Cricketers are loved not just for displaying excellence on the field, they are also admired for the great style statement that they make off-field. Needless to say, they are no less than any trendsetter for all their fans. And they too, like us have their private lives and love stories too.
Love knows no boundaries. While some cricketers decided to marry in their relatives, some found love in their best friend’s wife. As atrocious as these relationships sound, the truth remains that these couples are now living a happy life in-spite all odds.
Have a look at five such cricketers who married their cousins or friend’s ex-wife.
Virender Sehwag and Aarti Ahlawat
The former swashbuckling opener of Indian cricket, Virender Sehwag has been married for the last 16 years to Aarti Ahlawat. Although he has been married for more than a decade, not much is known about his wife. Aarti and Sehwag are actually distant relatives of each other. This was indeed a love marriage within their own family.
It all began when Viru’s cousin married Aarti Ahlawat’s aunt. At that time Virender Sehwag was just 7-years-old and Aarti was 5-years-old. Sehwag proposed Aarti after their 14 year long friendship. Although Sehwag wasn’t too serious about the proposal, Aarti accepted it. The two dated for almost 5 years before getting married on April 22, 2004. The couple is proud parents of two boys, Aryavir and Vedant.
Saeed Anwar and Lubna
Another cricketer who tied the knot with one of his cousins is former Pakistani cricketer Saeed Anwar. Saeed married his cousin, Lubna, a doctor by profession, in March 1996. The couple had a daughter, Bismah who died after a prolonged illness in 2001.
Murli Vijay and Nikita
In 2012, Murli Vijay, tied the knot with Nikita who was earlier married to wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik. It was during IPL-5 when Dinesh Karthik came to know about his wife’s affair with Murali Vijay and he divorced Nikita.
Shahid Afridi and Nadia Afridi
Pakistani all rounder cricketer Shahid Afridi married his maternal cousin Nadia. Shahid Afridi’s marriage wasn’t a love affair. The two got married after Shahid Afiridi’s father arranged their marriage. Shahid and Nadia are parents to four beautiful daughters.
Upul Tharanga and Nilanka Tharanga
Sri Lankan Cricketer Upul Tharanga tied the knot with Nilanka, who was earlier married to Sri Lankan cricketer Tilakratne Dilshan. It is rumoured that the closeness between Upul and Nilanka created a rift between Nilanka and Dilshan which later led to their divorce.
Having maintained a steady relationship for several years, their stories are proof enough that love is in-fact blind and strikes in the most unlikely of situations.