In India, the two primary sources of entertainment for a majority of the population is cricket and Bollywood. Only a cricket match or a blockbuster movie has the power to stop the clock in this country.
The popular entities from the two fraternities have a huge fan following. Also, the association between a cricketer and a Bollywood actress proved to be successful when it comes to marriage.
Further, the union of the two personalities have garnered a substantial amount of attention in the media.
Today, let’s have a look at the Indian cricketers who married Bollywood actress:
1.) Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore
Tiger Pataudi was one of the youngest players to captain India in Test cricket. Pataudi met actor Sharmila Tagore in an after-party in Delhi back in 1965.
The union of the Pataudi and Tagore family was opposed by many. Despite the religious differences, their union proved to be one of the successful ones after Pataudi tied the knot with Sharmila in 1969.
2.) Mohammad Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani
One of the most successful Indian captains, Mohammad Azharuddin, met former Miss India Sangeet Bijlani during an ad shoot in 1985 and fell in love at first sight.
The two took the vows in 1996. However, their marriage did not last long as the two went their separate ways after filing for divorce in 2010.
3.) Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra
Joining the bandwagon, the Turbanator, Harbhajan Singh, fell for Bollywood actress Geeta Basra, who starred in movies such as ‘The Train’ and ‘Dil Diya Hai’. The Punjabi couple got married in a grand ceremony on October 29, 2015, in Phagwara, 20 km outside Jalandhar.
4.) Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech
When it comes to associations between Bollywood actors and cricketers, even Yuvraj Singh did not fall behind. After a failed affair with Kim Sharma, Yuvi fell for ‘Ready’ actor Hazel Keech.
After initially denying, Hazel finally appreciated Yuvraj’s effort, and the two eventually got married in November 2016.
5.) Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge
After having an affair with actress Isha Sharvani, former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan married ‘Chak de India’ sensation Sagarika Ghatge in 2017. The duo from Mumbai has been happily living after ever since.
6.) Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma
‘Virushka’ was the talk of the town for several years since the love-birds met during an advertisement of ‘Head and Shoulders’, back in 2014. Anushka came into the limelight with Yash Raj’s ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’ and since then has given her audience several blockbusters.
After dating for a while, the two finally took vows in a private ceremony organized in Venice, Italy on 11 December 2017. Also, the power couple has been the most talked about and high-profile association in recent years between cricket and Bollywood.