Modi should have stayed back to congratulate Pat Cummins in person and shake his hand. That was the honorable thing to do.
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 final match between India and Australia was held at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The Australian team under the captaincy of Pat Cummins won the World Cup by defeating India by 6 wickets. Meanwhile, a video clip of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles leaving the stage when Pat Cummins is seen standing awkwardly holding the World Cup trophy is viral.
India proved itself to be the most disgraceful host! pic.twitter.com/Vb6h5JJA4d
— Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) November 19, 2023
This video clip is shared with an insinuated claim that PM Modi neither congratulated Pat Cummins nor shook his hands. Many on social media are claiming that Modi should have stayed back to congratulate Pat Cummins in person and to shake his hand. Some of the posts carrying this video clip can be seen here and here.
What is the truth?
When searching with relevant keywords we found that the video is clipped right after Modi shakes hands with Pat Cummins and handed over the trophy along with the Australian deputy PM. Hindustan Times article is found carrying an image while reporting the highlights of the World Cup final match. This image shows Modi holding Pat Cummins’s hand when he is holding the trophy in his other hand. This clarifies that the viral video clip was taken after this incident.
When searching for the extended version of the video, we found a couple of videos on YouTube. One video shows Pat Cummins’s entry to the stage at 1:15 minutes timestamp and the other at 1:40 minutes. Both show the same incident recorded at different angles. It is found that Modi and Richard Marles shook hands with Pat Cummins after his entry, handed over the trophy to him, and shook hands again before leaving the stage.
The full match video is available in Disney Hotstar App for rewatch and in that we can see PM Modi shaking hands with Pat Cummins followed by the Australian team members as well.
A version of this video is available on the website Editorji as well which shows these footages.
From these videos, it is evident that PM Modi shook Pat Cummins’ hands and congratulated him and the Australian team members after leaving the stage. Pat Cummins was waiting for his teammates on the stage, as they were shaking hands with PM Modi before joining him on stage momentarily.
PM Modi congratulated Pat Cummins by shaking his hands before and after handing over the World Cup trophy to him. A clipped portion of the video, when he leaves the stage after handing over the trophy, is shared with false claims.