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Married to the former captain of Pakistan cricket team, Shoaib Malik, ace tennis player, Sania Mirza had fought against all the odds, in her personal as well as professional life to fulfill her dreams. Sania had shot to fame with the Wimbledon's Championships Girls' Doubles title at the age of 16 and she was ranked as India's No. 1 player by the Women's Tennis Association, both in singles and doubles circuits. Her professional journey is an inspiration to every girl and is a proof that the sky’s the limit. Her cross-nation love story with Shoaib had blurred the geographical lines between the two nations. (Also Read: Soha Ali Khan's Daughter Inaaya Naumi Kemmu Aiming To Reach Her Balloons Proves That Sky's The Limit)
So, when Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik had taken a step ahead in their relationship and had embraced parenthood with a baby boy in October 2018, they already had made a decision about the little one’s surname. Sania and Shoaib had mutually decided that their baby would not only take the father’s family name (i.e. Malik) forward, but Mirza too. Hence, when Izhaan was born on October 30, 2018, Sania and Shoaib had proudly announced his name to be Izhaan Mirza Malik. Since the birth of Izhaan, Sania’s social media handles and her life revolves around the little one and she makes sure to treat her fans with adorable glimpses of her baby boy.
A while back, Sania Mirza reposted a picture of Izhaan Mirza Malik, playing chess and it was Mohammad Asaduddin, who titled the little star as a ‘Grand Master’. Dressed in a printed shirt and pyjamas, Izhaan looked super-adorable as he played the game of chess. Sania wrote, “That kind of morning” atop the picture. For the uninitiated, the one-and-a-half-year-old Izhaan already has an Instagram account, managed by his mommy, Sania. Izhaan got his first haircut and a picture of the same on his account, the caption stated, “Thank God for my first hair cut yesterday... now finally Amma will stop putting those hair clips in my hair.”
Sania Mirza’s baby sister, Anam Mirza had said ‘Qubool Hai’ to Mohammad Asaduddin, son of Mohammad Azharuddin (Indian team's cricket former captain) on December 11, 2019. But do you know who the star of #AbBasAnamHi wedding was? It was Sania and Shoaib’s little munchkin, Izhaan Mirza Malik, who was super-excited for the wedding of his ‘ansikoo’ and ‘Asad Khaloo’. For the mehendi ceremony, Izhaan had looked like a cotton ball in a beige-coloured kurta-pyjama with a floral printed jacket. For the sangeet night, Izhaan had stolen our hearts in a blue and green-coloured kurta. Finally, for the wedding, Sania’s ‘little sunshine’, Izzi had looked suave in a navy-blue coloured velvet suit. Baby Izhaan had truly stolen our hearts with his cuteness and charm! (Also Read: Mira Rajput Kapoor Flaunts Her Mehendi Clad Hand Done By Little Missy, Misha Kapoor With Sketch Pens)
Coming back to Izhaan’s ‘Mirza Malik’ surname, during a panel discussion on "Gender Bias" at the Goa Fest 2018, Sania Mirza had expressed her wish to take her family name, Mirza, forward with her child. She was quoted as saying, “Today I will tell you a secret. My husband and I have spoken about it and we have decided that whenever we have a child, the child will have Mirza Malik as a surname and not just Malik. So that’s where we stand as a family including my husband. He actually wants a daughter.”
Sania Mirza had spoken about the gender discrimination that prevailed in her extended family, who would advise her parents to have a son so that their family can go ahead. There were times when she had to fight with her relatives over this. Sania’s parents never felt the need of a son to carry their legacy forward. Sania had elaborated, “We are two sisters and have never wished that we had a brother. I have had fights with my uncles and aunts, who talk about it or come up and tell my parents that they should have had a son. For us, daughters are daughters and there was nothing like wanting a son to carry the family name forward.” Emphasizing on the fact that daughters too can take a family name forward, Sania had asserted, “I have not changed my surname (post marriage) and my name is still Sania Mirza and it will remain that way. The family name is going to go forward.”
To make Izhaan Mirza Malik’s first birthday extra-special, his star mommy, Sania Mirza had posted a lovely wish for her aankhon ka taara. Sharing a picture of the ‘just born’ Izhaan, smiling on his first day in this world, Sania had written, “Exactly one year since you came into this world and became our world... you smiled the first day you were born and continue to spread smiles everywhere you go... my truest, purest most amazing boy... I LOVE YOU and I promise to be by your side until my last breath... Happy Birthday my little angel. I pray Allah gives you everything you work towards and desire and continue to grow into the most loving and gentle boy that you already are... InshaAllah... Thank you for choosing us my little Izhaan #HappybirthdayIzhaan.” (Also Read: Sania Mirza Pens A Note On Her Weight-Loss Journey Post-Pregnancy, Shares An Astonishing Picture)
Izhaan Mirza Malik always steals our hearts with his cuteness and charm! Truckloads of love to this tiny tot.
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