Unsuccessful love stories of cricketer-actress couples

Cricketers finding love in Bollywood is nothing new, but except a few, many actor-cricketer couples could not survive the test of time. The first instance of Bollywood-cricket couple is that of late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and the gorgeous Sharmila Tagore. The couple fought all odds to be together and lived a happy and exemplary married life. However, it was not so for other couples like Mohammad Azharuddin-Sangeeta Bijlani, Mohsin Khan-Reena Roy whose marriages didn’t work out well and they parted ways. And there have been others whose relationships didn’t even culminate to marriage and they split up due to various reasons.

Recently, much-talked about couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma broke up. The couple was going steady in their relationship for two years. Reportedly, the Indian Test skipper wanted to tie the knot soon and proposed marriage to his actress girlfriend. But, Anushka wanted to focus on her career. This lead to a dispute between them and the couple called it quits.

Yuvraj Singh, who got engaged to British-born Bollywood actress Hazel Keech in November last year, was in a relationship with former actress Kim Sharma. The charming all-rounder and sizzling Kim dated for four years before parting ways in 2007. It is said that Yuvraj’s mother Shabnam did not approve of her son’s choice, but people close to the cricketer maintained that it was Kim’s “obsessive and abusive nature” that lead to their split. Kim is now happily married to Kenyan businessman Ali Punjani and is settled there.

After his break-up with Kim, Yuvraj was reportedly dating actress Deepika Padukone for a brief period. But the actress called off their ‘friendship’ as she couldn’t make peace with the cricketer’s dominating nature. According to Deepika, Yuvraj interfered in her personal matters such as whom she met and even her choice of clothes. The leggy actress is presently said to be dating Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh.

Former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan and actress Isha Sharvani also could not take the plunge even after being together for so many years. Theirs was an eight year on-and-off romance. The couple first met in 2005 and dated for two years before breaking up. In 2010, the duo started seeing each other again. There were also rumours that Zaheer and Isha will tie the knot in 2012, but the couple announced their separation instead. Though they didn’t mention the reason, a source close to the actress revealed that distance was the cause of their split. However, both of them have maintained a cordial relation after the split.

Distance took a toll on the relationship of former model-actress Amrita Arora and Pakistani-born English cricketer Usman Afzaal. The couple mutually parted ways in 2008 after being together for four years. Though Amrita and Usman made many efforts to visit each other as often as possible, the separation was inevitable. Besides distance, Amrita’s alleged link up with model Sahil Shrof had not gone down well with Usman. In 2009, Amrita got married to businessman Shakeel Ladakh and is now mother of two sons.

The dashing cricketer Ravi Shastri and former actress actress Amrita Singh were also a hot couple during the late 1980s. They were very much open about their relationship and confessed about their feelings for each other in every interview and went about painting the town red. But their romance was short-lived and came to an abrupt end. Ravi got married to Ritu Singh in 1990, while Amrita tied the knot a few years later with actor Saif Ali Khan; marriages that eventually ended in divorce.

As a 17-year-old upcoming actress, Anju Mahendroo got introduced to West Indies all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers when the cricketer arrived on the 1966-67 tour to India. Sobers and Anju were briefly engaged, but the distance as well as lack of regular communication between the two proved to be the doom for their relationship. Sobers finally married his Australian girlfriend, but not before informing the actress.

Bollywood actress and theatre person Neena Gupta and legendary cricketer Sir Vivian Richards shared an unconventional relationship. They were involved with each other even though he was married at that time. Although the duo never tied the knot, they maintained a serious relationship for the brief period of time that they were together. Neena also gave birth to their love child Masaba Gupta who is currently a well-known fashion designer. The actress to has settled down with Delhi-based chartered accountant Vivek Mehra.