World Cup 2019: Sania Mirza unlucky to cop unnecessary criticism, says Shoaib Akhtar

Updated: Jun 20, 2019, 17:42 IST | mid-day online desk |

Sania is married to former skipper Shoaib Malik, who is currently a part of Pakistan's cricket team which is competing in the ongoing World Cup in England.

Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza

Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has come to the defense of Sania Mirza, saying the Indian tennis ace is unlucky to find herself in the firing line of fans every time arch-rivals India and Pakistan play an international match.

Sania is married to former skipper Shoaib Malik, who is currently a part of Pakistan's cricket team which is competing in the ongoing World Cup in England.

"She is so unlucky that whatever she does she gets unnecessary criticism from either Pakistan or India and that too for no rhyme or reason. If Pakistan loses a match she is targeted because her husband plays for Pakistan," Shoaib Akhtar said on his Youtube channel.

Several fans had targeted Sania in social media after video and pictures of her enjoying a late dinner with her husband Shoaib along with Wahab Riaz went viral.

Pakistan team had suffered their seventh defeat to India in the World Cup, going down this time by 89 runs in a rain-hit match last Sunday.

"If she has gone to be with her husband and if she has gone out with him to have dinner...she has just had a child...what crime has she committed," Akhtar asked.

The controversy even forced Sania Mirza's husband Shoaib Malik to come out with a message in his twitter handle, pleading people to not target his family.

The Pakistani media has reported that Sania and Shoaib had also taken their son late night to the Sheesha cafe which many claimed in the mainstream and social media was on the night before the match against India.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) then clarified that the video was two days old as Shoaib and Sania and the others went out to the cafe for dinner on June 13 and not June 15th night.

Shoaib Akhtar expressed disappointment that because Pakistan had lost its World Cup match to India, Sania was unfairly targeted.

"How can you point fingers at a person's family or personal life. Who gives you the right to do this? Just because you have a Twitter handle or social media account doesn't mean you can point fingers at anyone's family," Akhtar said.

"I really feel sorry for her. If she has gone to be with her husband or gone out for dinner what has that got to do with performance. Did she tell him (Shoaib) not to perform? How are performances and having dinner related."

Akhtar said he was hurt by the stupid comments and mentality of the people on social media about players.

"I feel sad because why can't players go out to a late night dinner even if there is a match the next day as it is 12 o clock is the curfew time."

Sania Mirza and Veena Malik had earlier gotten into an ugly fight on Twitter with the Bollywood actress Veena Malik questioning Sania Mirza on why she had taken her small kid to a Sheesha parlour.

Sania Mirza known not to mince her words, also took on the actress and asked her to mins her own business.

With inputs from PTI

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