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These cricketers are not only known for their on-field action, but also for the steamy link-ups with film actors.

entertainment Updated: Apr 23, 2011 00:20 IST
Minakshi Saini

These cricketers are not only known for their on-field action, but also for the steamy link-ups with film actors.

Sreesanth-Riya Sen
The duo has been spotted together quite often and they also endorsed a jewellery brand. Sree and Riya have never denied being good friends, but they have completely ruled out the possibility of ever tying the knot. “I am not seeing Riya Sen. There is no romance between us.

We have been hanging around together and I enjoy her company, but only as a friend,” the sportsman said. Riya also rubbished the link-up on her Twitter page, saying that Sree is “just a good friend”.

Geeta Basra-Harbhajan Singh
The news of the two dating each other has been around for the longest time. Apparently, Bhajji’s family has been asking him to tie the knot with Geeta. The later was spotted at Harbhajan’s sister’s wedding in Jalandhar, where she met his parents. Geeta could be seen at almost all the matches, in which the cricketer played. “Harbhajan is a very good friend and I attended his sister’s wedding, like all other guests,” says the actor, while Bhajji has so far been tight-lipped about their relationship.

Sarah Jane Dias-Virat Kohli
The rumours of a link-up about Virat and Sarah surfaced around the time when the actor’s debut Bollywood flick Game, released recently. Reportedly, the two met quite often, and Sarah even secretly attended a couple of matches in which Virat was playing. One of Sarah’s friend even confirmed this, “Whenever she (Sarah) is free, she is busy on phone, chatting with Virat. They both meet quite often.” But the
cricketer denied this, “Forget about dating Sarah, I don’t even know her.” Virat was first linked with a south Indian star Sanjana. He was also linked with Genelia D-Souza after appearing in an advertisement together.

Zaheer Khan-Isha Sharvani
This is one of the oldest associations that is still going strong. If the buzz is to be believed, the two will be getting married soon. A close friend of the couple reveals, “Zaheer wanted to win the World Cup. And since this has happened, his next dream is his wedding, which is expected to take by the year end.” The couple met at a function in 2005, when the touring Australian cricket team was leaving India and Isha was performing at the event.

Yuvraj Singh-Ameesha Patel
Yuvraj’s list of link-ups never seems to end. From Kim Sharma to Deepika Padukone to Anushka Dandekar to southern actor Akshara Gowda and now Ameesha Patel, Yuvi has been linked to all. The buzz about Ameesha and Yuvi started doing the rounds when the cricketer arranged special tickets for Ameesha to watch the World Cup finals. The actor not just cheered for her ‘good friend’, but also gave interviews, appreciating his performance on the field. However, Yuvi has rubbished such claims, “This is absolutely ridiculous! Stop linking me to everyone or anyone.”

Star link-ups in the past
* Mohsin Khan and Reena Roy
* Imran Khan and Zeenat Aman
* Vivian Richards and Neena Gupta
* Sushmita Sen and Wasim Akram
* Mohammed Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani
* Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore
* Sir Gary Sobers and Anju Mahindru