Will Sania Mirza & Shoaib Malik’s child be Indian or Pakistani? - Tennis star answers question

Tennis icon Sania Mirza, who is expecting a child with husband and Pakistan cricket star Shoaib Malik, spoke about a number of topics in her interview, including whether her child will be Indian or Pakistani.

Sania Mirza is easily one of the most recognizable athletes in Indian sport and has won a number of laurels for the country across the world in some of tennis' most prestigious competitions. She is a former World No. 1 in doubles and has won as many as six Grand Slams titles, while also winning medals at events such as the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Afro-Asian Games.

However, she is on a break from the circuit as she is expecting a child in the month of October with husband and former Pakistan cricket team captain Shoaib Malik. In an interview with HT Brunch, Sania opened up about her pregnancy, her fitness regime in the last few months and how she receives affection from fans in Pakistan as well.

She said that she did not marry Malik to unite the two neighbouring nations and added that both the athletes are respected in both India and Pakistan. "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," she said. 

"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 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 added.

Their yet-to-be-born child has often been tagged as an India-Pakistan baby and Mirza said that she and her husband pay no heed to such comments. “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!” she said. 

Source:timesnownews

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