How often have we been shocked by the sight of a celebrity cricketer and a Bollywood beauty arriving hand in hand at the airport from a foreign tour, or gossiped that some actress is probably dating a cricketer in secret? Love Affairs between Cricketers and Bollywood Stars is nothing new in the town. Here we are bringing some of the most fascinating stories out for you
Some of these stories have turned out to be sweet fairy-tale love stories, while many of the others met bitter ends. Some even left us wondering if they were at all true or just rumours. Let’s take a look at the Bitter and Sweet Love Affairs between Cricketers and Bollywood Stars.
- Love Affairs between Cricketers and Bollywood Stars
- Royal Love Story: Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
- When Love Met Racism: Anju Mahendru and Gary Sobers
- Match Made in Glamour-Heaven: Zeenat Aman and Imran Khan
- When North Met South: Sarika and Kapil Dev
- The Glam Couple: Amrita Singh and Ravi Sastri
- Distance Relationship: Neena Gupta and Vivian Richards
- Cross-Border Love Story: Mohsin Khan and Reena Roy
- Against all Odds: Azhar Uddin and Sangeeta Bijlani
- Love Or Distraction? Sourav Ganguly and Nagma
- A “Friendly” Match: Wasim Akram and Sushmita Sen
- Cuteness Overload: Zaheer Khan and Isha Sharvani
- With no Big Buzz: Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra
- True or False? Sreesanth and Riya Sen
- What Everyone Forgot About: Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Deepika Padukone
- The Big Bang: Yuvraj Singh and Deepika Padukone
- A Short Stint: Yuvraj Singh and Kim Sharma
- Not a Fairy-Tale: Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma
Love Affairs between Cricketers and Bollywood Stars
Royal Love Story: Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
The most successful among the bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars dates back to 1965, when one of the greatest Indian players, Nawab Pataudi got introduced to Sharmila, the Bengali beauty from the noted Tagore family, through common friends. Legend says, Pataudi tried to woo Tagore by gifting her with a refrigerator. Years of pursuing her and sending her roses later, she agreed, and after overcoming family oppositions, they tied the knot in 1967. They went strong for 42 years, during which they had three kids. Death did them apart, when Pataudi passed away in 2011.
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When Love Met Racism: Anju Mahendru and Gary Sobers
Rajesh Khanna’s eternal “other woman” Anju Mahendru, while struggling in Bollywood to make it as a leading lady, caught the attention of legendary West Indian all-rounder Gary Sobers, when the team was touring India during the 60’s. Mahendru herself was quite smitten by the charming young man, as well. The two fell deeply in love, and were set to get hitched. But, Anju’s parents did not want their daughter to wed a “black” man, and like a good daughter of racist parents, Anju respected the decision. Thus, another one of the bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars ended bitterly.
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Match Made in Glamour-Heaven: Zeenat Aman and Imran Khan
Imran Khan was not only a great cricketer from Pakistan, but also a heart-throb among across the world, and was quite a playboy. Bollywood bombshell Zeenat Aman was no less in popularity in the 70’s. So, when they started dating, it created quite a stir. However, their relationship did not last long, and hence stayed on the unfortunate side of the bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars. While some blame the bitter end on the religious and national divide, the rumour that goes stronger is that Zeenat had started dating Sanjay Khan, and Imran allegedly went after Benazir Bhutto.
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When North Met South: Sarika and Kapil Dev
South India’s sultry siren, Sarika, was allegedly involved with India’s first World Cup winning captain, Kapil Dev. However, yet another one of the bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars neither met a happy ending, nor was it even confirmed. It is rumoured that the family members of the cricketer were happy with the pair and they had even started making arrangements for their wedding. But, ultimately, Dev married his on-and-off girlfriend, Romi, and Sarika married actor Kamal Hassan.
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The Glam Couple: Amrita Singh and Ravi Sastri
Amrita Singh was only a Bollywood starlet when she got smitten by the original cricket glam-boy, Ravi Shastri. She was seen cheering for him in the stands of Sarjah. But Shastri was a player, on the field and off it, and the two went their separate ways after a brief relationship. At the end of one of the most talked about ones of the bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars, Amrita Singh married Saif Ali Khan, son of another famous cricket-Bollywood couple, Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
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Distance Relationship: Neena Gupta and Vivian Richards
Celebrated West Indian cricketer Sir Vivian Richards and National Film Award winning Bollywood actress Neena Gupta fell in love, and the two got involved with each other despite the fact that Richards was married at that time. Naturally, their relationship created controversies and made headlines at that time. But, one of the most scandalous of the bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars never ended in marriage. The couple’s love child, Masaba, now a designer, lives with her mother.
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Cross-Border Love Story: Mohsin Khan and Reena Roy
A cross-border love-story came true when Bollywod actress Reena Roy got married to Pak cricketer Mohsin Khan. However, the married soon hit the rocks. Reena tried to save the relationship by quitting Bollywood. Mohsin, on the other hand, tried his luck in Bollywood, perhaps to understand the world of his wife. Things finally ended badly, and they got divorced within a few years. Thus, this was one of the bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars that had both the elements.
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Against all Odds: Azhar Uddin and Sangeeta Bijlani
Struggling Bollywood babe of yesteryears, Sangeeta Bijlani met former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin in 1997 when he was at the height of his career, and married, with two sons, while she herself was a successful model. Azhar divorced his wife of nine years, and faced much vitriol from the people of the country for that, to be with the former girlfriend of Salman Khan. Azhar and Bijlani stayed together for fourteen years, until they got separated in 2010. This was thus another one of the bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars that had its share of both bitter and sweet.
