A post accompanying an image of Swami Vivekananda bowling in a cricket match is shared with a claim that the image was clicked while bowling for Calcutta Town Club in 1884 at Eden Gardens. Let’s check the facts of the claim made in the message.
To claim: Image of Swami Vivekananda bowling in a cricket match.
Do: It is true that Swami Vivekananda claimed seven wickets in a match representing Town Club at Eden Gardens in the 1880s. However, the viral image is not his. The original image features Hedley Verity, an English cricketer. This image by Hedley Verity is digitally transformed to look like Swami Vivekananda’s bowling alley. Therefore, the claim made in the message is MISLEADING.
This is a digitally transformed image. The original photo features Hedley Verity, an English cricketer. A reverse image search of the viral photo led us to the original image on Getty Images. According to the description accompanying the image, the cricketer featured in the image is Yorkshire cricketer Hedley Verity and the image is captured on 01 January 1940.
When comparing this image with that of the viral image, it is evident that this image of Hedley Verity is digitally transformed to make it look like Swami Vivekananda is bowling.
However, it is true that Swami Vivekananda tried his hand at cricket. He represented the Town Club of Kolkata. Several news articles and cricket blogs have mentioned this aspect of him. In fact, in a game at Eden Gardens representing Town Club, Swami Vivekananda ended up taking seven wickets. “Not only cricket, but he also had football, fencing and boxing skills,” Newsmobile wrote. Other articles on Swami’s cricket skills can be read here, here and here.
It is also true that Swami claimed seven wickets at Eden Gardens while playing for Town Club. However, the person in the viral image is not him.
To sum up, the old image of an English cricketer is transformed to look like Swami Vivekananda bowling in a cricket match.