Mitchell Marsh faced backlash on social media for his actions following Australia’s ODI World Cup triumph against India last month.
Australia secured their sixth ODI World Cup title, defeating India at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. In a dominant victory, they restricted India to 240 runs before successfully chasing down the target with seven overs to spare.
Travis Head’s spectacular 137 off 120 deliveries was pivotal in securing the win despite Australia initially struggling at 45/3. Head, accompanied by Marnus Labuschagne (55*), anchored the innings to victory.
However, a photo after the win caused controversy when Mitchell Marsh was seen placing his feet on the World Cup trophy. This act drew criticism from Indian fans, including bowler Mohammed Shami, who expressed being “hurt” by Marsh’s actions during the celebrations.
After more than two weeks, Marsh finally addressed the incident, explaining to Australia’s SEN that his intention was not to disrespect.
“There was obviously no disrespect meant in that photo at all. I haven’t given it too much thought, I haven’t seen a lot on social media even though everyone tells me it’s gone off. There’s nothing in that,” said Marsh in his statement.
Despite Marsh’s clarification, an activist leader in Uttar Pradesh filed a police complaint against him last week for the gesture. The complaint was lodged by Pandit Keshav Dev, the president of the Bhrashtachar Virodhi Sena, at the Delhi Gate Police Station in Aligarh.
“The complaint has been received. But so far, a case has not been registered, and further procedure will follow only after receiving a report from the cyber cell,” stated Superintendent of Police (City) Mrigank Shekhar.
Following the World Cup, Marsh was rested for Australia’s subsequent T20I series against India, while several other victorious team members, including Steve Smith, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, and Adam Zampa, participated in the series.