The Verdict: [False]

    The picture is from October 2020 and reveals MS Dhoni celebrating the Chennai Tremendous King’s official account reaching the six million-follower milestone.


What’s the declare?

A picture of cricketer and former captain of the boys’s Indian cricket crew, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is circulating on social media platforms with a declare that he urged individuals to vote for the Congress celebration within the ongoing Indian normal elections.

Within the photograph, Dhoni is donning a blue and yellow jersey of the Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) — an expert cricket crew of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise — and is holding his left palm and proper index finger up. One person sharing the picture (archived right here) on X (previously Twitter) wrote, “Dhoni asking individuals of India to vote for Congress #Thala_for_a_reason #LokSabhaElections2024.” Archived variations of comparable posts will be discovered right here, right here, and right here. 

The image can also be being shared on Fb with comparable claims, and their archived variations will be discovered right here, right here, and right here.


Screenshots of some viral social media posts. (Source: X/Facebook/Modified by Logically Facts)
Screenshots of some viral social media posts. (Supply: X/Fb/Modified by Logically Information)

Whereas the Congress celebration’s image is the hand, this picture of him holding up his left hand is being shared out of context to falsely declare that he’s endorsing the grand previous celebration. Within the viral photograph, Dhoni’s hand gestures symbolize CSK’s official account on X (then known as Twitter) hitting six million followers in 2020.

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What did we discover?

A reverse picture search of the viral image led us to a YouTube video uploaded by MoneyControl — a information outlet a part of the Community 18 media group — on October 8, 2020. The video was titled “IPL 2020 | Chennai Tremendous Kings Attain 6 Million Followers On Twitter.” Round ten seconds minutes into the video, we will see the precise now-viral image of MS Dhoni. The overlaid textual content right here stated, “Celebrating this feat, the account posted a snap of the crew’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni holding 6 fingers.” Dhoni has been related to CSK for greater than a decade and was the crew skipper for the longest time.

We additionally discovered the identical picture posted on CSK’s official X account on October 5, 2020. The caption learn, “Nandri crammed Thala Dharisanam as our Twitter fam turns into 6 Million Sturdy! #SixerOnTwitter #WhistlePodu #Yellove. (sic)”

The identical day, the account additionally posted a video displaying completely different gamers of the CSK crew becoming a member of in for the celebration. The caption famous, “Chennai Tremendous #SixerOnTwitter! A giant because of all of the tremendous followers for each bouquet and brickbat all through the final decade. All of the #yellove to you. #WhistlePodu.” Within the video, we will see gamers making comparable hand gestures, holding six fingers up for the cameras, simply as Dhoni did within the viral image.

Moreover, we additionally appeared into the archives of CSK’s account and located a screenshot captured from October 10, 2020. It confirmed that the account had 6.6 million followers until then. An archive from seven days earlier than this date reveals that the account had 5.99 million followers, which implies that the account hit six million followers between October 3 and 10. 


Screenshot of the archive captured on October 10, 2020. (Source: Internet Archive/Screenshot)
Screenshot of the archive captured on October 10, 2020. (Supply: Web Archive/Screenshot)

Furthermore, the cricketer has by no means publicly endorsed or campaigned for any political outfit. 

The decision

A picture of MS Dhoni celebrating Chennai Tremendous Kings’ official account reaching the six-million follower milestone on X in 2020 has been shared with the false declare that he urged individuals to vote for Congress within the ongoing 2024 Indian Lok Sabha elections. Subsequently, we’ve got marked the declare as false. 

This report first appeared on, and has been republished on ABP Stay as a part of a particular association. Aside from the headline, no modifications have been made within the report by ABP Stay.


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