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.
Telugu website MyKhel also made this claim. However, the didn’t post the viral image. (archived link)
— Penthalasampath (@Penthalasampath) November 11, 2020
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.
📍 Dubai is BLUE & GOLD! 💙🏆
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) November 10, 2020
In the past as well, Alt News has debunked multiple morphed images of Burj Khalifa.