By Namrata Arora Last Updated:
Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, we meet extraordinary people, who touch our soul and make us fall in love with them. When that kind of love knocks on our door, we forget the entire world and society's judgements. There is no 'right' or 'wrong', the moment we find the right match. Over the years, we have witnessed some amazing love stories from the entertainment world
If two people are destined to be together, the two will eventually find their way to each other crossing the barriers of distance, age, religion or language. This is something that’s been proved over and over again by famous celebrities who have got married to foreigners. But did you know that there are many foreign cricketers, who had tied the knot to gorgeous Indian women? Here we bring you a list of 8 such cricketers who either dated or married Indian women.
One wedding that created a hurricane of anger, as well as joy in the country, was that of Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Malik and ace tennis player, Sania Mirza. The tennis player was earlier engaged to her childhood friend but broke it off. Later, Sania Mirza had found love in Shoaib Malik and they had gotten married on April 12, 2010. The couple had embraced parenthood with the arrival of their son, Izhaan Mirza Malik on October 3, 2018.
It was in the '90s when Neena Gupta and Vivian Richards's love affair had become the talk of the entire nation. The duo had fallen in love during a party, where they had first met. However, Vivian was already married at that time and even had two children. But as they say, love is blind, and Neena was just madly in love with the cricketer. The ex-lovers even have a daughter, who is now a famous fashion designer, Masaba Gupta.
One of New Zealand’s ace cricketers, Glenn Turner had married Sukhinder Kaur in 1973. The lady is also popularly known as Sukhi Turner and has been an important political figure in New Zealand up till now. The couple is proud parents to two wonderful children.
One of the only Asian batsmen to score 100 first-class hundreds, ace Pakistani batsman, Zaheer Abbas had met Rita Luthra in the UK, where she was perusing her degree in interior design, while he was playing for the English county Gloucestershire. After marriage (1988), Rita had changed her religion and has become Samina Abbas. The two now stay in Karachi and Samina runs a successful interior design business there as well. The duo is proud parents of a daughter, Sonal Abbas.
The highest wicket-taker in Test and One Day Internationals, the biggest fear of every batsman and a legendary player from Sri Lanka, Muttiah Muralitharan had married a Chennai girl Madhimalar in 2005. Madhimalar is the daughter of Nithya and S. Ramamurthy, the owners of Malar hospitals. The duo is blessed with a son, who was born in 2006.
Australian cricketer, Shaun Tait had tied the knot to the Indian model, Mashoom Singha in 2014. The two had dated for some time and Tait had popped the question to her in Paris, where they were on vacation. Their wedding had taken place in Mumbai and was attended by their close friends from Australia and Mumbai.
One of the greatest captains of the England cricket team that we have ever seen, Mike Brearley had tied the knot to a Gujarati beauty, Mana Sarabhai in 1970. Mana is the daughter of the famous industrialist, Gautam Sarabhai. The couple is happily married and is settled in London and have two children.
It was hard for Pakistani cricketer, Mohsin Khan to resist the beauty and charm of Indian actress, Reena Roy. The two had gotten married in a private ceremony in Karachi. After which, Mohsin had acted in a couple of Bollywood films. The two also have a lovely daughter but unfortunately, their marriage did not last long and ended in divorce. Reena Roy was in fact rumoured to be dating Sonakshi Sinha's father, Shatrughan Sinha once upon a time.
Pakistan's cricketer, Hassan Ali has also married an Indian woman. The cricketer is known for his bowling skill, but he was clean bowled by Indian beauty, Samiyaa Arzoo. The duo had married each other on August 20, 2019, in Dubai. The couple had embraced parenthood with the arrival of their daughter on April 6, 2021.
Love does not see the barriers of language or religion. If it has to happen, it will and that’s what all of the above-mentioned couples beautifully prove.