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Bollywood and Cricket: A Match made in Heaven!

Riya Aggarwal | August 17, 2018

The two things that India is known for, are Bollywood and Cricket. The Indian film industry is the largest film industry in the world (in terms of the number of films being produced). Bollywood produces more than 1,500-2,000 films every year! On the other hand, cricket is no less than a religion in India. According to the ICC Rankings, the Indian Men’s Cricket Team is the 2nd best cricket team in the world right now.

Both Bollywood and Cricket unite our nation, not only through films and matches but also through marriages. Today we bring to you 7 Bollywood actresses who found their match in these popular Indian cricketers!


1) Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra

Harbhajan Singh is one of the best bowlers in the Indian cricket team. Geeta Basra is an actress who has  starred in many Punjabi films. Both these celebrities got married in October 2015. The couple also has a daughter together.


2) Manoj Prabhakar and Farheen Khan

Farheen Khan is a 90’s Bollywood actress. The actress married all-round cricketer Manoj Prabhakar in 1997. Manoj was with the Indian cricket team from 1984-1996. The couple stays with their two sons in Delhi.


3) Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, also known as Tiger Pataudi, was the late Nawab of Pataudi. Apart from his royal lineage, Tiger was the youngest ever captain of the Indian cricket team. Sharmila Tagore is one of the most popular yesteryear actresses of Bollywood. The couple got married in 1969. The couple was married for 42 years, until the death of Tiger Pataudi in 2011. The couple has three children together-Saba Ali Khan and actors Saif Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan.


4) Mohammad Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani

Mohammad Azharuddin is a retired Indian cricketer. The former cricketer is regularly seen conducting post-match interviews with the Indian cricket team nowadays. Sangeeta Bijlani, a former Miss India, is Azharuddin’s second wife. The couple got married in 1996 and eventually decided to go their separate ways in 2010.


5) Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma

‘Virushka’ as they are popularly known, are probably one of the most loved couples in India today. The couple met while shooting for a shampoo commercial, and after 4 years of dating, they took their relationship a step further. Indian Cricket Team’s captain, Virat Kohli married actress Anushka Sharma in a secret ceremony in the beautiful Italian city of Tuscany in December 2017. After their wedding, the couple held a reception in both Delhi and Mumbai.


6) Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech

After a courtship period of 2 years, cricketer Yuvraj Singh married actress Hazel Keech in 2016. Known for hitting 6 sixes in an over, cricketer Yuvraj Singh had 3 marriage ceremonies. The couple exchanged rings in the city of Bali. In November 2016, the couple got married in Fatehgarh Sahib in Chandigarh. This wedding was a typical Sikh wedding ceremony. After this, the couple had a destination wedding in Goa wherein they got married according to Hindu wedding rituals. This ceremony was followed by a reception in Delhi.


7) Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge

Cricketer Zaheer Khan married actress Sagarika Ghatge in November 2017. When asked about what attracted her to Zaheer, Sagarika revealed that the retired cricketer’s humble and down-to-earth nature attracted her and eventually made her fall in love with him.


Sources: BollywoodShaadi’, Deccan Chronicle, Hindustan Times, ICC, India Today, Navbharat Times, News18, Pycker, Radio City, ScoopWhoop, The Bridal Box, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Vogue India, Zee News, circle of cricket, india times, marriage

Riya Aggarwal




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