Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has criticised tennis star Sania Mirza for deciding to marry Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik saying “had Sania's heart been Indian, it wouldn't have beaten for a Pakistani.”

“Henceforth, Sania will not remain an Indian. If she wished to play for India, she should have chosen an Indian life partner,” he said in an editorial in the Friday edition of Shiv Sena's mouthpiece Saamna.

“For Shoaib, India is an enemy, not only in the sports arena but also on the battlefield,” he said.

Mr. Thackeray expressed surprise over the alacrity with, which Sania's family members were granted Pakistani visas. “Getting a Pakistani visa is tough even for a singer like Lata Mangeshkar.”