Shoaib Malik – Sania Mirza Marriage : Love At 3rd Sight

Indian tennis sensation and current World No. 1 doubles player Sania Mirza married Pakistani cricketer and former captain, Shoaib Malik in a ceremony held at the ‘Taj Krishna’ in Hyderabad on the 12th of April 2010. The couple met for the first time in 2004 at a restaurant in Hobart, Australia. Shoaib went to see her play the very next day. According to Sania, she found him ‘very simple and attractive’. After that, they met for a third time and that’s when the fireworks began. Asked if Shoaib proposed to her, she said that he didn’t. Sania said that their decision to get married was mutual. It wasn’t all smooth sailing though. The Shoaib Malik – Sania Mirza marriage has been marred with controversies and allegations from day one but they proved that love is what matters. They proved that love conquers all; even the India and Pakistan border.

The Wedding

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The wedding was a very private affair held at the ‘Taj Krishna’ in Hyderabad. It was a very small gathering of only 70 people consisting mostly of the Malik and Mirza families and close friends. Sania wore the same red saree worn by her mother 25 years ago while Shoaib wore a black sherwani designed by Shantanu and Nikhil. The mehndi ceremony was held on the 13th of April at the Mirza residence in Hyderabad. The sangeet ceremony for which Sania wore a dress designed by Shantanu and Nikhil was held on the 14th of April. It was a lively evening with a lot of dancing to music played by singer Talat Aziz. Actress Neha Dhupia was also present during the ceremony. The walima (reception) was held on the 15th of April with notable guests being Sahara chief Subrata Roy, Pakistan’s minister for population and welfare Firdous Ashiq Awan and cricket commentator Ayaz Memon.

Reception In Pakistan

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The couple arrived in Pakistan to a rapturous welcome. There were two receptions held for the couple. A private reception at the Malik residence in Sialkot on the 25th of April and a walima in Lahore at the ‘Pearl Continental Hotel’ on the 27th. However, both the ceremonies had to end early due to an overwhelming turnout.

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Current Status

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They say that the couple have three places they call home. One is Hyderabad in India. Then there’s Sialkot in Pakistan. However, their main base is located on the beautiful Jumeirah island in Dubai. It’s also very convenient for them. After all, they’re both famous in their respective sports and are still active participants. So, they keep travelling to most parts of the world and there isn’t one flight that doesn’t have a layover at Dubai. They both make sure that they accompany each other to tournaments when they’re not playing or preparing for an event. They support each other in the best possible way, like team-mates do.

Did You Know?

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Sania Mirza

  • Sania was born on the 15th of November 1986 in Mumbai but her family later moved to Hyderabad.
  • Sania was engaged to her childhood friend Sohrab Mirza but it is rumoured that she later broke off the engagement in order to get married to Shoaib Malik.
  • She is related to cricket in ways other than being married to her cricketer husband. Being an Indian, her love for cricket is a given. She is a distant relative of former Indian captain Ghulam Ahmed and former Pakistani captain Asif Iqbal.
  • She turned pro in 2003 aged only 17.
  • She is the highest ranked Indian woman in both singles and doubles. Her highest singles ranking being World No. 27 and her highest doubles ranking is World No. 1 (Current WTA champion with partner Martina Hingis).
  • Sania almost gave up tennis in 2007 following a major wrist injury. She couldn’t even hold her racket. Her rackets were somewhere in her basement but then future husband Shoaib Malik came to the rescue and made her pick up her racket and dust it off. Truly, he’s her knight in shining armour.

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Shoaib Malik

  • Shoaib was born on the 1st of February, 1982 in Sialkot in the Punjab province of Pakistan.
  • He has a real deep connection to Hyderabad. He was reportedly married to another Hyderabadi, Ayesha Siddiqui in 2002. Interestingly, this wedding took place on a phone call from Sialkot to Hyderabad. When Ayesha Siddiqui came out with the allegation before the Sania-Shoaib wedding in 2010, Shoaib said that he had been fooled. He was shown a picture of a different woman and the woman he was married to was someone else. So, the marriage never took place in the eyes of the law. However, according to sharia, the marriage was legal. So there was a super quick divorce according to sharia where Malik said Talaq, Talaq, Talaq. He then married Sania.
  • Shoaib Malik was first selected for the Pakistan under–15 side and made his international debut for the Pakistan national team in 1999 aged only 17.
  • Aged 25 in 2007, he became the fourth youngest captain in Pakistan cricket history and almost led his side to a memorable T20 World cup championship only to lose to India in the finals.
  • He was banned from cricket in 2010 due to misconduct on the tour to Australia. The ban was later overturned.
  • As of 2015, he played his final test match for his country retiring from the format. According to him, he owed his comeback to Sania. Apparently, she told him, “Do you want to be remembered as the husband of Sania Mirza?” So, he worked hard and made his comeback and is now an integral part of the Pakistan ODI side.

They’ve been together through thick and thin. They’ve been criticized for everything including falling in love and marrying someone from across the border. However, they’ve stuck together and overcome all obstacles like true team-mates. Hats off to this amazing couple. May they have a long and prosperous marriage.

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