Sania Mirza caught in Indo-Pak 'war' with husband

Published: March 25, 2011
Indian tennis player Sania Mirza (L) and her husband Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik pose during the 'Sahara India Sport Award' ceremony in Mumbai.  PHOTO: AFP

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza (L) and her husband Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik pose during the 'Sahara India Sport Award' ceremony in Mumbai. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: A mini-battle of loyalty is simmering between star couple Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik as India gear to take on Pakistan in a high-voltage World Cup semi-final clash next week.

Mirza, India’s top-ranked women’s tennis player, will be rooting for her country despite her marriage to former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik.

“I support India and Shoaib will support Pakistan as usual! The war is on,” Mirza wrote on her Twitter account from Miami where she is taking part in a WTA event.

India booked a last-four World Cup berth against their arch-rivals after beating defending champions Australia by five wickets in the quarter-final in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Pakistan made the semi-finals with a 10-wicket mauling on West Indies the day before.

Mirza married Malik in Hyderabad in April last year amid a lot of hype surrounding the love-struck cross-border sport stars.

Mirza said she would have loved to catch the semi-final action in Mohali next Wednesday but for has professional commitments at the time.

“The last time they played in Mohali I watched the match live. What a semi-final on the line. Wish I could be there,” read another tweet from the tennis star.

Malik and Mirza’s sporting marriage is unprecedented in the perennial rivalry between the South Asian nations, and some right-wing Hindu groups in India had denounced the union, accusing Mirza of betraying her country.

India’s doubles tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi also tweeted about the excitement that was building up ahead of the marquee match.

“Enjoy it boys. You’re half way there. We are dancing in Miami,” tweeted Bhupathi.

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Reader Comments (39)

  • sunil jangir
    Mar 25, 2011 - 6:14PM

    This worldcop won only india,india and india.Recommend

  • Mar 25, 2011 - 6:16PM

    that would happen obviously…sania mirza will cheer for india n shoaib for paki….Recommend

  • bilal danish
    Mar 25, 2011 - 6:39PM

    go malik!!!! you are missed in this world cup!!! you are still one of the best batsman when it comes to play against india you always made a century against india!!!!
    and go pakistan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Mitesh
    Mar 25, 2011 - 6:41PM

    Sania is now pakistani and should be loyal to pakistan.Recommend

  • LOL
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:03PM

    This is a moment to be happy about that a couple from both of our countries can be happy together and have fun at events like this. Go Sania! Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:21PM

    @Mitesh : And what prompts you to say that? She is an Indian citizen, holds an Indian passport, represents India on all international events and is an Indian by heart and soul. Till she feels differently, who are you and me to decide on her loyalty ?Recommend

  • adam
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:29PM


    She isn’t Pakistani, she has kept her Indian nationality and intends to keep it so, after all she plays tennis for IndiaRecommend

  • Yousuf
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:47PM

    I think it’ll bad for Shoaib if Pakistan wins… ;)Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:55PM

    You with 18th century mindset. Sania Mirza, or for that matter any woman, is not a “property” or slave. Nor is her husband her lord. She is as human as you and me and has her own mind. Let her and her husband support whoever they individually wish to.Recommend

  • cricketer
    Mar 25, 2011 - 8:06PM

    Pakistan will win the semi final inshalla……………………india be prepared for your defeat.haha…….Recommend

  • bvindh
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:02PM

    Both are idle and have nothing else to doRecommend

  • Bangash
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:07PM

    Sania Mirza is disrespecting her husband and father in law. She will now face wrath of her mother in law.Recommend

  • Andrea
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:48PM

    @Bangash: Get a grip man. Sania is an Indian through and through. She has made theat clear and we must respect her decision. Let her cheer on her own team. Shoaib Malik is the real loser. The guy flies off to South India and marries a washed up Indian tennis player for money because he is so desperate. There are so many beautiful Pakistani women but he goes to India of all places! He had it coming. Shoaib does not deserve to play for the Pakistani side and not just because he too is a washed up cricket player. Let the two of them live in South India with Sania’s family and live their own lives. Let’s concentrate on cheering on the Pakistani Cricket Team which has real men of character and substance- unlike Shoaib.Recommend

  • Dinesh
    Mar 25, 2011 - 11:59PM

    In the 3rd quarter final, I was supporting South africa and my wife was supporting New Zeland.. Express tribune please publish this as a news item. Recommend

  • Zehra hassan
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:33AM

    There should be no such debate, it is understood she is an Indian Muslim and will remain so , irrespective to who she marries/ married. Just because her hubby is a Pakistani doesn’t make her one, esp since she is still representing India and even if she didnt that is still her choice whether she wants to give up her nationality or not.I fail to see the sanity behind such a topic. Recommend

  • Zehra hassan
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:36AM

    being married doesn’t make you give up the right to choose your favorites. She doesnt even live in a joint family or in Pakistan , she is already living separately in Dubai with her hubby so why get into personal details Recommend

  • Arsalan J. Sheikh
    Mar 26, 2011 - 2:02AM

    Why can’t everyone here be inspired by Shoaib and Sania. A match is a match, and while they can have different and opposite opinions and views, they remain committed to growing themselves and each other.

