Cricket and Bollywood are two of the most glamorous professions in our nation and we Indians are crazy for both the industries. And when these two come together, it’s a major treat for fans. There are many Indian cricketers who found love in actresses and went on to marry them.
Here are 7 Bollywood-met-cricket love stories:
1- Hardik Pandya and Natasa Stankovic
The most talked couple in today’s date is Hardik Pandya and Natasa Stankovic. Hardik took the internet on storm when he announced that he got engaged to Natasa on January 1, 2020. Recently, he shared the good news of Natasa’s pregnancy with his fans after posting a series of pictures of their home wedding.
2- Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma
The power couple of Bollywood and cricket, Virat and Anushka met during a shampoo ad in 2013, fell in love, but broke up for a brief period, only to get back together soon. In December 2017, the couple tied the knot in a secret wedding ceremony in Tuscany, Italy, attended by close friends and family.
3- Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech
Yuvraj had work hard to woo Hazel over many dates and was constantly following her on social media. Yuvraj, in an interview revealed that every time he asked Hazel out for coffee, she would agree, switch off her phone and would not turn up for the date. Their love story started off through a common friend and they eventually got engaged in 2015 and married in 2016.
4- Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge
Chak De! India fame Sagarika Ghatge married Zaheer Khan in November 2017. The couple, who kept their relationship under wraps for a long time, announced their engagement on social media and got the whole country talking about them. They made their relationship public when they attended Yuvraj and Hazel’s wedding reception together.
5- Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra
Initially, Geeta Basra was not interested in having a relationship with Harbhajan Singh. According to Harbhajan, Geeta had told him, “We will be friends first and then see.” After months of pursuing Geeta, they officially started dating and got married in 2015. And according to reports, Shah Rukh Khan played cupid for the two. The couple has a daughter named Hinaya.
6- Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore
This royal couple met in 1965 and, despite the differences in their families, nothing stopped them from falling in love. Sharmila and Mansoor Ali Khan, who tied the knot in 1969, have probably given us one of the earliest Bollywood-cricket love stories.
7- Manish Pandey and Ashrita Shetty
Cricketer Manish Pandey got hitched to Ashrita Shetty, who is a South Indian actress, on December 2, 2019. The couple is well settled in their respective careers so far.
8. Mohammad Azharuddin & Sangeeta Bijlani
Captain of the then Indian cricket team, Mohammad Azharuddin ( Azhar) was already married and a father of two. Sangeeta who was slowly gaining success in Bollywood fell in love with Azhar after a high-profile break-up with Salman Khan. The two, amidst much negativity from people around them, including their huge fanbase, got married in the year 1996. Sangeet even changed her name to Ayesha Azhar post marriage. After 14 years of marriage, the couple parted ways in the year 2010.