Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza. Photo courtesy: YouTube screengrab
Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza. Photo courtesy: YouTube screengrab

Among the most popular sports couples are the pair of Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza. While Malik is an accomplished Pakistan middle-order batsman who guided the side to many triumphs, the latter has made India proud in the field of tennis. Talking about the two games, Malik admitted that according to him, tennis is a tougher game than cricket. He also clarified that it is not because his wife plays the game but the game requires serious stamina to maintain throughout and keep on playing. READ: Sania Mirza’s epic response to Sanjay Manjrekar’s ‘ignorant’ tweet

Talking to Sportskeeda, Malik said, “Tennis is a much tougher sport than cricket. I’m not saying this because my wife is tough (laughs) but an individual sport like tennis is actually tougher than a team sport like cricket,” Malik said. “There are places to hide in a game like cricket but in tennis, there’s nowhere to go and you are right in the middle of the action all throughout the game.”

“I’ve seen her (Sania) playing one day in a city without knowing where she will be playing next time she is out on the field because once you a lose a match in tennis you are out of the particular tournament. To raise yourself up mentally having such thoughts at the back of your mind is really challenging. In team sports, you have coaches and the support staff as well as your teammates to back you but it is much tougher in the case of an individual sport,”