Modi, Pat Cummins in embarrassing trophy presentation
By News Desk
November 20, 2023 03:14 PM
Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins was left looking embarrassed and confused when he was caught up in cringeworthy scenes at the World Cup trophy presentation on Monday.
The skipper was left stranded alone on the stage when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian deputy PM Richard Marles abruptly walked off the stage during the ceremony in Ahmedabad after Australia’s stunning six-wicket win over India.
Cummins seemed puzzled as he was left to stand awkwardly on the dais with the trophy in hand as fireworks went off behind him, sheepishly looking on for more than 30 seconds as his teammates shook hands with the politicians off the stage.
The rest of the side eventually joined him and kicked off overjoyed celebrations to mark the country's record sixth World Cup title, but the scenes struck a nerve with cricket fans, who took to social media to voice their astonishment at the scenes.
'Hahaha most awkward trophy presentation of all time,' one fan posted.
'The most awkward championship trophy presentation in sports history,' wrote cricket author Peter Della Penna.
'They've burned 99% of fireworks on Modi presenting the trophy to Cummins solo and they continue firing as Cummins stands alone on stage while Modi goes off stage to shake hands with the rest of the Aussie squad.'
'That's a bloody awful trophy ceremony....Cummins left on his own up on the stage with the trophy because of the bloody politicians. How does cricket get it so wrong?' another viewer added, with others branding the scenes 'bloody rude' and 'disgraceful'.–Daily Mail