Cricketers' tryst with tinsel town!

Published: Thursday, October 21, 2004, 19:11 [IST]
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As the popular saying goes that a woman is behind a man's success, similarily our cricketing heroes having liaisons with actresses seems to go hand in hand with this saying.

It goes without saying that Indian cricketers along with actors and actresses from the Bollywood world as well from the southern film industry to great extent, are the biggest crowd- pullers.

They enjoy iconic status and are a huge craze for the public. The headache of getting mobbed whenever they drop in at public places looms large over them; the fear of autograph hunters swarming over them is also an added botheration for them.

What is pertinent is that cricketers have often landed up having relationships with the fairer sex from the film world and not from any other field although exceptions could be there.

Great Kapil Dev was rumoured to have had a roaring fling with Sarika, who had recently divorced from in what seemed to be hunky-dory marriage with south film star Kamal Hassan.

All-rounder turned commentator- Ravi Shastri, a soul with a dashing persona not to speak of his featous looks, was hugely among the opposite sex. He had an affair with actress Amrita Singh, who like Sarika tied the knot with Saif Ali Khan until both parted ways very recently amicably as we are given to understand.

Then there is match-fixing whistle-blower-Manoj Prabhakar, who was bowled by actress Farheen, and later married her.

Mohammad Azharuddin, was another to be stumped by a Bollywood beauty. The wristy right-hander and actress Sangeeta Bijlani carried a torch for each other before they decided to tie the nuptial knot and are perhaps one of the few cricketer-actress affairs that have seen the light of the day and are leading a happy conjugal life.

What's more, Azhar's two sons from his wife Naureen, who had got married to a businessman and now based in Canada, are staying with Azhar and Sangeeta with the latter taking care of the duo.

Latest of the lot is Yuvraj Singh. The southpaw dasher is rumoured to be going around with model-turned actress Kim Sharma and is quite serious about it.

Since cricket and cinema are the biggest professions in India, as far as public craze is concerned; it's only natural that both land up rubbing shoulders with each other !

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