India vs Pakistan, done right: Watch Sania Mirza take on Shoaib Malik in an ad that’s gone viral

FP Sports, Mar, 16 2016

The ties between India and Pakistan have been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons — the change in venue of the ICC World Twenty20 match between the two countries, Pakistan team's security concerns, captain Shahid Afridi's statements about the love he has received in India.

So when an advertisement featuring the most popular cross-border sports couple, Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik in their domestic element hit the internet, it was bound to go viral .

Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik in a screengrab from the ad.

Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik in a screengrab from the ad.

The ad in question is for Nestle Everyday and features the couple disagreeing over simple things (like most couples) and arguing over which country is better (like most Indians and Pakistanis, no doubt.)

So while Sania roots for Sachin Tendulkar's straight drive, her husband is all for Shoaib Akhtar's yorker, she prefers Amritsar ke laddu, he thinks Multan ka soan halwa is better, she says old Hindi songs, he says Pakistan pop songs and so on.

So when do they finally agree? Of course, when they both decide that the product advertised is the best, on both sides of the border.

The ad could not have come at a more opportune time with the ICC World T20 being held in India, as is evident from the one lakh plus hits it has received on YouTube at the time this was being written.

With the much-anticipated India-Pakistan clash on Saturday, 19 March, one wonders if this agreeable phase will last long. After all it is not a secret that Sania supports India when it comes to cricket. Ahead of the Asia Cup T20 clash between the two last month, Malik was quoted by an NDTV report as saying, "We maintain the same status. She (Sania) supports Team India and wants her husband to do well, perform well in the middle if he is playing."

Watch the full ad here

Published Date: Mar 16, 2016 | Updated Date: Mar 16, 2016

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