Bengaluru, Feb 26: Ace tennis star Sania Mirza is in splits ahead of the high-voltage India-Pakistan match in the ongoing Asia Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Bangladesh on Saturday. Though she will be backing her home team India, she will also pray for her cricketer husband from Pakistan, Shoaib Malik, to play well.
The 29-year-old must have been very alert while expressing her mind on this cricketing encounter for even a casual statement can snowball into a massive controversy in minutes, particularly when the general mood in this country is far from peaceful, thanks to the non-stop unfolding of events.
Sania saw the worst in 2014
Sania herself has also seen how worse it can get on the question of nationalism.
In July 2014, she was attacked by the BJP as the daughter-in-law of Pakistan after the government of Telangana, which surfaced as a new state then, decided to make her the state's brand ambassador. Questions were also raised on her credentials to become the state's brand ambassador.
The tennis star even broke down during an interview around then, saying it was unfair that she had to assert her Indianness.
This time, her husband also did his bit to ensure that no controversies start around his wife's support. She supports Team India and wants me to do well also, Malik told the media.