Fact Check: Video showing Babar Azam reacting angrily to ‘ZimBabar’ chants turns out to be fake

The video spread like wildfire on the social platforms.

Pakistani batter Babar Azam has been doing rounds on the internet after a video of him went viral on social media platforms. In the video, he was seen reacting angrily to the crowd’s ‘ZimBabar‘ chants during a Pakistan Super League (PSL) match.

The clip is from the clash between Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans that took place at the Multan Cricket Stadium on Friday. The incident happened when the star batter was sitting on the sidelines with the support staff.

A section of the crowd behind him started the provocative comment that didn’t go well with Peshawar Zalmi’s skipper. He responded boldly and even threatened to throw a water bottle at them. However, he controlled himself and decided to avoid any further involvement.

Upon investigation by CricBouncer, we found that the video was fake. The audio of ‘ZimBabar’ chants was taken from an old video. Here is the proof:

According to sources, no one was mocking Babar Azam. Instead, a person standing in the enclosure was using foul language for the cricketer’s family, which made him lose his control.

The 29-year-old is known as a cool-minded person, who doesn’t lose his tempo so frequently. The instigator must have said something really bad that Babar decided to be so expressive.

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Babar Azam-led Peshawar Zalmi opened their account in PSL 2024

Despite the heated moment, Babar Azam & Co. managed to clinch a victory against the table-toppers Multan Sultans. After losing two opening games, they bounced back to register their first victory of the season.

Peshawar Zalmi will next lock horns with Lahore Qalandars at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Sunday, February 25. Babar is the second-leading run-scorer of this season, with 171 runs to his name in three innings.