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Love Or Distraction? Sourav Ganguly and Nagma
Bengal Tiger Sourav Ganguly was happily married to his childhood sweetheart when stories about the young Indian cricketer being spotted at a temple with the hot Bollywood actress Nagma in 2001 started doing the rounds. It was even heard that the two had tied the knot. Later, it was dismissed as a rumour started by a fellow cricketer to distract Ganguly, though nothing was officially confirmed or denied. Hardly anything was ever written about them. It is thus counted among the alleged bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars.
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A “Friendly” Match: Wasim Akram and Sushmita Sen
Noted as Bollywood’s beauty with brain, Sushmita Sen, co-judged a reality show named “Ek Khiladi, Ek Haseena” on television with ace Pakistani fast bowler Wasim Akram. During their stint on the show, the two hit the headlines as the new romantic couple of the India-Pakistan world of entertainment. It was even heard that the two were going to get hitched. However, all expectations of the fans about another one of the bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars meeting success was destroyed when both denied the reports. Sen took to Twitter and confirmed that Akram was just a friend.
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Cuteness Overload: Zaheer Khan and Isha Sharvani
Bollywood’s pretty face Isha Sharvani and Indian cricket’s dashing dude Zaheer Khan made quite a pleasant couple and went strong for about two years before the two decided to go their separate ways in order to concentrate on their separate careers. The two again tried to rekindle their relationship, and they went on and off for about eight years. People even started speculating that they would soon tie the knot. But, putting to rest all speculations, the two finally ended their relationship, which at that time seemed one of the most hopeful of the bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars. It will be relevant to mention here that Zaheer Khan is now engaged with another Bollywood actress named Sagrika.
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With no Big Buzz: Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra
Like most of the other celebrity couples, Bollywood’s rising star Geeta Basra and Indian cricket’s adorable angry man Harbhajan Singh responded to all rumours and questions about the two being a couple with the common answer – that they are “just good friends”, for a very long time. However, they finally admitted to being in a relationship. Up the latest, they are married and also have one child.
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True or False? Sreesanth and Riya Sen[MyAd]
The most controversial of Indian cricket’s new generation players, Sreesanth was rumoured to be dating Bollywood’s starlet, Riya Sen. However, all that the two divulged about yet another one of the alleged bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars was that there was nothing special between them, and went with the tag of just friends. Nothing is known for sure about this relationship. All we know is that Sreesanth is now happily married, and not to Riya Sen, who is still trying her luck as an actress.
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What Everyone Forgot About: Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone had just stepped into the world of Bollywood when she was often spotted in the stands, cheering Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Dhoni was even seen raising his bat towards the gallery after a big score, and it was rumoured that this act was his way of acknowledging his relationship with Padukone. But, this, too, was one of the bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars that only met the fate of remaining unconfirmed, as both denied being in a relationship and said they were “just friends”.
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The Big Bang: Yuvraj Singh and Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone appears as the leading woman in yet another one of the bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars, this time, opposite the hot and handsome Yuvraj Singh, MSD’s very desirable team-mate. The couple was spotted together at several events, and Yuvi’s mother even allegedly confirmed that the two had gotten married secretly. However, Deepika found love in fellow Bollywood actor, Ranbeer Kapoor, and Yuvi was apparently dumped. Deepika was then spotted kissing Siddharth Mallya in the stands during an IPL match. Up the latest, Yuvraj is married to the Bollywood actress Hazel Keech.
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A Short Stint: Yuvraj Singh and Kim Sharma
As Deepika moved on from Yuvraj to other celebrity boyfriends, Yuvi went from one of the most talked about bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars to another, more demure one, this time with Bollywood’s Kim Sharma. The lady had him bowled over completely, and the two dated for quite a while, creating quite a stir in the media, as photographs of the two did their rounds in the papers. However, things did not go too well for the glam couple, and they decided to walk their separate paths after a while. Up the latest, Yuvraj is married to the Bollywood actress Hazel Keech.
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Not a Fairy-Tale: Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma
The current and one of the most famous bitter and sweet love affairs between cricketers and Bollywood stars is that of Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli. Bollywood’s bubbly beauty, who is noted for her great roles, has been dating cricket’s bad boy Kohli for quite some time now, and they have been fairly open about their relationship, with Virat blowing kisses to his girlfriend off his bat, and Sharma being present at the matches to support her boyfriend. While they have confirmed that marriage is not something they are contemplating in the near future, the two have also shown great support for each other as, after Kohli’s failed performance in the ICC World Cup 2015, and Anushka being hated by the people as a bad omen, the two arrived together, hand in hand. Kohli even said that theirs is not a fairytale but an affair between two regular people. This love-story is not a roses of beds, its stuck in between the break and patch up.
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Love, they say, is the strongest force that runs that makes the entire world go round, and every time media gets a whiff of love brewing up between the stars of cricket and Bollywood, India’s two favourite world of entertainment, it is shown to the people as some sort of a new and auspicious opportunity for the two world to join in holy union. Unfortunately, not all the relationships end sweetly, and some are even just notorious rumours, but people are least bothered. All they need is a new juicy piece of gossip to chew on, until the new one arrives.
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