After dating each other for more than five years and a lot of speculation around their wedding, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma finally tied the knot in a secret grand ceremony in Italy on Monday.
The fans, from cricket to cinema, were eagerly waiting for the ‘Virushka’ wedding. The wedding news, of two glamour powerhouses — Virat and Anushka — charmed many on and off social media and emerged as a festivity in the nation.
“Today we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you. This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans and well-wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey,” Kohli tweeted, confirming the news.
Amidst the waves of wedding festivity, we present you a list of five Cricket-Bollywood wedding pairs that make as a lovely pair as Virat and Anushka.
Tiger Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore
One of the most dashing cricketers, Mansoor Ali Khan, also known as Tiger Pataudi, was the first among cricketers dating actresses. The former India captain got married to actress Sharmila Tagore on 27 December 1968.
The Hindu-Muslim pair got married amid communal tension and Sharmila had to change her religion and name to Ayesha Sultana to marry Mansoor. Besides societal pressure, their family members also opposed the wedding.
Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra
Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh tied the knot with longtime girlfriend and Bollywood actress Geeta Basra on 29 October 2015 in Jalandhar.
From ‘just friends’ to ‘happily married’, Harbhajan and Geeta went through a long relationship before getting married to each other. On July 27, 2016, the couple welcomed a daughter and named her Hinaya Heer Plaha.
Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech
Yuvraj Singh, who scored six consecutive sixes in an over by Stuart Broad, got married to Bigg Boss fame actress Hazel Keech 30 November 2016.
The all-rounder had earlier dated Bollywood divas such as Deepika Padukone and Kim Sharma. Both Yuvraj and Hazel are truly made for each other as they are often spotted partying together.
Mohammad Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani
Another India cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin never failed to charm B-town divas. In 1996, Azharuddin divorced his first wife Naureen, with whom he had two sons, and married actress Sangeeta Bijlani.
The marriage of Azharuddin and Naureen ended in a divorce in 2010, due to the cricketer’s alleged affair with badminton player Jwala Gutta.
Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge
Former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan and ‘Chak De India’ fame actress Sagarika Ghatge were the latest from the Cricket-Bollywood fraternity to tie a knot. They got married on 23 November 2017.
It was during their reception ceremony in Mumbai, when Anushka and Kohli were seen shaking a leg together on dance-floor.