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Sania Mirza’s father breaks silence on rumours of tennis star marrying cricketer Mohammed Shami

Jun 22, 2024 04:16 PM IST

Sania Mirza’s father, Imran Mirza, finally settled the rumours of the tennis star marrying Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami once and for all.

After Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik divorced, rumours spread on the Internet that the tennis star may marry cricketer Mohammed Shami, who is also separated from his wife Hasin Jahan. However, in a recent interview, Mirza’s father, Imran Mirza, has settled the rumours once and for all.

Ace cricketer Mohammed Shami (left) and tennis leged Sania Mirza (right).
Ace cricketer Mohammed Shami (left) and tennis leged Sania Mirza (right).

In an interview with NDTV, Imran said that her daughter hasn’t even met the cricketer and that the rumours are “rubbish”. He said, “This is all rubbish. She has not even met him.”

The rumours stemmed from a photoshopped picture shared on Facebook on June 12 this year. The photo, originally from Sania and Shoaib’s wedding in April 2010, depicts the tennis legend in red wedding attire with Shami’s face digitally placed over Shoaib’s face.

“Finding a love interest”: Sania Mirza on The Great Indian Kapil Show

Sania recently appeared on the popular chat show - The Great Indian Kapil Show. On the show, she expressed “finding a love interest”.

In the promo of the new episode, Kapil Sharma was joined by guests Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal, and Sania Mirza. The comedian reminded Sania that Shah Rukh Khan had once said that he would play her love interest if a film on her was ever made. Sania then told Sharma, “Abhi mujhe pehle love interest dundna hai (I have to find a love interest first).”

She added, “If Shah Rukh Khan plays my love interest, I will take up the role (act in my own biopic). And if Akshay Kumar plays the role, I will definitely do it.”

Sania Mirza’s latest Instagram post amid wedding rumours

Sania embarked on a Hajj pilgrimage in June to “seek redemption and spiritual renewal”. She further hopes to return as a “better human being with a humble heart and stronger imaan”.

Sania, in her Instagram post, wrote, “Dear friends and loved ones, I have been blessed with the incredible opportunity to embark on the sacred journey of Hajj.”

“As I prepare for this transformative experience, I humbly ask for your forgiveness for any wrongdoings and shortcomings. My heart is filled with gratitude for this chance to seek redemption and spiritual renewal. I pray that Allah accepts my prayers and guides me on this blessed path. I am deeply fortunate and feel immensely grateful. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I embark on this journey of a lifetime. I hope to come back as a better human being with a humble heart and stronger imaan,” the 37-year-old tennis legend added.

Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik: Marriage and divorce

Shoaib and Sania got married in Hyderabad in April 2010, and they used to live in Dubai. In October 2018, the couple was blessed with a son, Ihzaan Mirza Malik, who lives with Sania.

After Shoaib Malik announced his second marriage to Pakistani actress Sana Javed on 20 January 2024 on social media, Sania’s family issued a statement. It read, “Sania has always kept her personal life away from the public eye. However, today, the need has arisen for her to share that Shoaib and she have been divorced for a few months now. She wishes Shoaib well for his new journey ahead! At this sensitive period of her life, we would like to request all fans and well-wishers to refrain from indulging in any speculation and to respect her need for privacy.”

News agency PTI quoted a family source saying that Sania had unilaterally divorced her husband. “It was a ‘khula’,” PTI quoted a family source as saying. Khula refers to the right of a Muslim woman to divorce her husband unilaterally.

Days before Shoaib’s second marriage to Sana, Sani shared a cryptic Instagram Story. It read, “Marriage is hard. Divorce is hard. Choose your hard. Obesity is hard. Being fit is hard. Choose your hard. Being in debt is hard. Being financially disciplined is hard. Choose your hard. Communication is hard. Not communicating is hard. Choose your hard. Life will never be easy. It will always be hard. But we can choose our hard. Pick wisely.”

Mohammed Shami’s personal life

Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami married Hasin Jahan in 2014. The couple have one child. The cricketer and his wife separated in 2018 after she accused him of domestic violence and adultery.

Amid the wedding rumours with Sania, which have now ended, Shami shared a Reel on Instagram yesterday, June 20, showing him working out at a gym. Alongside, he wrote, “Every day is another chance to get stronger.”

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