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 fall in love with gorgeous Indian women and even tied the knot with them.
Here we bring you a list of 8 such cricketers who married Indian women. Take a look:
1.Shoaib Malik And Sania Mirza
Famous cricketer and former captain of Pakistan Shoaib Malik got married to Indian tennis star Sania Mirza in April 2010. Their wedding was one of the most publicized and controversial weddings in sports history. There was much drama ahead of the wedding. Reports emerged that Malik was already married to another Hyderabad girl, Ayesha Siddiqui. However, Malik denied the allegations but eventually confirmed the marriage when the girl’s family released marriage certificate as a proof.
Malik and Sania have since weathered the storm, and are happily married even now.
2. Muttiah Muralitharan and Madhimalar Ramamurthy
Sri Lankan cricketing legend and international cricket’s leading wicket-taker, Muttiah Muralitharan got married to Chennai girl Madhimalar on March 21, 2005. Madhimalar happens to be the daughter of Nithya and S. Ramamurthy, the owners of Malar hospitals. The couple have a son, born in 2006.
3. Mohsin Khan And Reena Roy
Mohsin Khan, the handsome Pakistani opener, fell in love with bollywood actress Reena Roy and married her. Mohsin himself went on to act in as many as 13 Bollywood films. The two also have a lovely daughter but unfortunately their marriage did not last long and ended in divorce.
4. Shaun Tait And Mashoom Singha
After almost dating for four years, Australian pacer Shaun Tait got married to Indian model Mashoom in 2014. The wedding celebrations were spread across a week as Tait’s friends came over from Australia to Mumbai, where the wedding happened. Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan were among attendees. Mashoom and Tait will shuttle between Mumbai and Adelaide for now.
5. Zaheer Abbas and Rita Luthra
One of the finest batsmen from Pakistan Zaheer Abbas met Rita in 1980s. Rita used to study interior designing in United Kingdom and Zaheer used to play for English county Gloucestershire. They got married in 1988. After marriage, Rita changed her religion and became Samina Abbas. The two now stay in Karachi and Samina runs a successful interior design business there as well.
6. Mike Brearley And Mana Sarabhai
Arguably one of England’s most astute captains of all time, Mike Brearley met Mana Sarabhai during England’s tour of India in 1976-77. Mana is the daughter of Gautam Sarabhai, a highly successful businessman from Ahmedabad. Mike tied the knot to his Guajarati wife Mana Sarabhai and took Guajarati lessons for almost four years. Today, the two are settled in London and have two children.
7. Glenn Turner And Sukhinder Kaur
One of New Zealand’s ace cricketers, Glenn Turner got married to Indian Sukhinder Kaur Gill on July 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 are proud parents to two wonderful children.
8. Sir Vivian Richards And Neena Gupta
Viv Richards fell in love with actress Neena Gupta and the two had a child, now one of the leading fashion designers in the country. Though Richards and Neena were not married, as Sir Vivian was already a much married man, they never thought there was any need to keep their relationship under wraps either. The two continue to be doting parents to their child Masaba.