T20 World Cup 2021: Sania Mirza reacts hilariously after Team India fans call Shoaib Malik ‘jeeja ji’
On Sunday, Malik returned to playing international cricket after a gap of nearly 14 months.
Updated - Oct 26, 2021 2:25 pm
Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik is at the fag end of his career, but his fan following hasn’t taken a dip by any means. On Sunday, October 24, he played his first game for Pakistan after almost 14 months and the crowd cheered for him. The veteran was a part of the marquee clash between India and Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the T20 World Cup 2021.
He didn’t get a chance to bat as Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan guided Pakistan through to a 10-wicket win. Virat Kohli and Co. asked the Men in Green to chase down 152 after which Babar and Rizwan made a mockery of the run-chase. Apart from cheering for Malik, the fans also poked fun at him. Malik got married to Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on April 12, 2010.
Fans cheer for Shoaib Malik
For over a decade, Shoaib and Sania have given young couples plenty of couple goals. They also have a son, named Izhaan Mirza Malik, who was born in 2018. When Malik was fielding near the boundary, a few fans called him ‘jeeja ji’, which means brother-in-law. The cheers for Malik were loud and clear. A fan uploaded the video on Twitter on Monday.
Mirza, who has won six Grand Slam titles in her illustrious career, reacted to the fan video. The 34-year-old posted a couple of ‘laughing’ emoticons followed by two ‘heart’ emotions
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) October 25, 2021
Before coming to the World Cup, Malik last played any form of cricket for Pakistan way back in September 2020 during the tour of England. He played a couple of warm-up matches against the West Indies and South Africa and scored 14* and 28 respectively. He should next be seen on the park in Pakistan’s second Super 12 match on Tuesday, October 26 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Prior to that, he also played a few matches for Central Punjab in the National T20 Cup. In 117 T20Is for Pakistan, Malik has churned out 2335 runs at an average of 31.13 and a strike rate of 124.20. He has also picked 28 wickets in the format since his debut back in 2006. Malik doesn’t play Test and ODI cricket anymore.
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