Australian cricketer Mitchell Marsh is making headlines for all the wrong reasons as a controversial photo of him has gone viral on social media. The image, initially shared on Instagram by skipper Pat Cummins, captures Marsh with both legs casually resting on top of the World Cup trophy. The internet is not taking kindly to this unconventional celebration, labeling it as ‘disrespectful’ and sparking widespread criticism.
The photo surfaced shortly after Australia secured their victory in the World Cup against host country India at the Narendra Modi Stadium on November 19. It seems to have been taken in the team’s hotel room, showcasing Marsh casually conversing with teammates while displaying his gold medal, with both legs nonchalantly placed on the prestigious trophy.
The gesture has triggered a wave of backlash, with many expressing their displeasure at what they perceive as a lack of respect towards the coveted trophy. The controversy has added a contentious twist to Australia’s sixth World Cup title win.
In the final showdown, Australia triumphed over India in Ahmedabad, choosing to field first after winning the toss. Despite India’s efforts to set a competitive total of 240 runs, propelled by notable performances from Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, Australia’s Travis Head stole the show with a remarkable innings of 137 runs off 120 balls. The result was a comfortable six-wicket victory for Australia, sealing their World Cup triumph with 42 balls to spare.