Cricketers are one of the most high-profile personalities of India, considering the popularity of the sport. And quite naturally, the limelight also falls on the better half of these superstars- the cricketers wives. However, even though they are stated as the “Cricketers Wives”, they also a personality and a talent of their own which, unfortunately, goes unnoticed. Here is a list of 15 famous and talented cricketers’ wives :
15Virat Kohli Wife: Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma is an Indian Actress and producer who works in the Hindi film industry. She is one of the most popular stars in Bollywood and has made an impact with her impeccable acting performances in various film assignments. Anushka was born in Ayodhya and brought up in Banglore before starting her modelling career in 2007. She made her acting debut opposite to the Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Since then she has been a part of various Bollywood blockbuster including the Amir Khan starer PK and Salman Khan-starer Sultan. She has also won many awards including the Filmfare Award.
The 29-year old tied knot with the longtime boyfriend and Indian Captain Virat Kohli in December 2017. In addition to her acting career, Anushka is the ambassador for multiple brands and products. Also, she has her own line of clothing for women, named Nush. She is the co-founder of the production company Clean Slate Films and supports various charities and causes like gender equality and animal rights.
14Shikhar Dhawan Wife: Ayesha Mukherjee
Unlike Sholay’s Gabbar, who was a bachelor, Indian cricket team’s very own Gabbar – Shikhar Dhawan is a married man. And his better half is none other than Ayesha Mukherjee.
Ayesha is a half-Bengali and half-British amateur boxer raised in Australia. The 43-year-old is a trained kickboxer and a sports fanatic and fitness freak. She also has two daughters from her first marriage. She met Shikhar Dhawan on the social media platform Facebook. Ayesha and Shikhar got engaged in 2009 after a lot of persuasion and efforts to convince Shikhar’s family. On 30th October 2012, they eventually tied the knot as Shikhar Dhawan wanted to strengthen his cricketing career before getting married. This also helped him to develop a relationship with 2 daughters. The duo brought luck into the life of the left-handed opener as he cemented his place in the national squad with the consistent match-winning performances.
13Yuvraj Singh Wife: Hazel Keech
Hazel Keech or Gurbasant Kaur (married name) is a British-Mauritian model who has acted in some Indian films and TV programs. She has been a part of various advertisement campaigns and dance numbers since her time in Mumbai from 2005. She married the famous Indian Cricketer and legend Yuvraj Singh on 30 November 2016. Hazel was a supporting pillar for the then suffering Indian legend. She supported him in the tough times when he was out of the Indian squad. Hazel adopted the name “Gurbasant Kaur” given to her by Sant Balvinder Singh during the wedding ceremony.
12Harbhajan Singh Wife: Geeta Basra
Geeta Basra is an Indian actress who is a part of the Hindi film Industry. She made her debut in the Emraan Hashmi-starrer Dil Diya Hai in 2006. Basra was born in Portsmouth on the south coast of England to Punjabi Indian parents. She did an acting course at the Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute. Basra married Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh on 29 October 2015 in Jalandhar, Punjab. The couple were blessed with a daughter on July 27, 2016.
11Stuart Binny Wife: Mayanti Langer
Mayanti Langer is one of the most famous Indian Sports Journalist. She mainly appears on Star Sports Network, hosting and interviewing the shows. She has hosted various tournaments like Football Cafe on Zee Sports, 2010 FIFA World Cup broadcast on ESPN, 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2014 Indian Super League, 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup,2018 Indian Premier League, 2019 Indian Premier League and 2019 Cricket World Cup. In 2012, She married Indian cricketer Stuart Binny and has been supportive to her hubby ever since.
10M.S. Dhoni Wife: Sakshi Dhoni
Sakshi Dhoni is the better half of former Indian Captain M.S Dhoni. She came to limelight after marrying the most eligible bachelor of India in 2010. Interestingly both of them studied in the same school in Ranchi but never met there. Dhoni’s already successful career skyrocketed with Sakshi’s entry in his life. He won two of the topmost championships, the ICC World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013 after the marriage. Sakshi gave birth to their daughter Ziva in Feb 2015. Although she is a private person and avoids paparazzi always she is active on the social media posting pictures and videos of cute Ziva.
9Rohit Sharma Wife: Ritika Sajdeh
Ritika Sajdeh is a professional sports manager who organises her husband’s sports tours around the World. She worked as a sports manager with Cornerstone Sports and Entertainment after her graduation. She met Indian opener Rohit Sharma in 2008 during a Reebok Shoot where she was introduced by her rakhi brother Yuvraj Singh. They tied the knot on 13 December 2015 after dating for 6 years. She gave birth to their daughter Samaika in 2018. Rohit has been in an impeccable form since his marriage. He even scored his 3rd 200 against Sri Lanka on his wedding anniversary as a perfect anniversary gift to his soulmate.
