Marsh defies critics over act that had India fuming

Marsh defies critics over act that had India fuming

Mitchell Marsh has declared he’d commit a controversial World Cup act again after he was berated for putting his feet on the trophy.

Indian fans took Marsh to task over his celebration with one fan writing to prime minister Narendra Modi calling for him to be “handed a lifetime ban from cricket”.

Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami was also left “hurt” over the incident.

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“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,” he said.

Despite the backlash, Marsh said he’d do it again.

“Yeah probably, to be honest,” he said on SEN.

“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 was one of a number of players to return home after the World Cup, while players like Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith, Adam Zampa, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Sean Abbott and Josh Inglis were forced to stay and participate in a T20 series against India.

The all-rounder had previously captained the T20 side but the duties were handed to Matthew Wade with the series currently 2-1 in favour of India with two games to play.

Marsh wasn’t envious of the players that had to stick around and play. 

“Yeah it was pretty outrageous for the guys that had to stay behind,” he admitted.

“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.

“It’s an interesting one. You’d hope there’s not too many of those series put on after big tournaments again.

“I celebrated for the six guys who stayed behind, I celebrated for all of them so all good.”

The 32-year-old added he hasn’t watched too much of the first three matches. 

“I’ve watched a little bit, they start too late at night. I’m up at 5am every morning, for my morning walks along the beach so I’m asleep by 9 o’clock every night … I check the scores every morning,” he laughed.

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