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India gets its first WAG

Sakshi Dhoni may give global WAGs a run for their money.

entertainment Updated: Feb 11, 2011 01:14 IST
Navdeep Kaur Marwah

India finally has a true-blue WAG (Wife and Girlfriend). As the ICC World Cup takes off later this month, the Indian contingent will have someone upping the glam quotient exponentially, just as football WAGs do, on the global game scene.

International media is already abuzz about Sakshi Singh Rawat — the 24-year-old wife of Indian captain Mahendar Singh Dhoni, with bloggers pipping her as one of the WAG to watch out for. Sakshi is being counted among the contenders for title of the International Cricket Cutie (ICC) — a term coined by website, Stick Cricket.

In an online poll conducted during the 2007 World Cup, supermodel Minki van der Westhuizen was voted the ICC. She was then dating South African skipper Graeme Smith.

Sakshi is the only Indian among the likes of TV actor Kacey Barnfield, who is dating English bowler Stuart Broad, and the current leading British WAG Chantal Bastock, English batsman Ian Bell’s girlfriend.

Does she have it in her to make a style statement? Yes, say experts. “She can really make heads turn. She has the right attitude for sure, but she still has a long way to go. Internationally, WAGs are known for their individual, often out-there, sense of fashion,” says Jamal Sheikh, editor of men’s glossy, Men’s Health India.

“Sakshi looks very comfortable in whatever she wears, and she knows how to carry herself. Besides, she’s confident and experimental. She’s definitely someone the international media will take note of,” says stylist Ranjunee Chakma.

“She will fair very well in comparison with the others, and I think she has what it takes,” says Aku D Tatak, a fashion stylist.

And, if it comes to online voting, her 4,000 fans on Facebook will certainly do the needful.

Hot international WAGs
Kacey Barenfield
The actor, 23, is best known for her film Resident Evil: Afterlife. She is dating English player Stuart Broad.

Jessica Taylor
The 30-year-old pop singer and lingerie model is married to English player Kevin Pietersen.

With inputs from AFP