Cricket is like a religion in India and cricketers are worshipped like gods. Bollywood is an equally integral part in the life of Indian movie-buffs. Fans from both arenas want to stay updated about the minutest details of their favorite cricketers and actors and are very sensitive about any news regarding their favorite stars. Any news about these actors or cricketers induces high voltage excitement amongst these fans.
Now, imagine how much that excitement and frenzy escalates when people from these spheres come together romantically! The celestial pair grabs all the attention of the media and the masses. They quickly become talk of the town and everyone eagerly awaits any further updates on such love affairs.
Let us take you on walk you through five such top notch love affairs that became front page news overnight.
Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli
Sangeeta Bijlani and Mohammad Azharuddin
You have to absolutely out of touch with any kind of technology to miss this couple! Current world number one cricketer Virat Kohli and ace actress Anushka Sharma have had lots of heads turning since the day the first news of them broke. Both are at the pinnacle of their respective careers, which makes them one of the most popular couples. Time will tell where this relationship ultimately leads, but for now, they’re one of the most glamorous couples around.
Another one of the most stirring picks during the 90s was the relationship between another former Indian cricket team captain Azharuddin and surfacing Bollywood actress Sangeeta Bijlani. At that time, the already controversially-tainted captain Azharuddin was married with two sons and their extra marital affair affected his marriage. This cricketer-actress pair stayed together for about fourteen years until 2010, after which they parted ways.
Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
This one is a blast from the past. One of the most talked about affairs from the seventies was the one between Bollywood diva Sharmila Tagore and a former Indian captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. This couple is believed to be the torch bearers in the tradition of cricketer-actress pair ups. Their love story played out like a Bollywood movie – they were introduced through some common friends, fell in love, and met with some objections by both their families. However, they went on to marry and were blessed with three children.
Hazel Keech and Yuvraj Singh
Geeta Basra & Harbhajan Singh
The Chocolate boy of Indian cricket Yuvraj Singh and model turned actress Hazel Keech created quite a buzz in the media with their blooming relationship. After a string of relationships and a tough battle with cancer Yuvraj found love in this adorable actress. They are often seen together and have got engaged recently. They are due to get married by the end of the year.
Last but not the least, the linked up between Actress Geeta Basra and popular spinner of Indian cricket team, our punjabi munda Harbahjan Singh. They had evaded all questions about their relationship in the initial phases by quoting the popular phrase ‘just good friends’. However, they eventually admitted to being more than just friends, and the affair went on for quite some time and they eventually got married. Recently, they have been blessed with a baby girl.