged through MI’s Facebook and Twitter handles and couldn’t find a single post that shows Rohit Sharma’s image on Burj Khalifa.

Even Rohit Sharma hasn’t posted any images on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram that indicate that his image was displayed on the world’s tallest skyscraper.

In the past as well, Alt News has debunked multiple morphed images of Burj Khalifa.

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Archit is a graduate in English Literature from The MS University of Baroda. He also holds a post-graduation diploma in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism. Since then he has worked at Essel Group's English news channel at WION as a trainee journalist, at S3IDF as a fundraising & communications officer and at The Hindu as a reporter. At Alt News, he works as a fact-checking journalist.