Mitchell Marsh, who received a lot of criticism from Indian fans for resting his feet on the World Cup trophy, stated in a new interview with Australia’s SEN Radio network that he meant no disrespect.
Just one day after Australia won the World Cup by beating India in the final, an image of Marsh with his feet on the trophy surfaced, sparking outrage from Indian fans. Even Indian bowler Mohammed Shami expressed feeling hurt by the incident and a concerned fan wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Union Sports Ministry, requesting that Marsh be banned from playing cricket in India.
Talking about the controversy, Marsh said, “Yeah, probably, to be honest. 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 also spoke on the ongoing five-match T20I series where several Australian cricketers had stayed back in India after the World Cup.
“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,” he stated.