Brief Outline: Mitchell Johnson denies giving any interview with timesofindia, though the leading news portal publishes one and calls Mitchell Johnson memory faint.

Facts Check: Doubtful

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Facts Check Analysis: The above extract is part of the conversion given to times of India as claimed by the leading website times of India. However the Mitchell Johnson denies giving an interview to TOI. He wrote on the social media.

Interesting article @TOISportsNews given I’m not in Melbourne & never sat down for a Q&A with this journalist

However times of India stood by the claim of having a interview with Mitchell Johnson. It said, TOI stands by its interview with @MitchJohnson398 which was carried on December 23, 2018. Read our statement below.

The article by TOI also has Johnson lavishly praising Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah.

Based on Johnson’s call BCCI have removed the web link of TOI from its website,

Mitchell Johnson, hardly hit back at TOI saying a selfie is not proof an interview took place. I hve taken thousands of selfie with fans over the years. He replied back to the faint memory comment by times of India article saying “For the record now you have refreshed my faint memory, I do recall this man lurking around during the test match trying to listen in on conversations I was having with other journalists. So I can only assme his so called Q & A was loosely based on parts of conversation he partially overheard me have with other people”

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