The ODI World Cup 2023 has come to an end, finally. Australia defeated India and lifted their record-extending 6th World Cup title on November 19, 2023, at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. Meanwhile, a video went viral in which the Indian crowd seemed to raise the slogan ‘Jai Shree Ram’ as David Warner was fielding near the boundary line. In the video, Warner turns back to the crowd and asks them to settle down.
What is the truth?
We ran a keyword search and found a similar video in YouTube shorts uploaded by Rao Dharvik Vlogs. The video was uploaded on October 28, 2023.
From Warner’s actions, display boards showing ‘Wide’ and the advertisements flashing, we can confirm that both videos were taken at the same time. In this video, we can see the audience shouting Warner’s name along with shouts of the name ‘Pushpa’. But there are no slogans about ‘Jai Shri Ram’ as claimed in the viral posts. We can also see Warner doing a dance step at the end of the video, and the video has a sticker that mentions “Pushpa Style”. Moreover, the video was published almost 20 days prior to the finals, in which India lost to Australia.
The fans called him Pushpa, as he had been imitating Allu Arjun’s mannerisms from the Telugu movie ‘Pushpa’. Even during the World Cup match against Pakistan, Warner did the ‘Pushpa’ style after scoring a century. He had done so in many other instances, which can be seen here, here and here. He has a considerable fan following in India for the games he plays as well as his reels and shorts dancing to Indian songs and beats. He also recreates famous movie scenes/dialogues with his family.
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So, the crowd did not heckle David Warner with slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ during the final. The video is actually from an earlier match during the tournament. There was so much misinformation regarding the Cricket World Cup 2023. Some of them are listed below.
The viral video is edited with some other audio of the ‘Jai Shree Ram’ slogan. The slogan was added to an older video with false claims that the incident happened during the final.