Amidst the celebrations following Australia’s triumphant win against India in the Cricket World Cup, a viral picture of Australian batsman Mitchell Marsh has stirred controversy on social media.
The World Cup victory, marking Australia’s sixth title in cricket history, took place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, igniting fervent celebrations among the Kangaroos.
Post-match euphoria led Australian player Pat Cummins to share glimpses of the team’s jubilation in the dressing room on his Instagram profile. However, one particular picture caught attention for all the wrong reasons. The image portrayed Australian batsman Mitchell Marsh reclining on a sofa with his feet resting atop the World Cup trophy.
The sight didn’t sit well with Indian cricket enthusiasts, still reeling from the disappointment of India’s defeat in the final match.
Marsh’s seemingly casual posture with the prestigious trophy drew sharp criticism from upset fans. An Indian user took to X to express their dismay, labeling Marsh's action as disrespectful to the trophy and urging the ICC to take action.
The image of Marsh's relaxed posture with the prized trophy has sparked heated discussions and stirred emotions among cricket fans, intensifying the aftermath of the World Cup final and eliciting calls for more reverence toward the sport's symbols.
Mitchell Marsh with the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/n2oViCDgna— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 20, 2023
This is how Indian cricket fans eacted to the viral picture of Mitchell Marsh;
Mitchell Marsh with the world Cup.— V¹ (@___Captain_levi) November 20, 2023
This is so disrespectful to us.
Although, the World trophy belongs to them whatever they do.
If it were won by us,we would have put it on our heads.#INDvsAUSfinal #INDvsAUS#Worldcupfinal2023pic.twitter.com/uqHlsUfCkS
@CricketAus Requesting you to take strict action against Mitchell Marsh's disrespectful behavior towards the World Cup Trophy....My name is Mangesh and I am from The United Bharat (India) pic.twitter.com/UIQxv1do0G— स्वातंत्र्यसूर्य सावरकर भक्त (@SwatantryaSurya) November 20, 2023
Shame on you Mitchell Marsh. It's disrespectful 😤. It's an insult not only to the World Cup Trophy but also to cricket.#MitchellMarsh #INDvsAUS #INDvsAUSfinal #ICCCricketWorldCup2023Final pic.twitter.com/Vhkn4APQ3b— Mrityunjoy (@Mrityunjoy_offl) November 20, 2023
@ICC @cricketworldcup @BCCI The wait for 4 years, the dream of 10 teams, the hard work of every player, the emotions of crores of people are lying under the feet of Mitchell Marsh. Dear @ICC, how is your World Cup trophy looking at his feet? pic.twitter.com/S3GIw7nETp— RAHUL VERMA (@rahulverma6612) November 20, 2023
I find this photo of Mitchell Marsh very disrespectful.— Madhav Sharma (@HashTagCricket) November 20, 2023
It’s the trophy that cricketers fight for all their lives and Marsh has put his feet on the top of it just to look cool.
SHOCKING AND DISGUSTING! #INDvsAUSfinal pic.twitter.com/SoWiDroH2V
This shows what respect Mitchell Marsh has for Cricket & especially for @ICC tournaments.@CricketAus this is why you don't deserve to be called Champions. The pride has gone above the game & respect for the sports that he is literally disrespecting the trophy in an ugly way. pic.twitter.com/8ih9vaKDJC— Ameya Rao (@AmeyaRao_) November 20, 2023