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.
During the same match, Australia’s Travis Head achieved a century, scoring 137 runs off 120 balls. Australia successfully chased the target, securing victory with six wickets and 42 balls to spare.
Several users expressed their reactions on X, with one comment stating, “For you, it’s a dream; for them, it’s a routine! Work on it so it becomes a routine… What goes around comes around! Today, it’s the trophy; tomorrow, it will be their team at someone’s feet!” Another comment remarked, “Disgracefully putting legs on the trophy… Civilizational difference.”
First appeared on m.timesofindia.com