Australia beat India by six wickets in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday, breaking India’s hearts in front of a packed crowd dominantly wearing the blue Team India jersey.
A century by opener Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne’s unbeaten fifty helped Australia chase down the target of 241 in 43 overs to win an unprecedented sixth World Cup title.
Captain Pat Cummins’s decision to field after winning the toss on a slow and sluggish pitch proved to be the gamechanger for Australia. Cummins bowled a tight spell, giving away just 34 runs and picking two wickets in 10 overs.
After the victory, Cummins took to Instagram to post a few photos from the celebrations in the dressing room. One of the photos posted by the 30-year-old shows opener Mitchell Marsh sitting on a sofa holding a pint in his hand with his feet resting on the World Cup trophy that is placed on the floor.
The photo did not go down well with a section of netizens who deemed it “disrespectful”. “Dear @ICC and @BCCI, expressing concern over Mitch Marsh placing the World Cup trophy under his feet. This behavior seems disrespectful to the game’s integrity. Kindly review and address this matter appropriately,” a user wrote on X.
“Dear @ICC and @BCCI, expressing concern over Mitch Marsh placing the World Cup trophy under his feet. This behavior seems disrespectful to the game’s integrity. Kindly review and address this matter appropriately. #CricketEthics” pic.twitter.com/3nfnI9skdQ
— Vaibhav Saini (@reverb_cia) November 20, 2023
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 20, 2023
“Dude that’s World Cup respect please,” a user commented. “Bro, show some respect to the World Cup trophy. Ask Indian fans or team India about the value of this trophy,” said another. “Have some respect towards WC Trophy !! Please,” wrote a third.
Earlier this month, Marsh had flown back home in the middle of the World Cup due to personal reasons. He had reportedly sent a text message to teammate Marcus Stoinis when he flew home and said, “I’ll be home for a little bit and then I’m coming back to win this World Cup.”