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- Australia’s sixth ODI World Cup title is marred by controversy as Mitchell Marsh’s casual act with the trophy sparks outrage among Indian fans.
- Indian bowler Mohammad Shami expresses disappointment, deeming Marsh’s action a blatant disregard for the coveted trophy and the spirit of the game.
- Legal action ensues, with an FIR filed in Uttar Pradesh and calls for a ban on Marsh in India, shedding light on the persistent trend of senseless controversies in Indian cricket.
The aftermath of the 2023 World Cup has stirred up a whirlwind of controversies in India, overshadowing the triumph of Australia, who clinched their sixth ODI World Cup title. The hearts of 1.3 lakh fans and the entire nation were left yearning as India fell short of securing their third title. However, the disappointment didn’t end with the defeat on the field; it escalated when Mitchell Marsh, a player from the victorious Australian side, was spotted casually placing his legs on the coveted trophy.
The act didn’t sit well with Indian bowler Mohammad Shami, who expressed his dismay, labeling it a blatant disregard for the trophy that symbolizes the pinnacle of achievement in international cricket. Shami articulated his sentiments, saying,
“I am hurt. The trophy for which all the teams in the world fight, the trophy which you want to lift over your head, keeping a foot on that trophy did not make me happy.”
Who filed an FIR against Mitchell Marsh?
This discontent didn’t merely stay confined to emotions; it escalated to legal action. An FIR has been filed in Uttar Pradesh against Mitchell Marsh. Pandit Keshav, an RTI activist, took the initiative, lodging the complaint and urging Prime Minister Modi to impose a ban on Marsh from playing cricket in India. The basis for this drastic step was the alleged hurt sentiments of Indians caused by Marsh’s act despite the fact that the trophy does not belong to India.
While the controversy surrounding Marsh unfolded, it highlighted a broader trend of senseless controversies in Indian cricket. Despite not having a claim to the trophy, the uproar persisted. The focus once also shifted to Mohammad Rizwan’s tweet expressing solidarity with Palestinians, a move that sparked unnecessary turmoil. Additionally, Zainab Abbas, the host of WC23, faced threats in India, compelling her to leave the World Cup midway.
It’s intriguing how controversies in the cricketing world extend beyond the boundaries of the sport itself. Zainab Abbas, who wasn’t even in her professional career at the time, became embroiled in a Twitter controversy, eventually leading to her premature departure from the World Cup. These incidents collectively underscore the volatile nature of cricket discussions in India, where off-field matters often garner as much attention as on-field performances.
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