The gentleman’s game and the glamour world have a long association with each other. Both of them share a special bond. It is not just about couples from cricket and Bollywood but something that goes beyond.
Let us take a walk down memory lane to know about different relationships shared by cricket and Bollywood.
1. Mohsin Khan and Reena Roy
This Pakistani-Hindustani couple tied knot on April 1, 1983. The couple moved to Karachi after marriage but later the Pakistani opener and Indian beauty decided to move to London. There had been reports of trouble in their marriage which was due to Mohsin’s long tours which left Reena all alone. They have a daughter, Jannat. Their marriage could not last longer and they eventually got divorced.
2. Mohammad Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani
A wonderful player on field, Azhar had an affair with former Miss India, Sangeeta Bijlani after they were cast opposite to each other for a commercial shoot. Azhar, who was already married to Nureen got divorced after the news of his affair with Sangeeta did rounds in media. The couple tied knot in 1996 and had a successful marriage for 14 years after which they parted ways in 2010.
3. Sunil Gavaskar
As we already told you, it is not just about the bond of love. Cricketers have been seen on the silver screen as well. Sunil Gavaskar left audience mesmerised when he appeared in a Marathi movie Savli Premachi. He also did a cameo in Naseeruddin Shah’s hit flick, Maalamaal in 1988.
4. Ajay Jadeja
70mm seems to be the love of the cricketers. The quick finisher of Indian team was seen in a movie Khel in 2001. As the movie did not do well on the box office, Ajay Jadeja made a comeback through cricket commentary.
5. Vivian Richards and Neena Gupta
Well-known Tv and film actress, Neena Gupta was allegedly in a relationship with former West Indies player Vivian Richards. The actress, who was seen in movies like Gandhi, Mandi, Utsav and Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, started dating the master blaster during the 80s. They were blessed with a daughter Masaba in 1989.
6. Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore
The Bengali beauty and a wonderful actress met the royalty and Indian skipper Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi in 1965 while shooting for a movie. The prince-cum-cricketer fell in love with the actress at first sight. After four years of courtship, they got married in December, 1969.
7. Navjot Singh Sidhu
The witty host and cricketer is a man of many talents. He is a shayar, a politician and a commentator. He was seen in Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra starrer Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. He also featured in Punjabi movie, Mera Pind and made a cameo in Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor starrer ABCD 2.
8. Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra
Bhajji paaji, a fascinating bowler was bowled by the Bollywood beauty Geeta Basra. He recalls that he immediately fell for Geeta Basra when he saw her in the song Woh Ajnabee, from the movie The Train (2007). Harbhajan also did a cameo in the movie Second Hand Husband that featured Geeta Basra in a lead role. The couple exchanged their vows in October 2015 and were blessed with a baby girl Hinaya.
9. Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech
The all-rounder has a long list of link-ups with many Bollywood actresses like Kim Sharma, Preeti Janghiani, Ria Sen, Deepika Padukone, Minisha Lambha and Neha Dhupia. He finally found his love in British-Mauritian model Hazel Keech. They got engaged in 2015 and tied knot in November 30, 2016.
10. MS Dhoni
The journey of former skipper of Indian Cricket Team and widely known as ‘Captain cool’ wowed the audience through a biopic MS Dhoni: The UntoldStory on silver screen. The movie that starred Sushant Singh Rajput won many hearts.
11. Zahir Khan and Sagarika Ghatge
Ace fast bowler and the Chak De! girl surprised everyone with a picture of their court marriage on social media. The couple got hitched in the middle of IPL season 10. Their celebration was a private affair attended by very few of Bollywood and cricket biggies.
12. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma
The charming captain Kohli and the Bollywood diva began dating in 2013. The world saw Anushka Sharma cheering for Virat during various matches and the couple was also seen enjoying romantic getaways at exotic locations. The couple had a fairytale wedding in Italy in December, 2017