The Bol­ly­wood-cricket love story

As crick­eter Harb­ha­jan Singh and ac­tor Geeta Basra get ready to tie the knot on Oc­to­ber 29 in Punjab, here are other crick­eters who fell in love with Bol­ly­wood stars in the past

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety - TEXT: AN­JURI NA­YAR SINGH

Vi­vian Richards and Neena Gupta

Ac­tor Neena Gupta was in a re­la­tion­ship with for­mer West In­dian crick­eter Vi­vian Richards and had daugh­ter Masaba with him. Masaba, born in 1989, is a fash­ion de­signer.

Mo­ham­mad Azharud­din and Sangeeta Bi­jlani Ac­tor Sangeeta Bi­jlani was mar­ried to the for­mer In­dia cricket cap­tain for 14 years. How­ever, the two parted ways in 2010. Sangeeta re­port­edly asked for a di­vorce due to Azhar’s al­leged link up with bad­minton player Jwala Gutta.

Ravi Shas­tri and Am­rita Singh

For­mer In­dian cricket cap­tain and com­men­ta­tor Ravi Shas­tri was in a se­ri­ous re­la­tion­ship with ac­tor Am­rita Singh in the late 80s. Am­rita was of­ten spot­ted in the stands dur­ing Shas­tri’s matches. How­ever, the two broke up and Shas­tri mar­ried Ritu in 1990. Am­rita mar­ried ac­tor Saif Ali Khan a year later.

Anushka Sharma and Vi­rat Kohli

Anushka Sharma and crick­eter Vi­rat Kohli have been dat­ing since 2013. The PK ac­tor ad­mit­ted to their re­la­tion­ship in March this year when she said: “We are not hid­ing any­thing. We are two nor­mal young peo­ple in a re­la­tion­ship.”

Man­soor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore

Vet­eran ac­tor Sharmila Tagore mar­ried Man­soor Ali Khan Pataudi in 1967. The cou­ple were to­gether un­til the crick­eter’s death in 2011. About her life post mar­riage, Sharmila was once quoted as say­ing, “I haven’t given up any­thing (af­ter mar­ry­ing Pataudi). He is very lib­eral in views.”

Wasim Akram and Sush­mita Sen

The for­mer Pak­istani crick­eter and Sush­mita Sen be­came close while work­ing to­gether on a TV show in 2008. While there were re­ports of the two ty­ing the knot, they both de­nied it.

Gary Sobers and Anju Ma­hen­droo

The West Indies all-rounder was bowled over by ac­tor Anju Ma­hen­droo when they met dur­ing West Indies’ 1966-67 tour of In­dia. Anju was only 17 at the time. The re­la­tion­ship was brief, but it is be­lieved that the two also got en­gaged in a se­cret cer­e­mony.

Yu­vraj Singh and Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone was ru­moured to be in a re­la­tion­ship with crick­eter Yu­vraj Singh in 2008. But some re­ports sug­gested that Yu­vraj’s pos­ses­sive na­ture cre­ated is­sues be­tween the two and they parted ways. They are now on good terms and were spot­ted shar­ing a warm hug at an event a few months back.

Yu­vraj Singh and Kim Sharma:

Crick­eter Yu­vraj Singh and ac­tor Kim Sharma were in a steady re­la­tion­ship for four years be­fore part­ing ways in 2007. Re­ports also sug­gested that the cou­ple was plan­ning to marry. Yu­vraj’s mother re­port­edly did not ap­prove of her son’s choice.

Za­heer Khan and Isha Sher­wani

While the two have parted ways now, crick­eter Za­heer Khan and ac­tor Isha Sher­wani started dat­ing in 2005 and were to­gether for eight years. There were spec­u­la­tions that the two could not cope up with a longdis­tance re­la­tion­ship.

MS Dhoni and Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone was also said to be dat­ing crick­eter Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni. The ru­mour sparked off in 2007 when Dhoni ad­mit­ted to hav­ing a crush on her and in­vited her to the T-20 cricket match against Aus­tralia. How­ever, the two never ad­mit­ted to their ro­mance in public.

Shoaib Akhtar and Son­ali Bendre

The for­mer Pak­istani crick­eter and Son­ali Bendre met dur­ing the Indo-Pak se­ries in 2004, and in some in­ter­views, Shoaib ad­mit­ted his feel­ings for Son­ali. There were even re­ports that he pro­posed mar­riage to Son­ali, but it didn’t ma­te­ri­alise as Shoaib’s mother was against the re­la­tion­ship.


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