Now that the Men in Blue have brought home the World Cup, their folks are of the opinion that it’s time the untaken ones settled down, and the boys don’t seem to mind it. Parents of Team India members Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan are on the lookout for the perfect match for their sons.
Bakhtiar Khan, father of Zaheer, 33, says, “We wanted him to marry after the 2007 World Cup, but he insisted on the next one. He has fulfilled his dream on the cricket field, now our dream is to get him into wedlock. His marriage tops our agenda.” He however doesn’t clear if Zaheer’s long-time girlfriend, actor Isha Sharvani, will be the one.
29-year-old Yuvraj Singh’s mom Shabnam, too, wants Yuvi to get hitched as soon as possible. “If he finds the right girl tomorrow, we are ready for it,” she says.
Wedding bells are round the corner for 30-year-old Harbhajan Singh, too, who was seen with actor Geeta Basra at the World Cup, sparking rumours of their revived romance. His mother Avtar Kaur says, “I have seen some girls for Harbhajan. Both his sisters are married, and now it is his turn.”
With the cricketers ready to walk the aisle, single girls in the city are excited and upset at the same time. Payal Bajaj, a 27-year-old marketing executive, says, “I am heartbroken to hear about Zaheer wanting to marry.” Kanika Malhotra, a 23-year-old student says, “I am upset to hear that the most eligible bachelors are set to wed. I wonder who’ll make the cut!
The story of the 1983 heroes
Soon after India’s 1983 World Cup win, the single members of the team, Kirti Azad, Ravi Shastri and Sunil Valson, were flooded with proposals and pressured by their parents to settle down. Azad got married in an arranged set-up in 1986, and Shastri got hitched later.
“I had to give in to my parents’ pestering, which went on for three years. Finally, it was (current wife) Poonam,” reminisces Azad.
It’s the same elsewhere, too
International cricket and soccer players have also experienced a similar story. Less than a month after the World Cup, South African captain Graeme Smith is all set to marry his long-time girlfriend, Morgan Deane.
Dutch Football player, Wesley Sneider married model Yolanthe Cabau soon after the FIFA world Cup in 2010.
(With inputs from PTI)