Mitchell Marsh speaks out over the contentious "feet on World Cup trophy" gesture following Australia's victory over India

Mitchell Marsh speaks out over the contentious “feet on World Cup trophy” gesture following Australia’s victory over India. Australia overcame India at the storied Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad last month to win a record-tying sixth ODI World Cup. Australia held India to 240 in a lopsided championship match before pursuing the mark with seven overs remaining. 

Travis Head was the star of the show for the Aussies, hitting a spectacular 137 off 120 deliveries to make sure the team doesn’t collapse into early deficits. During the run chase, Australia was down 45/3 at one point, but Head and Marnus Labuschagne (55*) controlled the innings.

But after Australia’s triumph in the World Cup, a photo went viral on social media, prompting supporters to vent their resentment at Mitchell Marsh, an Australian star. Many Indian supporters thought Marsh’s action, in which he was seen resting his feet on top of the World Cup trophy, was insulting. 

During the celebrations, Marsh’s gesture really caused pain to Mohammed Shami, who finished the World Cup as the player with the most wickets (24 in 7 games).

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After the event more than two weeks ago, Marsh has finally spoken out about the photo. The all-rounder told Australia’s SEN that he didn’t mean any offence with the gesture.

Clearly, no disrespect was intended in any way in that picture. Despite everyone telling me it’s gone off, I haven’t given it much attention and haven’t seen anything on social media. That’s not true at all, according to a comment from Marsh.

A Uttar Pradesh activist group leader actually lodged a police complaint against the all-rounder last week, despite Marsh’s clear lack of disdain for the gesture. The Bhrashtachar Virodhi Sena president, Pandit Keshav Dev, filed the complaint at the Delhi Gate Police Station in Aligarh on Tuesday.

“We’ve got a complaint. But as of right now, no case has been filed, and more action won’t happen until the cyber cell submits a report, according to Mrigank Shekhar, Superintendent of Police (City).

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