How famous Indian cricketers met their life partners

Bimarsh Adhikari

As much as cricket and cricketers are famous in India, the wives of the cricketers are also highly popular. Anushka, Sakshi, Ritika, etc. are amongst the most popular wives in the present scenario. But, do you know how these beautiful women happened to meet those cricketers as their life partner?

Let us take a look at some famous love stories and incidents that brought cricketers and their wives together:

#5 Rohit Sharma & Ritika Sajdeh

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The love story between Indian star cricketer Rohit Sharma and his soulmate Ritika Sajdeh is no less than a romantic film. Before tieing the knots with each other, they were familiar with each other for six years. Ritika was a sports event manager and worked as Rohit's cricket manager as well.

Ritika, who's also Yuvi's rakhi sister, used to meet with Rohit Sharma a lot, initially as professionals and later as best friends. The two friends fell in love with each other and promised to be partners for life.

How could the marriage take place without the proposal? Well, don't worry. Rohit won the heart of Ritika by a grand proposal in Borivali Sports Club, Mumbai, the same ground where Rohit started his cricketing journey at the age of 11. Rohit went down on his knees with a solitaire ring in his hand and proposed his ladylove. Ritika, in amazement, accepted Rohit's proposal

Rohit and Ritika took their vows on 3 June 2015. Rohit shared his engagement news through a tweet on 2 May 2018, one month before marrying each other.

#4 Shikhar Dhawan and Ayesha Mukherjee

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What if I tell you that the two glamours, Shikhar Dhawan and Ayesha Mukherjee, met with each other through Facebook? Surprising right?

Shikhar and Ayesha have had a unique love story. Ayesha is an Anglo-Indian kickboxer and a sports fanatic, who was born in India but later migrated to Australia. Before marrying with Dhawan, she tied knots with an Australian businessman but divorced later.

The biggest role in bringing this two soulmates together was played by Harbhajan Singh. Actually, Harbhajan Singh was a mutual friend to both Ayesha and Dhawan on Facebook. When Dhawan came across Ayesha's Facebook profile, he was mesmerized with Ayesha's beauty and charm. Thus, he sent her a friend request, which she accepted. They started chatting on Facebook and their Hi's and Hello's soon turned into a relationship.

However, Ayesha had the challenge of raising her two kids after divorcing with the Australian businessman. Still, Dhawan was ready to be a nice companion to her and father to her children, in order to establish a successful partnership for life.

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Although they engaged back in 2009, Dhawan decided to marry after establishing himself as a successful cricketer. The two charms finally hitched in 2012. Ayesha gave birth to Zoravar Dhawan in 2014. Due to the supportive role played by Dhawan's mother, the love story of Dhawan and Ayesha has been a successful, admirable and inspiring one.

#3 Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma

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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma form one of the most adorable cricket couples, both being successful in their respective sectors. While Anushka has been acknowledged as one of the finest actresses on Bollywood, Virat has already established himself as a legendary cricketer. Their love story is also one of the most complicated one, as they had several; heartbreaks before finally marrying in 2017.

The two met each other during the shoot of a shampoo advertisement. They became good friends after the shoot and started to talk to each other. Even though neither of them openly talked about their relationship, they were often found spending time together. The Bollywood actress accompanied Virat in most series.

The couples made their first public appearance together in October 2014 in an ISL game.

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The media got all over them when Virat blew a flying kiss to Anushka after achieving a milestone against Sri Lanka in November 2014. In the same month, Virat admitted to his relationship with the Bollywood lady in an event where he said, "Whatever is there is out in the open, I have nothing to hide." Anushka also complemented Virat's words by giving a similar statement in another event. "We are not hiding anything. We are being two normal young people in a relationship," she said.

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Although both of them were hit by a number of controversies and breakup rumours, they had already realized that they couldn't live without each other. So, despite all the odds, they started featuring in more events together, including Yuvi's wedding ceremony.

When the social media was busy in trolling Anushka for Virat's failures, Virat gave a tight slap to all of them through an Instagram post.

Virat also addressed his mother and Anushka in the same pic, highlighting the two most important women in his life on the occasion of Women's day.

Amidst all the speculations and rumours, the couple finally conducted a secret wedding ceremony on 11 December 2017 in Tuscany, Italy. Virat and Anushka shared their marriage news through social media.

#2 MS Dhoni and Sakshi Rawat

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MS Dhoni, the most successful Indian captain, and Sakshi Rawat also share a beautiful love story that is still continuing as couples.

Although they knew each other since their childhood, they didn't fall in love then. Both of them studied in the same school in Ranchi and their families shared a cordial relationship as well. Later, Sakshi's family shifted to Dehradun due to which the two couldn't remain in touch with each other.

However, destiny had other plans for them. Dhoni met with Sakshi after almost a decade at the Taj Bengal during Team India's stay in 2007. Sakshi, who was an intern in the hotel, was introduced to MS Dhoni by Yudhajit Dutta, Dhoni's manager. When Sakshi left the hotel after the internship, Dhoni asked Yudhajit for Sakshi's number and texted her.

Sakshi initially thought that those texts were just a prank, before realizing that it was 'Captain Dhoni' who texted her. The two started dating each other in March 2008. Sakshi even attended Dhoni's birthday party in the same year. Dhoni and Sakshi's affair was a secret one, so was their wedding ceremony. The couple finally married on 4 July 2010.

#1 Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali Mehta

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Sachin and Anjali truly defined love at first sight when they saw each other in the Mumbai International Airport in 1990; Sachin was returning from his first international tour in 1990 whereas Anjali was there to receive her mother. Later, they also met at a common friend's place and got familiar with each other.

As Anjali was a dedicated medical student, her knowledge about cricket and sports was faint, due to which she failed to recognize even Sachin Tendulkar. When they started dating with each other, Anjali did her best to improve her knowledge about cricket. They even went to watch the film 'Roza' together, where Sachin got disguised with false beard and specs to hide from the media. But he was soon caught by his fans after his specs fell in the hall, due to which he had to leave the movie halfway.

In Sachin's autobiography 'Playing It My Way', Anjali revealed that she had visited Sachin's house for the first time as a journalist.

The two finally married on 24 May 1995 after five years of dating. They have been committed towards each other for 23 years now and also have two children, Arjun and Sara.