Following the World Cup final, controversies continue to arise. Initially, the focus was on Mitchell Marsh’s action of placing his feet on the World Cup trophy, drawing criticism from Indian fans on social media. Now, an Australian account has posted on Instagram, mocking the Indian team, further fueling the ongoing controversies.
The Betoota Advocate, an Australian satire Instagram page, sparked controversy by sharing a demeaning meme depicting Indian cricketers, including Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, as newborn babies. The mock headline humorously suggests a “South Australia Man Giving Birth to World Record 11 Sons.”
The post features Travis Head’s image morphed into the mother in a delivery room. The offensive content has elicited negative responses from Indians, and what intensified the virality was Pat Cummins’ laugh reaction in the comments. Additionally, Glenn Maxwell, who scored 201 not out in the World Cup, and former captain Aaron Finch reportedly liked the post, according to Times Now.
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Mitchell Marsh’s celebration photo with the Trophy also went viral
After winning the World Cup, Australia cricketer Mitch Marsh faced criticism for a photo where he placed his feet on the trophy. Some Indian fans disapproved of the act, emphasizing the trophy’s respect. Conversely, others argued that as deserving winners, Australia had the right to celebrate within the rules. Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, shared a photo of Marsh celebrating on Instagram, adding to the controversy. Indian pacer Mohammed Shami expressed his disappointment, stating that the trophy is meant to be lifted on the head, not have feet on it.
India, undefeated until the final, lost to Australia in the 2023 World Cup summit clash, ending their 10-match winning streak. Travis Head’s century guided Australia to a significant victory, securing their sixth World Cup title. The Australian team returned home without a fanfare reception at the airport. The controversy surrounding Marsh’s photo further heightened tensions between fans of both teams in the aftermath of the World Cup final.