Some love stories go beyond time. The everlasting and intense love stories of Shah Jahan- Mumtaz and Cleopatra- Mark Antony have been engraved in the perennial books. Alone, these individuals were powerful personalities but together, they achieved immortality. It might be difficult to associate such colossal love to the field of sports. But over the years, we learnt that every great sports personality has someone who stood by their side through all the ups and downs of their life, that is, a significant other that they thank for their success.
It would be terrible if we let such love stories go unnoticed. So, here are the love stories of our lovely sports personalities:
- Sachin and Anjali Tendulkar
One of the most enduring love stories from Indian sports is that of the cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar and his wife Anjali. It was love at first sight for medical student Anjali when she spotted the shy and timid Sachin at the Mumbai Airport in 1990. They both took an instant to like each other on the first time they met. Later, the two met at a common friend’s place and got to know each other better. Shy at first, Sachin went on to profess his love for Anjali, and the two tied the knot after dating for five years.
- Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech
Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech are one of the most good-looking couple personalities. The couple tied the knot on 30th November 2016 in Chandigarh. It might be difficult believe, but even handsome cricket star had a hard time while proposing to the love of his life. For the first three years, he kept trying to get Hazel to meet him for coffee. She would agree every time he messaged her, but on the appointed day, she would switch off her phone and not turn up. They became friends on the social media and it took Yuvraj over a year, with some help from a common friend, to finally get to meet her in person. And that’s when romance finally bloomed with plenty of dedication from his side.
3.Mahesh Bhupati and Lara Dutta
One of the richest couples in Bollywood, Mahesh Bhupati and Lara Dutta, first met with an excuse for a business meeting. The famous tennis player proposed to the world famous model and actress, Lara Dutta, in the most romantic way. He presented her a ring on a candlelight dinner. They both are blessed with a lovely daughter and continue their ‘happily ever after’ journey together.
4.Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore
Golden year actress, Sharmila Tagore, met the then Indian cricket team captain, Mansoor Ali Khan through a common friend. The dashing royal blood lost his heart to the innocent Bengali beauty. Even the Nawab of Pataudi had to do a lot of wooing to impress Sharmila Tagore. The roses and letters sent over a span of four years, finally made her say ‘yes’.
5.Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik
The most controversial love story of this cross-border couple cannot be forgotten. The couple faced many questions and interruptions in their marriage, yet they defied all the odds and are happily married. Just like their marriage, their love story was bizarre. Not love at first sight, but love at ‘third’ sight it was! The first meeting lasted only for two minutes and left them wanting more, only to make Sania realize at the second meeting that she found Shoaib highly attractive. At the third meeting, they both were in a bad phase as Sania battled with her injuries and a broken engagement, while Shoaib was serving a one year ban after their defeat in Australia by the home team. But fate had planned it this way, and the ‘two favorite children of controversy’ fell in love with each other.