Cricket is deemed as a ‘religion’ in this country. There is no doubt that it’s the most-watched sport in India. Indian cricketers get paid handsomely for representing the country and they are known to lead a luxurious life.
Apart from earning in the international arena, they also get tonnes of bonuses from the cash-rich Indian Premier League. To put it in simple terms, earning money for them is as easy as a pie.
Cricketers also love to lead the team by the epitome of class. We just can’t judge their character based on their attitude on the field. They play with passion, pride, grit and determination to win games and in the process, some display sheer aggressiveness. But off the field, they are totally different people altogether.
Bollywood actresses and cricketers formed a relationship. While some became life partners and for others, that wasn’t meant to be. In this article, we will take a look at 10 instances when Bollywood and Cricket formed a relationship.
1. Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli :
The most beloved of all celebrity couples, Anushka and Virat finally tied the knot in Italy, after years of dating. When the couple initially started dating they were surrounded by a lot of controversies. But they persevered and as a result, they now share a beautiful baby girl, Vamika.
2. Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech:
Another crowd’s favourite couples are Yuvraj and Hazel. They initially met at a birthday party and around the year 2014, the news of their engagement surfaced. They got married in November later the same year. When they appeared in the Kapil Sharma Show in an episode the crowd and the audience could not get enough of how adorable they both were together.
3. Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra :
Harbhajan married Geeta his girlfriend of seven years in October 2015. Harbhajan was smitten by Geeta after watching her on the big screen in her debut film, “The Train”. During the T20 when India went to play in South Africa, the two exchanged numbers, and the following year during the IPL they both met and after a cup of coffee, the rest is history.
4. Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatgre:
The gorgeous Sagarika Ghatgre got hitched with the former India pacer Zaheer Khan in November 2017. The two kept their relationship private until they announced their engagement in April 2017. His proposal was quite romantic and in the middle of IPL when she accompanied him to Goa. They had a private court marriage with only close friends and family in attendance.
5. Mohammad Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani:
The romance between Azharuddin and Sangeeta may have been a short affair but as Azharuddin was reportedly acclaimed, it was love at first sight. Their relationship was all the rage back in the ’90s and dominated all the newspapers. first met her during an ad shoot in 1985. The two got married in 1996 after divorcing his first wife with whom he shared two sons. They later separated in 2010.
6. Neena Gupta and Vivian Richards:
Neena and sir Vivian’s relationship did not sit well with the Indian media and was subjected to a lot of stir and gossip as he was still married at the time they had their affair. Although the two did not tie the knot they share a daughter who is now the famous designer, Masaba Gupta.
7. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore:
They are rightfully the torchbearers of the Bollywood-Cricket union. The two met through common friends and got married in 1965 even though they faced stiff opposition regarding their union at the time. It was the most talked-about marriage as Sharmila was an extremely successful actress and the face of many movies. The two share three children, Saif Ali Khan, Soha Ali Khan, and Saba Ali Khan.
8. Hardik Pandya and Natasa Stankovic:
Hardik found love with his best friend Natasa Stankovic. In 2020 no one could hold on to their seats when they announced their engagement in January. More shockingly the couple announced through social media In July that they were both pregnant and getting married.
9. KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty:
The couple was the talk of the town when they first confirmed their relationship in 2021. On Athiya’s birthday, he posted a picture of them together with an equally mushy and romantic caption. After confirming their relationship, there has also been some speculation about their marriage this year.
10. Ravi Shastri and Amrita Singh:
Ravi and Amrita are said to have had a fleeting romance. Amrita was reportedly seen cheering for Ravi in one of his matches as the cricketer entered the field. It was a short affair that was only limited to the newspapers and tabloids after the couple parted ways and Amrita went on to marry Saif Ali Khan and Ravi married Ritu Singh.