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    Twitterati Erupts as Indian Tennis Star Praises Pakistan’s Cricket Team

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    Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, who has won six grand slam titles, is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, who is playing at the world cup. Her marriage has often led to her receiving flak from trolls who question her loyalty towards her native country.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): Former doubles world No.1 Sania Mirza has been facing outrage on twitter from a section of Indian cricket fans for congratulating the Pakistani cricket team on their win against England in the Cricket World Cup 2019 on Monday. 

    ​Mirza, who is also a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia, has continued to represent India at various tournaments even after her marriage to Pakistani player Malik, who is playing in the ongoing Cricket World Cup in England.

    One fan questioned why she often congratulates Pakistan on their achievements, but her husband never reciprocates the gesture towards India.

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    Meanwhile, Pakistani fans were seemingly overwhelmed by her wishes and thanked her.

    However, amidst the cricket fans of the two countries exchanging digs at each other, there were also some who welcomed Mirza's gesture and hoped for peace between the two countries.

    India and Pakistan are supposed to take each other on in a group stage match of the Cricket World Cup on 16 June.

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