Breaking stereotypes and choosing the road not taken is what separate these cricketers from rest of the world. Not only on-field, these cricketers have fought the orthodox off-the-field too.
And as they say it, everything is fair in love. Here are the cricketers who fought with the rules of society to find their soul mate and tied the knot more than once:
Who doesn’t adore the Indo-Pakistani couple, Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza? The couple defied the existence of boundaries to get together and tied the knot in 2010. Sania was questioned if she would change her nationality and start playing for Pakistan. Moreover, derogatory comments such as “Finally we get to see Pakistan screwing India”, “Pakistan welcomes Sania as remains of the war” were brewed.
But, not many know that Shoaib Malik was married earlier, a woman named Ayesha Siddiqui filed against Malik saying they had married in 2002. Later they got divorced formally and Sania and Shoaib are living happily ever after.
When strangers walking on separate paths decide to unite their ways once and for all, they get married. But what if your heart starts thumping again after getting into the wedlock; this time not for your significant other but for someone else? This is what happened with Dinesh Karthik and his wife Nikita. Nikita fell in love in love with cricketer Murali Vijay and she divorced Dinesh.
Dinesh Karthik also moved on and tied a knot with famous squash player Dipika Pallikal in 2015.
Remember the Emraan Hashmi starrer Azhar? One of the most controversial captains of Indian cricket team, initially married to Naureen and had two sons with her, went on to marry Bollywood actress Sangeeta Bijlani. Sangeeta and Azhar parted their ways in 2010.
Former Indian cricketer, Vinod Kambli was married to his childhood sweetheart, Noella Lewis. They got hitched in 1998. Noella a receptionist by profession divorced Kambli after he got romantically involved with former model Andrea Hewitt. After the divorce with Noella, Vinod got married to Andrea in 2014.
Imran Khan, Pakistani cricketer turned politician fell in love with Jemima Goldsmith in Paris. Later, they got divorced as his wife failed to adjust in Pakistan. In January 2005, he married a British-Pakistani journalist Reham Khan at his residence but due to some reasons it didn’t work out well and he went to marry third time by getting hitched with his spiritual guide Bushra Bibi.