Cricketers are loved not just for displaying excellence on the field, but many of them are also admired for the great style statement that they make off-the-field. Needless to say, they are no less than any trendsetter for all their fans.
Are you a crazy fan of cricket and cricketers? Do you know their personal life yet? Check out some cricketers who married their relatives or a friend’s wife.
Virender Sehwag and Aarti Ahlawat
The former swashbuckling opener of Indian cricket, Virender Sehwag has been married for the last 12 years to Aarti Ahlawat and have two adorable sons. But did you know the fact that Aarti is actually a distant relative of Sehwag. Such was the love that Sehwag used to do the rounds of Aarti’s residence often and he proposed Aarti after their 14 year long friendship. The two had an affair for almost 3 years before getting married in April 22, 2004.
2. Shahid Afridi and Nadia Afridi
Pakistani allrounder cricketer Shahid Afridi married his maternal cousin Nadia. Shahid Afridi’s marriage wasn’t a love affair. The two got married after Shahid Afiridi’s father arranged their marriage.
3. Upul Tharanga and Nilanka Tharanga
Upul Tharanga is a left-handed opening batsman and occasional wicket-keeper of Sri Lanka. Upul Tharanga tied the knot with Nilanka, who was married to Sri Lankan cricketer Tilakratne Dilshan. It is rumoured that the closeness between Upul Tharanga and Nilanka Tharanga created a rift between her and Dilshan which later led to their divorce.
4. Saeed Anwar and Lubna
Former Pakistani cricketer Saeed Anwar married his cousin, Lubna, a doctor by profession, in March 1996. The couple had a daughter, Bismah who died after a prolonged illness in 2001.
5. Murli Vijay and Nikita
An Indian international cricketer Murli Vijay, tied the knot with Nikita who was early married to Mumbai Indians’s wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik. In 2012 during IPL-5 when Dinesh Karthik came to know about his wife’s affair with Murali Vijay he divorced with Nikita.