Cricket and Bollywood personalities enjoy a massive fan base in India. Not only they are captured at every moment but some of them are even worshipped. Can you believe it?
Both of these are the fields of name and fame. No wonder they connect with each other so well.
The relations between Bollywood and Cricket industry have been ages-old, whether Bollywood actors being present at the matches, or cricketers attending movie launches, we have seen it all. And this connection has given us some power couples!
This trend traces right back to the time when the Nawab of Pataudi fell in love with the gorgeous actress Sharmila Tagore and is still prevailing to date.
So, in this article, we are going to share with you the love stories of ten such Bollywood Actresses who fell head over heels for Cricketers.
This couple needs no introduction as they are the power couple of Bollywood and the Cricket world!
One of the finest actresses in Bollywood Anushka Sharma tied the knot with cricketer Virat Kohli in December 2017. Their love tale began in 2013 with a shampoo TVC and that ad made them an online sensation as a couple. They broke up for a brief period only to get back together soon and then getting married in Italy.
The wedding was highly secretive and only their family members and close friends were allowed. In January 2021, the couple welcomed a baby girl named Vamika.
Natasa Stankovic got hitched to cricketer Hardik Pandya in a private ceremony during the lockdown in 2020.
While Natasa has done Bollywood films like Satyagraha, Zero, Fukrey Returns, and others, Hardik has been a consistent part of the Indian Cricket squad.
It is said that they met at a party and instantly hit it off. Both of them made their relationship status official in 2019 through a social-media post.
On 1st January 2020, Pandya proposed to his lady love on a yacht in Dubai followed by their intimate marriage ceremony in the same year. The couple is parents to their adorable son Agastya who was born in July 2020.
The Aa Ante Amalapuram song sensation Hazel Keech first met cricketer Yuvraj Singh at a friend’s birthday party in 2011.
In some interviews, Yuvraj has stated that he had to wait for three years for Hazel to finally say yes. He also said that every time he asked Hazel out for coffee, she would agree, switch off her phone, and would not turn up for the date.
But our Punjabi munda was no less, he took help from a mutual friend to finally meet Hazel in person and that’s when their beautiful journey began.
They got engaged in 2015 on a beach in Bali and married in 2016 following the Sikh wedding rituals in Chandigarh. The couple welcomed their baby boy in January 2022.
Bollywood Actress Geeta Basra married Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh in October 2015 in Jalandhar, Punjab. But did you know that their love story started with a song?
Bhajji saw Geeta Basra in the song ‘Woh Ajnabee’ and was smitten by her from the very first moment. With the help of his friends, he got Geeta’s number, they dated for almost eight years, and the rest is history!
They now have a daughter, whom they have named Hinaya Heer Plaha, and a son named Jovan.
Known for her role in the movie ‘Chak De! India’, Sagarika Ghatge tied the knot with cricketer Zaheer Khan in 2017.
Truly, her real-life romance is a tad similar to her reel-life affair in Chak De! India, where she dates the captain of the Indian cricket team, remember?
Jokes aside, these love birds are extremely private and maintain a low-profile. They had first gone public with their relationship in April 2017, when they posted cute pictures on their respective social media handles in which Sagarika was flaunting her engagement ring.
The two tied the knot on 23rd November 2017 and hosted a grand reception for their friends and family on November 27.
One of the most gorgeous Bollywood actresses of all time - Sharmila Tagore - met Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi through a common friend at a party back in 1965. At that time, she was an accomplished actress, while Tiger Pataudi, as he was called, was the captain of the Indian cricket team.
Their love blossomed and they got married in 1969. She also converted to Islam and changed her name to Ayesha Sultana. They were blessed with three children - Saif Ali Khan, Saba Ali Khan, and Soha Ali Khan. Unfortunately, Nawab of Pataudi died after battling a lung infection in 2011 at the age of 70.
Bollywood actress and former Miss India Sangeeta Bijlani married former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin in a star-studded ceremony in the year 1996.
They first met at a commercial photoshoot. After that, their relationship and personal lives garnered the most amount of attention from the media houses. Why? It was an extra-marital affair that developed between the two even as Azharuddin was married to his wife Naureen.
However, their marriage couldn't go along for a much longer duration as they both separated in 2010 due to irreconcilable differences.
Who said that relations between Bollywood actresses and cricketers are limited to India?
Reena Roy surprised her fans and the entire Hindi film industry after she tied the knot with Pakistani cricketer Mohsin Khan in 1983.
In the 1980s, Reena Roy was first romantically involved with Shatrughan Sinha but her world turned upside down when Sinha married former Miss Young India Poonam Chandiramani. But Roy married Mohsin Khan and left Bollywood at her prime, which was a shocker!
The two had a simple wedding in Karachi. Then, they were blessed with a daughter. However, the couple developed differences when Mohsin wanted to settle down in London which Reena didn't want. And their marriage ended in the 1990s and she returned to Mumbai.
Actress Farheen Khan, known for her films like, 'Jaan Tere Naam', 'Sainik' and others, married cricketer Manoj Prabhakar.
Farheen Khan exploded onto the silver screen in 1992 with Jaan Tere Naam and everyone went gaga over the Madhuri Dixit lookalike. After two years of working, she met cricketer Manoj Prabhakar and the love blossomed. But Prabhakar was already married and a father.
Farheen stated that they started off as friends but somewhere along the line, they fell in love. After marrying him, Farheen somewhat disappeared from the industry.
Now, she lives in Delhi with Prabhakar and their two children - Raahil and Manavansh. The cricketer’s son from his first wife also lives with them.
Not all Cricketer-Actress relationships converted into marriage! Neena Gupta met the legendary West Indian cricketer Vivian Richards in 1987-88. They had the most controversial relationship as Richards was already a married man when he fell for Neena.
They had a short-lived affair and Neena became pregnant and their daughter Masaba Gupta who was born in 1989.
Neena raised Masaba as a single mother. However, Masaba sometimes spends her holidays with her father.