When all the celebrities posted positive tweets and posts about India’s defeat against Pakistan, it was Sania Mirza’s tweet that faced a backlash. People criticized her and called her tweet diplomatic. We all know Sania Mirza is married to Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Malik, and this is why people started questioning her nationality.
This is what the International Tennis player posted on Twitter when India lost the ICC Champions Trophy’s final.
🇮🇳 lost the cricket but won in hockey against 🇵🇰 Congratulations Team India and congratulations Team Pakistan 🇵🇰 sport is a great leveller!
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 18, 2017
Here’s how people reacted to Sania Mirza’s tweet:
Don't be diplomatic bhabi
Hockey doesn't matter u know aj Fathers day ha gandi aulad ko boht maar pari ha aj
— Rana Ghulam Dastgeer (@RaanaDastgir) June 18, 2017
pls express your real feelings…..
Are you happy or sad
Pls don't post diplomatic quotes, we have politicians for diplomacy..
— Rashu (@rashutandon1982) June 18, 2017
ये दोगली बाते ना करो हमारे साथ "आज शर्म लिहाज सब भूल सकते है "दोगले लोगो"
— THINKER TANK (@PunkDcruz) June 18, 2017
Abe saali karam jali tu congratulations mat de. …. pakistani kai kiAdvertisement
— round_prem (@Prem20494232) June 18, 2017
Wesay ander ander se apka dil ker rha hai nara marne ko "Pakistan Zindabad" 😉
— Shahid Fareed (@Shahid_Farid) June 18, 2017
Mirza ji aapke muh se india ki tareef achchhi nahi lagti
— Pankaj Prajapati (@PankajP76358860) June 18, 2017
Sania got trolled and was even asked if she is not happy with Pakistan’s victory. After receiving a huge backlash for a simple tweet, the player has now vented her anger and thrashed the trolls in her recent interview.
I’m pretty numb to them. It is very easy to sit and judge someone from the outside and, honestly, I feel sad for the haters. I don’t have that many – it’s probably 20 percent haters and 80 percent good – but it’s still a large number of people. I feel sad for them that they have so much hate for a person they don’t even know. To have such a strong dislike toward someone you have never met or have no idea about, and who you’re so irrelevant to – you’ve got to be really miserable.
While talking about how people make a game a matter of life and death, Sania said,
I support my husband, of course, but I support India, too. It’s not as dramatic as people want to make it sound. They think we are at each other with knives every time India plays Pakistan. It’s not like that. We have to remember it’s sport. That’s the message every athlete wants to put across. It doesn’t matter. When India lost to Pakistan, they lost a game of cricket, that’s the bottom line. It’s not war, a matter of life and death.
She also talked about the sportsman spirit which the players of both teams displayed,
There were some amazing visuals the ICC put out after the match: my husband was talking to [India players] Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli, sharing a joke. It was 10 minutes after the match, before the presentation ceremony. That is the spirit of the game.
Talking about the similarities between India and Pakistan, Mirza said,
India and Pakistan are so similar: we speak the same language, eat the same food, most things are the same. They [the teams] actually get along with each other as well as, or probably better than, with other people because the cultures are so similar. I find it absurd that people can’t understand that, but maybe if you don’t play a sport it’s tough.
Sania has a tendency of ignoring things and that’s what keeps her going even after getting trolled a hundred times on social media.
It doesn’t really matter what a random guy sitting 5,000 miles away is saying to me. I don’t take anything to heart, whether it’s good or bad, because neither of them lasts.
To some extent we do agree with the player. It’s good to support your favorite team but, while showing your love towards it, one should never forget the sportsman spirit.