5 Foreign Cricketers Who Got Hitched To Indian Women: The life of a cricketer is very tough. With the advent of T20 cricket and IPL, the cricket players are on the road for the entire year, touring from one country to another, just to make a name for themselves. This has compelled the players to work on their fitness levels which means that a cricketer can be spotted majorly at three spots and they are the gym, the cricket field, and the practice nets.
They get very little time to enjoy their lives however, they try their best to balance their professional and personal life. Such has become the popularity of the game that the foreign cricketers have become more famous in India than they are in their own nations. The foreign cricket stars seem to have accepted this love and many of them have in fact chosen their life partners from this cricket crazy nation.
Here are the top five foreign cricketers who got married to Indian women.
Glenn Turner and Sukhinder Kaur
Former New Zealand batsman, Glenn Turner, who gained the attention of the world with his batting performances in the Cricket World Cup, fell for a Sikh lady named Sukhinder Kaur. The duo decided to marry each other in 1973 as Kaur kick-started a new phase in her life. The fans would think that the foreigners have come close to Indians only because of IPL. But, the relation of Sukhi Turner and Glenn does not reflect the same.
Zaheer Abbas and Rita Luthra
One of the greatest batsmen that Pakistan has ever produced, Zaheer Abbas established himself as the greatest first-class player of all time with 100 centuries in that format. He never allowed the bowlers to dominate him but when he met an Indian origin girl named Rita Luthra in the United Kingdom, Zaheer switched from aggressive to defensive mode. The couple soon got hitched in 1988.
Mike Bearley and Mana Sarabhai
By looking at the surname Sarabhai, the Indian fans would have got an idea that the female involved here hailed from Gujarat. Yes, that’s a perfect guess. In fact, Mana was a relative of the famous Indian space scientist, Vikram Sarabhai. She got married to England’s former captain, Mike Bearley. Bearley and Mana came close to each other when England visited India in 1976-77.
Muttiah Muralitharan and Madhimalar Ramamurthy
Sri Lankan spin wizard, Muttiah Muralitharan achieved a rare feat of scalping 800 wickets in Test cricket. The right-arm off-spinner has retired from international cricket now but he has continued to work in the field of cricket as an expert and coach. Back in 2005, Muralitharan fell in love with Chennai’s Madhimalar Ramamurthy and the couple got married in the same year.
Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza
Arguably, the most popular couple present on this list is the Indo-Pak duo of Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza. The Pakistani legend controversially got hitched to the Indian tennis ace as it was being reported that the cricket player had already tied the knot with another girl from Hyderabad. However, those reports proved to be trash as the couple is still happily married together.