New Delhi: The India vs New Zealand semifinals in the ongoing Cricket World Cup is under way and tweets and photographs in support of the Indian team have taken social media by storm.
Among these is a photograph doing the rounds on Twitter featuring coach Ravi Shastri sitting with the team. At first glance, nothing appears to be amiss with the photograph, but a closer look reveals a bottle of alcohol placed next to the coach’s leg and under his seat.
The caption of the viral tweet, posted by a handle called @Madan_Chikna, reads “RT (retweet) when you see it #CWC19”. It had been shared over 650 times and liked at least 1,300 times at the time of writing. Other versions of the tweet zoom in on the bottle.
— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) July 6, 2019
— Bhagwan Bachani (@BhagwanBachani) July 8, 2019
The bottle between Ravi Shastri’s legs has been digitally added to the photograph, and was never part of the original.
On 6 July, before the Indian team won the match against Sri Lanka, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s official Twitter handle posted the image with the caption “One Team. One Nation. One Emotion #TeamIndia”. It didn’t feature any alcohol bottle.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2019
Target for trolls
Ravi Shastri has been earlier trolled for his “drunk appearance” and also accused of drinking on the job.
Social media trolls regularly target Shastri with similar claims and Photoshopped images.
Leaked video of Ravi Shastri and Jasprit "Boom" rah pic.twitter.com/tUFjNuGCWU
— Bade Chote (@badechote) July 6, 2019
Reporter: Do you think Jasprit Bumrah has raised the bar with every match
Ravi Shastri: No the bar is at the same place, I just came from there
Reporter: Sir, I meant his bowling performance pic.twitter.com/5GrWp2r8zw
— Sir Yuzvendra (parody) (@SirYuzvendra) July 4, 2019
Ravi Shastri: Support of the fans right through has been amazing. Thank you one and all. You keep us going. pic.twitter.com/UYg0SAMwKB
— Halkat Manus ❁ (@HalkatManus) July 6, 2019