Top cricketers who had affairs with Bollywood actresses
Bollywood and cricket went hand in hand since the late 60s when the mighty Sir Gary Sobers on a tour in India was linked to actress Anju Mahendra, who was known to be a fiancee of Rajesh Khanna. Later we of course had the great love story of Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore which culminated in a great marriage.
In later decades we had some interesting cricket- Top cricketers who had affairs with Bollywood actresses links and some of the more interesting ones are as under-
Harbhajan Singh – Geeta Basra
While he was reaching the end of a great career which included 400 plus test wickets, Harbhajan Singh fell in love with Bollywood beauty Geeta Basra. The love blossomed and finally had a great ending in a marriage with a kid.
Zaheer Khan – Isha Sharvani
The cute Bollywood actress Isha was in a close relationship with Zaheer Khan for 8 years who was still playing for India. It looked all set to end in a marriage. However, surprisingly both drifted apart and Zaheer ultimately married the “Chak De India ” star Sagarika Ghatge.
Sourav Ganguly – Nagma
This became a big rumour and it happened much after Sourav was already married to Dona Ganguly. Photos of Sourav and Nagma visiting a temple were splashed and the media took it up. Nagma also ignited some publicity. It reportedly led to some unpleasantness at home for the Indian captain and finally, the relationship was nipped in the bud quickly.
Rohit Sharma – Sofia Hayat
Rohit and Sofia were apparently in a relationship while Rohit was trying to make good in his career around 2012. Sofia later confirmed the rumours but the relationship was short-lived with Sofia moving away.
Ravi Shastri – Amrita Singh
One of the biggest Bollywood- cricket affairs that did not have a great ending. Shastri was making waves in international cricket in the mid-1980s as he became the most eligible bachelor. He got into a close affair with ” Betaab” star Amrita Singh who was a talented upcoming actress during that time. Both were very candid in their relationship but sadly it did not last long. Ravi finally married a non-film personality Ritu in 1990.
Viv Richards – Neena Gupta
This was another big relationship in the late 1980s when Richards was touring India in 1987. Viv had a very hot affair with Neena Gupta who was making a strong impression in Bollywood. They had an unconventional love relationship and were never married as Viv was already married earlier. However, their relationship flowered and they have a daughter named Masaba Gupta who is a famous fashion designer in India.
MS Dhoni – Deepika Padukone
The was a brief rumour of a relationship between Deepika and Dhoni as they together attended a fashion show and later Dhoni invited Deepika to a T20 match. However, there was no truth in their relationship as both went their separate ways.
Yuvraj Singh – Deepika Padukone- Kim Sharma
Yuvraj Singh was the most flamboyant Indian cricketer in the 2000s. His handsome looks attracted Bollywood beauties. First, it was Kim Sharma with whom Yuvi was in a relationship for a good length of time before it broke apart. Later he had a hot affair with Deepika who visited Australia to watch Yuvraj play. However, none of the relationships had a great ending and Yuvraj after a long wait, married Hazel Keech by the time he was at the end of a great career.