A 2017 video of Mahendra Singh Dhoni being jeered with chants of ‘Boom Boom Afridi’ in Kashmir is being misreported as a recent incident by online news outlets such as Catch News and Zee 24 Ghanta.
The video has been revived on social media by netizens in Pakistan in the wake of the lock-down in Jammu And Kashmir after the Indian government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 and strip the region’s special status.
It also coincides with the former Indian captain’s ongoing stint with the armed forces in the region.
Dhoni has been deployed in Jammu And Kashmir as part of the Victor Force, and as a Honorary Lieutenant Colonel. India’s World-Cup winning captain is expected to perform duties of patrolling, guard and post duty between July 31 and August 15 with the Para Regiment of the Indian Army.
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Catch News published an article on August 8, 2019. which stated that the cricketer had been greeted with chants of ‘boom boom Afridi’ by locals in Baramulla, Kashmir and linked a tweet which had the viral video.
The 19 seconds clipping is of Pakistani News channel which has a video of people chanting the name of Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi.
The same was misreported by Zee News’s Bengali website Zee 24 Ghanta quoting the same tweet.
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BOOM searched with the keywords ‘boom boom Afridi’ and ‘dhoni’ on YouTube and we found the original video which is 51 seconds long and was uploaded on November 27, 2017 by Ary Sports which is a Pakistani news outlet.
Among Indian news outlets the Hindustan Times reported on November 29, 2017 that when Dhoni was on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir as a chief guest of an army-sponsored cricket tournament in the valley, he was jeered with the chant.
“The security personnel deployed at the venue tried pushing the crowd back but to no avail as the crowd kept chanting the Pakistan all-rounder’s name,” the article reported.
Below is the same video from 2017.