By Shubam Kumar
We live in a society where cricket and cinema are a prodigious source of entertainment. In our integral community cricketers are idolized and loathed upon whereas film actors are seen as torch-bearers of fashion and style in whose light, we trend our lifestyle. The relation of Cricket and Bollywood has amassed gradual skepticism and moreover impressive amount of attention from the media and the masses whenever personalities from these fields come together. The instant flares of news gathered upon by such incidents become a source of keen interest for the common folks for a long time. Some of this news is left as incomplete tales of relationships while quite a few emerge as legends of love which are an outcome of the successful marriage of celebrities.
The famed tale of the Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan of Pataudi, former captain of the Indian Cricket Team and also stated as the greatest cricket captain in India and the sizzling beauty of the 1960s who blazed the screens, the stunning Sharmila Tagore is one such instance when sports met glamour. The duo met through common friends when Sharmila Tagore was shooting in Delhi in 1965. Back then, she was gorgeous actress touching the pinnacle of fame in Bollywood in the seventies and Mansur was quite famous himself as he was the famed 9th Nawab of Pataudi and star captain of the Indian Cricket Team leave aside his gentleman grooming and debonair looks. Though, it was love at first sight from the side of Mansur he had to patiently woo her for four years and it was roses which won Sharmila’s heart for him and they got married on 27th December, 1969.
Mohsin Khan & Reena Roy
The subsequent celebrities who have gathered significant attention because of their marriage are Mohsin Khan and Reena Roy. The gallant right-handed Pakistani cricketer Mohsin Khan was a recognized name in cricket in the 1980s significantly also because he was the first Pakistani batsman to score a Test double century at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London in 1982. He fell for the fame of Bollywood in the 1980s, Reena Roy. Mohsin and Reena struck by love married each other on 1st April, 1983.
Mohammad Azharuddin & Sangeeta Bijlani
Another name which has been up for quite a long time in intellect is the love affair turned marriage of Mohammad Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani. Mohammad Azharuddin was a proficient batsman with an elegant batting style of Indian Cricket Team and had also captained for India in the 1990s. But, despite the fame of this talented cricketer his career dawned due to his controversial involvement in match fixing scandals. Sangeeta was a rising star with blockbuster hits like Tridev making her the love of masses. They first met at a commercial shot for an advertisement and henceforth there roads started to clash gradually. The two married on 14thNovember, 1996 yet a dark side of this marriage was that Azhruddin was already married and he had to divorce his former wife to marry Sangeeta.
Harbhajan Singh & Geeta Basra
The recent wedlock tied between the spin bowling sensation of the Indian cricket team Harbhajan Singh and actress Geeta Basra is another example of cricketers falling for Bollywood’s glamour. The Indian spinning specialist and captain of the IPL team Mumbai Indians with his iconic personality and many records to add upon his cricket glory and career statistics had a long-lasting courtship with the charming Geeta until the paramours got themselves married on 29thOctober, 2015. They were very secretive of their relationship during the period of their courtship and never came out in the open.
Yuvraj Singh & Helen Keech
The next celebutantes’ on the line is the dashing all-rounder cricketer of India Yuvraj Singh and the British-Mauritian delicacy of Bollywood famed after her second female lead in the Hindi blockbuster Bodyguard Hazel Keech. They have been engaged and look forward towards marriage some time soon.