Australia were crowned as world champions for a record-extending six times in Sunday’s final with India at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. And while more than a billion Indian supporters’ hearts broke with India’s six-wicket loss, controversy erupted when a picture of Aussie batter Mitchell Marsh started going viral all over the internet.
In that picture, Marsh could be seen seated on a sofa with his feet resting on the prestigious World Cup trophy. Aussie skipper Pat Cummins shared the picture on his Instagram Story. Both the cricketers were heavily slammed by the fans.
Some fans pointed out that even footballers sometimes put their feet on a World Cup, pointing out the cultural difference. While other fans shared pictures of 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev who lifted the trophy above his head. Not just the fans, even some celebrities also found the gesture disrespectful.
Earlier in the World Cup, Marsh had flown back home in the middle of the tournament due to personal reasons. As per reports, he texted teammate Marcus Stoinis that he would be back to win the World Cup.
He played 10 matches in the tournament and slammed two centuries. His first ton (121) came against Pakistan, while he played an unbeaten 177-run knock against Bangladesh.
In the semifinal against South Africa, he fell for a duck. In the final against India, he could score just 15 runs. Apart from the two centuries, he also scored a half-century, against Sri Lanka. He stands 10th on the list of most runs scored in this World Cup (441).
Gouri Das is a cricket writer at FirstSportz. Despite always being a sporty kid, she disliked being inactive in one place for a long time to watch a match. But after the Ind vs Pak match of the 2016 Asia Cup, she rather got glued to the TV screen. That year she watched the major cricket tournaments, WWE matches, and the Olympics (especially Usain Bolt's races). After reading about the big names in tennis and becoming an ardent follower, she dreams of visiting Wimbledon one day.
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