AHMEDABAD, NOVEMBER 20, 2023: With the Australia cricket team winning their sixth one-day international world cup title by defeating the India on Sunday, a photograph is widely being circulating on social media drawing attention for all wrong reasons.
In this image, the Australian cricketer Mitchel March is seen with his both legs resting on the World Cup trophy and a beer bottle in his hand, a gesture that has been deemed offence by the netizens criticizing the player for his ‘inappropriate actions’.
The photo was originally shared by the Australian skipper, Pat Cummins, on his Instagram stories. Subsequently, numerous users reposted the picture on various social media platforms, condemning the act as disrespectful, and considering the trophy’s symbolic significance as a badge of honour.
Shortly after Australia’s World Cup win against India, the photo surfaced on one of Pat Cummins’s Instagram stories, taken in the hotel rooms where the Australian cricketers were resting after the match. In the image, Mitchell Marsh can be clearly seen resting both of his legs on top of the trophy while displaying his gold medal.
The viral nature of the picture prompted a wave of criticism, with people trolling Marsh for what they perceived as a lack of respect towards the trophy. The reactions to the incident flooded social media platforms.
Australia clinched the 2023 International Cricket World Cup, marking their sixth title. In the final match, Australia won the toss and chose to bowl, limiting India to a total of 240 runs, with contributions from Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, who both scored half-centuries.