Here in India, we tend to respect several objects that are meaningful or earned by hard work. We do not keep books on the ground or touch them with our feet. We hold trophies, medals, degrees and certificates as high as we can. We do not let our uniforms stain and we ask for forgiveness if our feet touch something valuable.
This is probably why several Indians were left angered and disappointed after seeing a picture of Australian cricketer Mitchell Marsh resting his feet on top of the Cricket World Cup Trophy that Australia won on Sunday after defeating India by 6 wickets in the finals which took place in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.
Several Indians criticized Mitchell Marsh for being disrespectful of the trophy. Here in India, we have seen cricketers holding the trophy over their heads, kissing it and not trying to let it touch the ground. For Indians, cricket is religion and the world cup trophy is like an idol to be worshipped.
“Dear @ICC and @BCCI, expressing concern over Mitch Marsh placing the World Cup trophy under his feet. This behavior seems disrespectful to the game’s integrity. Kindly review and address this matter appropriately. #CricketEthics” pic.twitter.com/3nfnI9skdQ
— Saini Vaib (@reverb_cia) November 20, 2023
It doesn’t matter how many times a team has won the Worldcup, but the respect one needs to have towards any award should be respected and honoured in true sense.
— 🇮🇳Bharath Shendre (@ShendreBharath) November 20, 2023
Its not only disrespect to the game but also his wealth build because of this game shameful act.This shows the attitude of the individual towards the game. #Australian @ACA_Players we indians even by oversight step on anybody say sorry @cricketworldcup immaturity
— Speak Truth & My Views Jai Hind (@nbn64) November 20, 2023
Shame On You Michelle.. Have some respect for the World’s Best title..
— Mukul Mathur (@mukulmathur1656) November 20, 2023
I find this photo of Mitchell Marsh very disrespectful.
It’s the trophy that cricketers fight for all their lives and Marsh has put his feet on the top of it just to look cool.
— Madhav Sharma (@HashTagCricket) November 20, 2023
— Pramod Kumar Singh (@SinghPramod2784) November 20, 2023
What the actual fck is this? Why can’t these white people respect anything? I really hope there’ll be a time when we’ll teach them how to respect a trophy pic.twitter.com/ALaSY7mlpP
— Susmita (@shhuushhh_) November 20, 2023
Don't give so much to anyone that you forget to respect. This is the World Cup trophy for which 10 countries fought for almost 1 and half months. The dream of billions of fans from 9 countries was broken. It's disrespect of WORLD CUP TROPHY. Disgraceful Mitchell Marsh.… pic.twitter.com/2iAZhtLLio
— Satya Prakash (@Satya_Prakash08) November 20, 2023
However, we cannot expect Australians to live by what is predominantly Indian culture. For them cricket is a sport to be played, not a religion to be followed. A trophy is meant to be won, not worshipped. Several Indians pointed out how it is ridiculous to shame the Australian cricketer for keeping his feet on top of the trophy. After all, it is their trophy – they can do anything they want with it.
People being moral police and telling Marsh to behave with the trophy😂😂😂Ahhh grow up you pricks and stop forcing your culture on them..They have won it 6 times and whether they throw it around like a frisbee or use it as a cricket bat it shouldnt concern you😄😎#CWC23Final pic.twitter.com/7FOPCv9LGR
— Ritesh Menon (@Ritzy1989) November 20, 2023
For all those abusing marsh for this, I just wanna say one thing
It's their trophy so it's their wish 👍
— DestroyeRRR ❤️🔥 (@7theDestroyeRRR) November 20, 2023
This picture is going viral on Indian social media, people are abusing Marsh and asking him to respect the trophy.
First of all stop forcing your culture on others, secondly, it is their trophy, they have earned 6 of them, so whether they shit in it or pee on it, it is their… pic.twitter.com/ylyFcuAgSa
— Roshan Rai (@RoshanKrRaii) November 20, 2023
indian news channels dragging Marsh for keeping his feet on the trophy 😭😭 they really planned for India propaganda the whole day and now they're out of content pic.twitter.com/gb9DxCG4tN
— Advit (@advitwake) November 20, 2023
I don't understand why people are crying over this pic of Mitchell Marsh.
I won't do it and you won't do it because it is not our culture and that's not how we live.
Marsh is doing it because it is their culture & that's how they live.
Marsh putting his leg on his trophy is… pic.twitter.com/mCGpzPxtPl
— Incognito (@Incognito_qfs) November 20, 2023
What are your views regarding this incident?