11 Famous Cricketers Who broke Religious Norms and Married Outside Their Religion

11 Famous Cricketers Who broke Religious Norms and Married Outside Their Religion

while many still struggle to live life as per their terms in the 21st century, there are a few celebs who’ve managed to break all norms of religion and caste for their loved ones. Right from Bollywood celebrities, to sports personalities, the love story of these celebs is bound to inspire you to take a leap of faith and knit your very own story of love.

1. Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge

The best bowler of Indian cricket team, Zaheer Khan married Hindu actress Sagarika Ghatge.

2. Dinesh Karthik and Deepika Pallikal

After his separation with his first wife who is married to Murali Vijay now, Karthik eventually fell for squash star Dipika Pallikal and got married to her. While Dinesh belongs to Hindu Telegu community, Dipika is a Christian. The both got married twice to go through the rituals of both the sides.

3. Manoj Prabhakar and Farhane

Indian player Manoj married Farhane who is related with Bollywood and is a Muslim.

4. Saba Karim and Rashmi

Indian wicketkeeper Saba Karim has married Rashmi who is of Hindu religion.

5. Ajit Agkar and Fatima

The Indian pacer found his love of life in a Shia girl observing Islam religion. Fatima Ghadhially, the sister of Mumbai based first class cricketer Mazhar Ghadially, got married to Agarkar and is living happily with her son and husband in Worly.

6. Mohammed Kaif and Pooja Yadav

Known for his special fielding Mohammed Kaif married Pooja Yadav who is a journalist and is a Hindu by religion.

7. Mohammed Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani

An array of rumors proved themselves to be true when then skipper of Indian cricket team Mohammad Azharuddin married model-turned-actress Sangita Bijlani. Azhar had a marriage prior to Sangeeta, whom he divorced and moved on with the actress who is a Hindu while the cricketer supports Islam. Though it made much news, the marriage wasn’t a fruitful one as the couple got separated after 9 years of their togetherness.

8. Nawab Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore

One of the most lavish marriage of their era might have been the one between Bollywood beauty Sharmila Tagore and MAK Pataudi. Being the descendent of a royal family, Mansur was called the nawab of Pataudi and observed Islam religion while Sharmila was a Bengali Hindu girl. But the difference did not quite affect the duo as the lady converted to Islam with the name Ayesha Sultana. They got married in the year 1967 after a long courtship and lived happily ever after with their children.

9. Vinod Kambli and Andrea Hewitt

After the divorce from his first wife Noella Lewis, Kambli married a Christian model, Andrea Hewitt. The otherwise flamboyant Kambli had an intimate church wedding with Andrea. The couple had a child in June 2010.

10. Wasim Akram and Shaniera

Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram, after losing his first wife married Christian beauty Shaniera from Australia. The couple is happily married.

11. Mohammad Imran Tahir and Sumayya Dildar

South African cricketer Mohammad Imran Tahir who was born in Pakistan has married his Hindu girlfriend Sumayya Dildar.