Indian cricketers get bowled off their feet, enter new innings

  • Sneha Mahadevan, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 19, 2015 13:30 IST
The happy couple: Yuvraj and Hazel. (TWITTER)

It’s been a year of googlies for the boys in the Indian cricket team. Up until last year, bachelor boys dominated the squad. Cut to November 2015 and the scenario seems to have taken a complete 180 degree turn. From the ‘available’ tag they have all graduated to either ‘fiancés’ or ‘husbands’, all in a matter of a year. We take a look at all the boys who took the leap of faith in 2015.

Yuvraj Singh — Hazel Keech

Hazel Keech with Yuvraj Singh. (Viral Bhayani/HT)

British-Indian actor, Hazel Keech managed to tame the ‘flamboyant’ Yuvraj Singh, who she got engaged to, in a private ceremony in Bali on November 11. Wedding bells are expected to ring early next year. Yuvi confirmed his engagement on Twitter, “Yes I am engaged cause i found a friend for life in @hazelkeech as mom says a reflection of her.”

Dinesh Karthik —Dipika Pallikal

Dinesh Karthik with Dipika Pallikal.

It was the perfect match when Dinesh Karthik tied the knot with his fiancée of two years Dipika Pallikal. The cricketer swept India’s top squash player off her feet and the two have been inseparable. The couple got married in August in a Christian ceremony followed by a Telugu Naidu ceremony where the celebrations lasted three days. Dinesh retweeted a wedding picture that Dipika had posted, “Introducing Mr & Mrs Dinesh Karthik.”

Virat Kohli – Anushka Sharma

(Yogen Shah/HT photo)

Virat, the vice-captain of the team, met actor Anushka Sharma and sparks began to fly. She was spotted cheering for him in Australia and India, but they admitted to being a couple only in February this year. He even tweeted, “Just watched #NH10 and i am blown away. What a brilliant film and specially an outstanding performance by my love @Anushka Sharma. SO PROUD:)” Recently, they were spotted at lunch with Anushka’s dad.

Harbhajan Singh – Geeta Basra

Geeta Basra with Harbhajan Singh. (HT photo)

Much speculation and many denials later, Harbhajan Singh and actor Geeta Basra got married last month. They threw a grand reception in Delhi in November. The couple uploaded a video to thank their fans and said, “Thank you for your love, support and all the wishes that have come in. It means a lot to us. We have had a great last couple of days but thank you so much.”

Suresh Raina — Priyanka Chaudhary

Priyanka Chaudhary and Suresh Raina. (Twitter)

Shortly after the Virat-Anushka proclamation was the big-fat wedding of Suresh Raina to investment banker Priyanka Chaudhary. After a couple of ‘alleged’ failed affairs, Raina decided to settle down with his childhood sweetheart in a private ceremony in Delhi in April this year. He had posted online, “Finally married to my beautiful wife Priyanka. I take this opportunity to thank all my supporters and fans.”

Rohit Sharma — Ritika Sajdeh

Rohit Sharma with Ritika Sajdeh. (Yogen Shah/HT PHOTO)

In true-blue filmy style, Rohit Sharma popped the question to Ritika Sajdeh at Borivili Sports Club in Mumbai, the place where he began his career. It was also said to be the place where Rohit met the sports management professional for the first time. The two got engaged in Mumbai in June. Rohit tweeted a picture with Ritika (wearing the ring) and wrote: “From best friends to soulmates, couldn’t get any better.”

Robin Uthappa — Sheetal Gautam

Sheetal Gautam with Robin Uthappa (Twitter)

Taking inspiration from his teammates, Robin Uthappa exchanged rings with Sheetal Gautam. The two have been friends for 10 years and decided to take their relationship to the next level when Robin proposed to her during Diwali this year. He announced his engagement on Twitter, “And we are engaged!!! It’s official now!! I’m gonna spend the rest of my life with this gorgeous woman!! I love you with all of me!! Here’s to US!!”

What’s cooking here?

David Miller – Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta with David Miller (Yogen Shah/HT)

South African cricketer David Miller was recently spotted with actor Preity Zinta enjoying a cozy dinner. Zinta had tweeted “Had dinner with @DavidMillerSA12 & am shocked at media reports. Really? F.Y.I We both are part of #kxipfamily #sick”. However, this didn’t deter rumour mills from buzzing. If it’s work, we are fine, but if it’s not, maybe, it’s time for the two to take a cue from the Indian cricketers. We are waiting...

Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan (Vijayananand Gupta/HT)

Zaheer Khan seems to be the next one to get hitched. The pace bowler who was in a long-term relationship with actor Isha Sharvani called it quits sometime back. Now his cricketer friends are trying their best to set him up and convince him for marriage as Bhajji tweeted, “Let’s see how many wants @ImZaheer to get married RT if you want him to get married this year or like it if next year. Zak’s turn now.”

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