    Life is not a zero-sum game, and those who make it one, are all the poorer for it.Recommend

  • Riz
    Mar 26, 2011 - 5:02AM

    @Andrea LOL. Are you on a trip to future from the 15th century?Recommend

  • manoj
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:13AM

    publicity stunt by sania , who cares?Recommend

  • Mar 26, 2011 - 11:17AM

    Shoaib is Joru Ka Gulam.. Even if he wants, he cant compel Sania to support Pakistan.Recommend

  • said imran
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:34AM

    contest will be heart squeezing, we hope pak will break the history of defeats in the world cup..we will win INSHALLAH….Recommend

  • Safeer
    Mar 26, 2011 - 12:38PM

    Go Pakistan Go!!Recommend

  • Faez Roger
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:20PM

    Why is an esteemed newspaper like Tribune carrying stories like this that no one really cares about?Recommend

  • Mar 26, 2011 - 3:09PM


  • pankaj
    Mar 26, 2011 - 5:43PM

    Shoaib has become a Partial GHAR JAMAI because he STAYS in India

    Sania will not visit Pakistan again SO her Mom in law can do nothingRecommend

  • Nation Prevails
    Mar 26, 2011 - 6:04PM

    Oh dude u finally some make me laugh “wrath of her mother in law” Recommend

  • cosmo
    Mar 26, 2011 - 6:18PM

    You are a Pakistani with a phony name. haa, caught you !!Recommend

  • Rahul Singh
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:04PM

    Sania is an Indian Muslim and she knows that Muslims in India are much safer than Muslims in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Asif Khan
    Mar 27, 2011 - 9:52AM

    It is said that Sania Mirza is Muslim. Her supporting India exposes her real truth.Recommend

  • Khalid Kamal
    Mar 27, 2011 - 2:16PM

    Good luck to both husband & wife.
    Both have right to their choice… so be it.
    Let the better team win the game.
    Though I wish it is Pakistan.


  • Asad
    Mar 28, 2011 - 1:32AM

    Thought ET has some sensible news editors…sorryRecommend

  • Hafeez.Indian
    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:04AM

    I am from same place of Sania Mirza. It is true that Many of us does not like her marriage with Shoaib Malik not because of his nativity but because of his character (Hiding the Nikkah with Ayisha). He stayed in Sania’s house before Nikkah which is Haraam in our Islam.

    I request Pakistani Muslim Brothers to keep quite and Insaa allah don’t support us. Now a days Muslims in Gujarat are happier than their counterparts in Sindh and Balochistan. Their CM Narendra Modi and his party are elected subsequently not because of his Hindutva but bacause of Good Administration.

    We are having enough cleverness and strength to support ourself. Please don’t stimulate us to act against you. By the way take care that Pakistan will not split further in to Sindhudesh, Balochistan etc…. Allah save Pakistan…… Khudha Hafiz….Recommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 4:56AM

    India may win the the match but Pakistani team is in good sprit. it is a game and we should be mature enough to take the win or loose in a good sprit. Obviously both team can not be looser. we should think that the wiiner will be certainly from Asia.Recommend

  • Muhammad Tariq
    Mar 28, 2011 - 1:44PM

    It is true that indian batting line is a best side but with the Grace of All Mighty ALLAH and parayers of Pakistani Supporters the Green shirts will win thr seemi Final and Final As well INSHA ALLAH. Pakistan ZINDABAD Recommend

    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:17PM


    Proud of ur comments bro, Keep it upRecommend

  • Iman from Pakistan
    Mar 28, 2011 - 2:43PM

    Who the hell are you to predict for split of our coutry while sitting in the most desperate and violent place by yourself. you know what are you basically known for or atleast we know you is “baghal main churri mun main raam raam”. so you are so irrelevant of all this discussion and didnt even bother to be at the right place to open up with your dirty mentality.
    be mature enough now. we at both sides should grow up now, instead of cutting up veins of the other why not to concentrate on how to improve and chooose a road to success.Recommend

  • Hamood
    Mar 29, 2011 - 12:30AM

    @Hafeez.Indian, and India having more insurgencies than Pakistan will soon split into Kashmir, Maoist territories, Khalsaland etc. etc. CLEAN YOUR OWN HOUSE BEFORE COMMENTING ON OTHERS. Recommend

  • R. Khan
    Mar 29, 2011 - 2:24PM

    Both are free to support whom ever they want!Recommend

  • rehan
    Apr 1, 2011 - 12:58AM

    Pakistani always win Recommend

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