In pictures: 21 most famous cricketer-actress link-ups
Mar 15, 2017, 08:15 IST
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Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge: The most recent link-up is ex-Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan and Bollywood's 'Chak De' actress Sagarika Ghatge, after the two were spotted together at Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech's wedding. No confirmation has come from either of them as of yet.
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma: Virat is as much in the news for his spectacular batting as for his colourful life off the field. As per latest reports, Virat and Anushka stayed together at the latter'Âs flat for five days before the cricketer departed for New Zealand. In fact, Virat is rumoured to have stayed at Anushka's place ever since he returned from South Africa. The cricketer is said to have visited the actress even before heading for the African sojourn. The two apparently became rather close after they shot for a shampoo ad together
Mohammad Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani: Azhar was happily married with two kids when he met the former Miss India and fell head over heels for her. It was only a matter of time before Azhar divorced his first wife and tied the knot with Bijlani. The couple filed for divorce in 2010.
Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra: The hot-headed cricketer and the actress have been dating for a few years, though they have never admitted to the relationship in public. The couple later confirmed their relationship and got married in October 2015.
Tiger Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore: It all started in 1965 when Sharmila was in Delhi for a shoot and Tiger Pataudi got introduced to her through some common friends. And, after 4 years of constant persuasion, they got married, amidst stiff family opposition
Rohit Sharma and Sofia Hayat: A couple of years back, Rohit was linked with the British-Indian actress and ÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂBigg Boss 7ÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ contestant. Cosy pictures of the couple started doing the rounds, and they spent a lot of time with each other before the attraction ran out. Rohit Sharma later went on to marry his childhood friend Ritika
MS Dhoni and Deepika Padukone: The super successful cricket captain reportedly had a huge crush on the dimpled actress post her Bollywood debut. The media got enough fodder for gossip after Dhoni invited Deepika for a T20 match against Australia and Deepika took up the offer as well. Nothing much transpired after that as Dhoni went on to marry his girlfriend Sakshi
Shane Warne and Elizabeth Hurley: Warne has had numerous flings over the years, and his affair with the English model-actress is an on-off thing. They split, only to comeback together again and were engaged. Later in 2013, the couple called it off but remain friends
Yuvraj Singh and Deepika Padukone: For a brief while their pairing was much talked about. They were even spotted spending sometime together in Australia. The relationship soon fizzled out and Deepika went on to date Ranbir Kapoor and then Ranveer Singh. Yuvraj Singh too moved on and went on to marry actress Hazel Keech recently.
Zaheer Khan and Isha Sharvani: The cricketer-actress duo had an eight-year on and off romance. In the end, the fact that the two could not take out time for each other took a toll on their relationship. They remain good friends it is said
Shoaib Malik and Sayali Bhagat: The Pakistani cricketer and Indian actress are said to have dated for a while. But, Sayali later claimed that it was a marketing gimmick for their film together which never took off. Shoaib went on to marry Sania Mirza while Sayali also tied the knot
Imran Khan and Zeenat Aman: The dashing Pakistani cricketer and the yesteryear Bollywood siren created ripples in the media when they started dating each other. However, their affair was very short-lived and Imran later married British socialite Jemima Khan. The former cricketer divorced Jemima in 2004
Sourav Ganguly and Nagma: The former India skipper had a rumoured torrid relationship with South siren Nagma years ago. Days ahead of the crucial 2001 Test series against Australia, Ganguly is said to have gone to the famous Shiva temple at Srikalahasti in nearby Chittoor District to perform 'Sarpadosha' puja with Nagma, which put him in a tight spot. Ganguly is married to Dona
Mohsin Khan and Reena Roy: The actress married the Pakistani cricketer in 1983, when her career was at its peak, and quit movies. The wedding, however, did not last long even though they had a daughter, and Roy returned to films
Ravi Shastri and Amrita Singh: There were gossips about the cricketer-turned-commentator dating Amrita Singh for a while before their relationship came to an abrupt end. Amrita later went on to marry Saif Ali Khan but later the couple divorced.
Vivian Richards and Neena Gupta: Sir Richards was already married when he had an affair with Neena Gupta. They had a brief, unconventional relationship, and a daughter, Masaba, who is now a well-known fashion designer and lives with her mother
Kapil Dev and Sarika: India's World Cup-winning captain had a much-publicised affair with the actress. It is said that the Dev's family was happy with his choice, but it was apparently said that Dev was also dating someone else. Kapil Dev eventually married Romi in 1980
Gary Sobers and Anju Mahendroo: Anju was just 17 years old when she met Gary Sobers in 1966. According to rumours, she broke off her engagement to Rajesh Khanna so she could accept Gary's proposal. But, with Gary playing county cricket in England and Anju in India, the long-distance relationship did not last
Usman Afzal and Amrita Arora: The English cricketer and Arora made no secret of their relationship when they were together. Afzal even tattooed AmritaÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs name on his arm. They later split and Amrita went on to marry a businessman Shakeel Ladak. Afzal and Amrita are said to share a cordial relation though