By Akanksha Gupta Last Updated:
'Love beyond boundaries' perfectly defines the journey of Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Malik and Indian tennis player, Sania Mirza. Blurring the geographical lines between the two nations, Sania and Shoaib are the power couple, who met in the third country where it all started. Sania and Shoaib knew each other socially but it was a chance meeting at Hobart, Tasmania, over a meal of tarka daal and rice that changed everything and set the ball rolling.
Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza started talking and liking each other during their Australia tour and the rest, as they say, is history! For Sania, there wasn't a specific moment but a bunch of moments together which made her realise her love for Shoaib as it happened over time. For Shoaib also, who is a firm believer of destiny, it was a succession of moments that made him realise he and Sania are meant to be together.
It's been eleven years since Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza embarked on their 'happily ever after' journey as husband and wife, and their cross-border relationship looks so effortless that it makes everyone wonder how they made it work. In an interview with Ok! Pakistan, Sania and Shoaib commented on the same. Shoaib was quoted as saying, "It takes a fair bit of planning and coordination between the two of us to make it come together like it does – far from effortless, I would say, but totally worth it."
Elaborating on making their relationship work effortlessly, despite the odds, Sania Mirza said, "Like any other relationship cross-border, not every relationship is hard. It's not how it always looks. It looks like it's been very easy, it's been very difficult at some moments. But I think we've both understood our priorities, we've both understood what's important to us and how to handle certain situations, so it's really not effortless, a lot of effort goes into it, a lot of effort goes into scheduling and into communication."
Speaking of their high-pressure jobs impacting their relationship, Saina Mirza added, "We are both part of very high pressure jobs – so a lot of effort goes into keeping our relationship stable if we are having a bad day – which happens a lot of the time as well. So, it's not effortless, like every relationship it is hard work but Alhamdulillah we've done well."
Shoaib Malik also spoke about the equation he shares with Sania Mirza's parents and sister. Revealing how he is a much-indulged damaad, Shoaib said, "The food, but of course; from my mother-in-law's fabulous 'Bhuna Gosht' to her delicious 'Chicken 65', I am a much indulged 'damaad', whenever I visit. I feel very much at home when I spend time across the border. I'm very friendly with Sania's family and we can discuss anything under the sun. I have a great equation with my father-in-law, my sister-in-law Anam who is more like a sister to me. I am also very close to Sania's Uncle, Babu Chacha."
We wish many more years of togetherness and love to Shoaib and Sania!