Karachi: Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has said that she hopes her husband and former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik achieves many more milestones in international cricket.
Appearing with Malik on a private TV’s morning show, both spoke on issues concerning their lives and how marriage had changed things.
Sania said she believed that Shoaib still had a lot to offer to Pakistan cricket.
“I am a fan of Shoaib, the cricketer, and believe he has lot of years of international cricket left in him. I want to see him reaching more milestones in the coming years,” a Pak newspaper quoted Sania, as saying in her first ever detailed appearance on a Pakistani TV channel.
Sania said that the period when Shoaib was out of the Pakistan cricket team, she was constantly supporting him and telling him to keep his spirits up and keep on performing in domestic cricket.
“It has been a difficult time for us after marriage because both of us have had to travel a lot, but we have remained very close to each other and constantly kept in touch,” Sania said.
Describing her husband as a “romantic person”, who fulfills her wishes even before she expresses them, Sania confirmed that the couple had first taken to liking each other and then their families met to finalise the wedding.
Stating that she doesn’t like to comment on media reports concerning their married life and like to stay clear of controversies, Sania said, “I don’t speak on these issues but no matter what people say we are very happy together and personally I am very satisfied and happy.”
Sania and her family are presently in Karachi on a private visit with Shoaib, who is playing in the national T20 championship in the city.
Both the sportspersons also spoke about their desire to see their marriage helping in some way to bridge the troubled relations between Pakistan and India, as they said there were a lot of things that are common between the people of the two countries.