8Dinesh Karthik Wife: Dipika Pallikal
Dipika Pallikal Karthik is an Indian squash player. She is the first Indian feature in the top 10 World Rankings by Professional Squash Association. She reached the final of the Chennai Open in 2008, beating the first and third seeds on her way. This phenomenal player is known to play a prominent role in making Squash popular among the Indian masses. She is an Arjuna Awardee of 2012 and a Padma Shree recipient in 2014. She tied the knot with Indian Cricketer Dinesh Karthik in August 2015.
7Zaheer Khan Wife: Sagarika Ghatge
Sagarika Ghatge better known as Preeti Sabarwal from Chak de India, is an Indian model and national level athlete. She married the legendary Indian bowler Zaheer Khan on 24 April 2017. She has appeared in various films and reality shows since her debut in the 2007 Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Chak De India. Recently, she made her digital debut with ALT Balaji’s Boss – Baap of Special Services portraying ACP Sakshi in the web series.
6Irfan Pathan Wife: Safa Baig
Safa Baig is a Jeddah-model and journalist. She has also worked as an executive editor in a PR firm and featured in several prominent fashion magazines of the Gulf according to an India Today report. Safa tied a knot at an age of 21 with Irfan Pathan, one of the legendary Indian all-rounders on 4 Feb 2016. The couple also has a two-year-old son Imran Khan Pathan.
5Robin Uthappa wife: Sheethal Gautham
Sheethal Goutham is a talented tennis player known for her dedicated sportsmanship. When Robin Uthappa was dropped from Team India in the year 2008, Sheethal was there by his side to support him during the tough time. Also, Sheethal is one of the reasons for his hubby’s return to the national team for the Bangladesh tour after a stellar IPL Season. Coincidently, the couple’s engagement date is the same as that of Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech.
4Ishant Sharma Wife: Pratima Singh Sharma
Pratima Singh plays small forward/shooting guard at the India women’s national basketball team. Her sister Prashanti Singh is an Arjuna Award winner is the current captain of the team. She comes from a family full of Indian basketball players with three of her sisters currently members of the Indian women’s national basketball team. Pratima married Indian cricketer Ishant Sharma on 10 December 2016. She one of the most talented upcoming players of the Indian Women’s Basketball team.
3Suresh Raina Wife: Priyanka Chaudhary Raina
Priyanka Chaudhary Raina is a software engineer and a former banker. She has previously worked in companies like Accenture and Wipro. She was working as a senior software tester for ING in Bijlmer neighbourhood of Amsterdam, the Netherlands at the time of her marriage to the famous cricketer. Priyanka left her job to raise her child, Gracia. She is the co-founder of Gracia Raina Foundation along with her husband, which is an NGO that promotes mother and child wellness.
She is a responsible social personality who wants to give back to society and bring some positive changes. Priyanka even delivered a speech at an independent TED event organized by ‘TEDx Whitefield’ in Bangalore, Karnataka on November 19, 2017. Also, she has a radio talk show titled ‘The Priyanka Raina Show’ on RedFM. She even writes blogs regularly creating awareness on pregnancy, motherhood, child-rearing and mental wellness of pregnant women and new mothers.
2Murli Vijay Wife: Nikita Vijay
Nikita Vijay is an Indian casting artist and a socialite. She works as a casting artist at the Mumbai-based 3D casting company, Impressions Forever. They create hand and feet impressions of babies, couples and families with 3D tech. She is the wife of Indian professional cricketer and right-handed opening batsman Murali Vijay. Interestingly she is a divorcee of another Indian Cricketer, Dinesh Karthik. She often supports her husband on social media.
1Sourav Ganguly Wife: Dona Ganguly
Dona Ganguly is an Indian Odissi dancer who took her dancing lessons from Kelucharan Mohapatra. She married her childhood friend and later Indian cricketing legend Sourav Ganguly in 1997. The couple also has a daughter named Sana who was born in 2001. Dona even has a dance school Diksha Manjari which was inaugurated by Lata Mangeshkar. With a capacity of more than 2000 students, the institution also trains in other departments like Yoga, Drawing, Karate and Swimming.
Thus, as you have seen, the Indian cricketers wives are as talented as their batter halves. What do you think about it? Let us know