Indian Tennis star Sania Mirza adorned the cover of Hindustan Times Brunch and discussed a wide range of topics – Tennis, questions over nationalism due to the fact that she’s married to Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik and obviously, the baby.
Many had questioned her love for the country when she married Shoaib with social media still rife with trolls bringing up Pakistan in her posts. Sania Mirza clarified her relationship and that of the two countries. “A lot of people have this notion that Shoaib and I got married to unite the two countries. That is not true. Whenever I have been to Pakistan – and I go once every year to meet my in-laws – the love that I get there is immense.
The whole country calls me ‘bhabhi’, and they give me so much respect. I also know that that love is not necessarily for me, it is for my husband who has been a cricket captain and what he means to everyone there. The respect they have for him transcends to the respect for me… Just like when Shoaib comes here, and he gets the love and respect of our countrymen,” she said in the interview.
“Tags are a part of being a public figure. I play for my country, my family, for myself, and so does my husband. We are aware of the responsibilities we carry, but we do not take these tags seriously. They may make for a good headline, but don’t mean anything to us at home!” Sania Mirza went on to add.
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