Australian cricketer Mitchell Marsh has responded to criticism from fans regarding a photo where he was seen with his feet on the World Cup trophy after Australia’s victory. Marsh clarified that there was no intention to offend or disrespect the trophy and expressed that he hadn’t given much thought to the social media backlash.
The image, posted by Australia Captain Pat Cummins on November 19, sparked outrage among Indian fans, with even pacer Mohammed Shami expressing displeasure. An RTI activist urged the Prime Minister’s Office and Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur to bar Marsh from playing in India.
In an interview with Australia’s SEN radio network, the 32-year-old stated that he did not mean any disrespect.
“Yeah, well, probably,” Marsh said when asked if he would host the celebration again.
Despite the controversy, Marsh was one of Australia’s standout players in the 2023 World Cup, contributing significantly with 441 runs in 10 games.
Following the World Cup win, Marsh was rested for Australia’s T20I series against India, while other team members continued their participation. The controversy surrounding the trophy celebration has brought attention to social media backlash and differing perceptions of cricket celebrations.