Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Every now and then, deepfake videos of celebrities surface online leaving netizens in splits. After Bollywood celebrities, now, Indian cricketers are the latest victims of AI deepfake videos. Recently, a video has been grabbing eyeballs that features MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma among others.

In the video, the faces of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Surya Kumar Yadav have been edited into a viral video of kids singing a funny song. The deepfake video shows the cricketers reciting the rhyme and dancing. 

The faces of the cricketers have been seamlessly inserted into the viral video of the children. Though deepfake videos have emerged as a major concern these days, netizens have taken it lightly and couldn't stop laughing.

Though the original source of the video couldn't be verified, it was shared on X (Formerly known as Twitter) by a user going by the profile name Ankit and has gone viral on social media. 

The caption for the video reads: Yee kya bana diya hai, Please Stop (sic)

Meanwhile, netizens flooded the comments section with laughing emotions and expressed their thoughts on the edited video of their favourite cricket players.

One user wrote, "gane me vibe hai par ye mahi bhai kya kar rahe waha." (sic)

Another user wrote, "Hadd hai Yaar! Yaha par bhi #RohitSharma ko mota bana diya." (sic)

"Jeewan m bs yhi dekhna rhta tha," wrote a third user. (sic)

Notably, actress Rashmika Mandanna was the first to fall prey to the deepfake video trend. Her face was swapped with an influencer in the video which drew severe flak from celebrities as well as politicians. Since then, misuse of AI technology has heightened even though the Government considered certain regulations and proposed penalties for creators as well as platforms hosting deepfake videos.