"Obviously No Disrespect" - Mitchell Marsh Reacts To Controversial 'Resting Feet On World Cup Trophy' Photo

Updated - 01 Dec 2023, 02:45 PM

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Mitchell Marsh (Image Credits: Twitter)

Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has addressed the controversy surrounding his gesture of putting his feet on top of the World Cup trophy. Mitchell Marsh said that he hadn’t given much thought to the photo and was unaware of the social media reaction.

Marsh rested his feet on the World Cup Trophy, and the photo went viral after Australia’s victory in the final against India, sparking widespread controversy. Veteran Indian pacer Mohammed Shami expressed his dismay at the Australian batter’s gesture with the trophy.

I Haven’t Given It Too Much Thought – Mitchell Marsh

In a conversation with SEN, Mitchell Marsh responded to the controversy over his gesture of putting his feet on the World Cup trophy, emphasizing that there was no intention of disrespect in the photo.

“There was obviously no disrespect meant in that photo at all. I haven’t given it too much thought, I haven’t seen a lot on social media even though everyone tells me it’s gone off. There’s nothing in that,” Marsh said.

The 32-year-old was a standout performer for Australia, contributing significantly to their record-extending sixth title. He amassed 441 runs in 10 matches with an impressive average of 49 and a strike rate of 107.56, despite failing to score in the semi-final and final.

There’s also Human Side Of It – Mitchell Marsh

Mitchell Marsh acknowledged the challenges faced by the players who stayed behind in India for the subsequent series after the World Cup. Marsh emphasized the importance of allowing players time to celebrate and reunite with their families after a major tournament.

“Yeah, it was pretty outrageous for the guys that had to stay behind. It’s a fine line because we’ve got to respect the fact we’re playing for Australia and it’s a series against India which is always really big. But there’s also the human side of it, the boys have just won a World Cup and probably deserve to celebrate for a while and get home to their families.”

“It’s an interesting one. You’d hope there’s not too many of those series put on after big tournaments again. I celebrated for the six guys who stayed behind, I celebrated for them,” Marsh added further.

Steve Smith, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa, and others were selected for the T20I series. Zampa and Smith returned home after the second game, while others like Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Josh Inglis, and Sean Abbott followed suit after the third T20I.

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