Mumbai, November 20 : Mitchell Marsh of Australia has stirred controversy with a widely circulated image depicting him casually resting both legs atop the coveted World Cup trophy. The photograph, initially posted on Instagram by Australian captain Pat Cummins, quickly spread across various social media platforms, eliciting criticism for what many perceived as a ‘disrespectful’ act.
The contentious picture surfaced following Australia’s triumph in the World Cup final against the host country, India, held at Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday, November 19.
Judging by the surroundings, it seems to have been taken in a relaxed setting, possibly the team’s hotel room, where the Australian players were unwinding and engaging in conversation.
In the photograph, Marsh can be seen nonchalantly placing both legs on the World Cup trophy while proudly displaying his gold medal. The image sparked a wave of condemnation online, with numerous individuals expressing their disapproval of what they deemed as a lack of reverence towards the prestigious trophy.
The incident has fueled a variety of reactions, with many highlighting the importance of treating symbols of achievement with utmost respect. Critics argue that such actions diminish the significance of the trophy and undermine the efforts of the team and the tournament as a whole. As the photograph continues to circulate on social media, the debate over sportsmanship and the appropriate behavior in celebratory moments has taken center stage.