Look at Nooshki and Virat…. they seem like they were destined to be together. They seem like star-crossed lovers, considering Bollywood and cricket are two poles apart yet two individuals from these poles apart the world are attracted.
There is something intriguing about a Bollywood beauty dating a raw and rugged cricketer. At least it makes me excited when I read about an actress dating a sportsperson especially a cricketer. Here are some affairs that were the most controversial.
1. Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli
Both of them are having the time of their lives. Both are at the top of their games and madly in love with each other. They met while shooting a commercial and sparks flew, for a long time they were fiercely private about their relationship and sometimes denied it. Anushka was often seen cheering Virat at his matches. They have also faced their downs when Anushka was blamed as a distraction for Virat for cricket loss, finally, he came up front and defended his lady love.
2. Mohammad Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani
Azharuddin and Sangeeta met during a commercial shoot when he fell head over heels for her. He was the captain of the team and she was crowned Miss India and had just started her journey. Unfortunately, Azharuddin was married to wife Maureen with whom he shares two sons, but his love for Sangeeta proved to be more when he decided to divorce Naureen, which left her devastated. Both the lovers got married in 1996 but parted ways and he was again rumored to have an affair with badminton player Jwala Gutta.
3. Neena Gupta and Viv Richards
Viv Richards was the captain of the West Indies team when he met Bollywood powerhouse actress Neena Gupta while on one of his cricketing tours to India. Nobody would have expected them to fall in love which resulted in Neena getting pregnant. Also, Viv was married at that time. They both broke up and Neena took up the responsibility of a single parent and gave India one of the finest designers, Masaba Gupta. Since then they have been on cordial terms.
4. Anju Mahendru & Garry Sobers
Just like Neena, another actress Anju Mahendru fell in love with, the West Indian all-rounder great Sir Garry Sobers when she was just 17. They met during one of his official tours to India in 1966-67 when they fell in love. Apart from that, she had broken off her engagement to Rajesh Khanna during the time when the females of the entire nation wanted him, only to be with Garry. Sadly, their engagement barely lasted due to a huge communication gap between them. Soon Anju heard about Garry’s marriage to an Australian, he got married without informing her. So finally Anju released an official statement releasing him from the engagement.
5. Sushmita Sen and Wasim Akram
A Pakistani cricketer and an Indian actress in a relationship are enough to make headlines. They both were judges of a show dance reality show when the former Pakistan’s cricket captain fell and the former Miss Universe started their romantic affair in 2008. Like many, it was a very short lived romance, not because of their nationalities because Wasim Akram, who was a widower with two boys found it hard to settle with an actress with two adopted daughter. Thus they parted ways.
6. Zaheer Khan & Isha Sharvani
Zaheer Khan and Isha Sharvani, the Kisna actresses was in an 8 years relationship to get married. Sadly they broke up, they haven’t given any official statement but many sources close to the ex-couple blame distance as the cause of their split. Isha was in Chennai that time and also was gearing up for Jhalak Dikhlaja, dance reality show while Zaheer was always away from the country due to international matches, mutually they parted ways and remain, friends, today. Currently, Zaheer is engaged to another Bollywood beauty, Preeti Sabharwal from Chak De India.
7. Yuvraj Singh and Deepika Padukone/ Kim Sharma
Before getting married to Hazel Keech, he dated Kim Sharma and Deepika Padukone. Yuvraj- Kim relationship lasted for a very long time but due to certain conflicts, they parted ways. Soon he met Deepika and fell for her, apparently both dated for some time and just before he got cancer Deepika and Yuvi parted ways. Today he is happily married to Hazel.