It is hard to believe how inter-caste and transnational marriages are still frowned upon in the 21st century in our country. However, it still can’t stop soulmates from meeting each other; given below are the name of international cricketers who found love in India-:
1. Shoaib Malik
Shoaib is a Pakistani cricket player who married a tennis player of India, Sania Mirza, in 2010. It is a love story across borders; the union of the two players who are related to two different sports was made a controversial show and was highly questioned by the media. Shoaib stated to a media portal, “Two people from different countries got married and it should only be treated as a marriage and nothing more.” The power couple became parents to a baby boy in 2017.
2. Shaun Tait
Tait be is one of the fastest bowlers ever met his love, who is an Indian model Mashoom Singha during an IPL after-party and clicked immediately. The duo was vacationing in Paris, when Shaun popped up the question to her; the wedding was an intimate affair in Mumbai. Only close friends and family members from Australia and Mumbai were invited.
3. Mike Brearley
Brearley is famous for leading England in 1981, and is the most cerebral captain in the history of cricket. Mike met his partner, Mana Sarabhai when they studied at Cambridge University in the 1960s; Mana was the daughter of high-profile businessman Gautam Sarabhai. Mik’s father-in-law insisted that in order to be a Gujrati Jamai, he should learn the language and the tradition. For the next four years, the player took Gujrati lessons; now, the couple is settled in London with their two children.
4. Zaheer Abbas
The duo met in 1980s Zaheer used to play for Gloucestershire, and Rita Luthra was studying interior designing in the UK; the couple had no conflict while talking about their marriage with their families as the fathers of the couple were already friends. They got married in 1988, and Rita changed her religion and is now known as Samina Abbas. Samina now lives in Karachi with Abbas and runs her interior designing business.
5. Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah wasn’t ready to get married, and the family made a lot of efforts to convince him, plus Tamil actor Vagai Chandrashekhar played cupid in the whole process. It only took two meetings for the families to decide, and the player got married to then 24-year-old
6. Glenn Turner
Glenn Maitland Turner was on a tour in India as a member of the New Zealand cricket team when he met Sukhinder Kaur Gill in a social gathering in 1970. She was at that time studying in university and couldn’t interact enough as it was a challenging era for boys and girls to talk alone; the couple still managed to make the relationship work and got married in 1973. Glenn and Sukhinder now live in New Zealand with their kids. Sukhinder turner became the mayor of Dunedin (1995-2004), and is known as the Indian face in New Zealand politics.
7. Hasan Ali
The fast bowler of Pakistan met his love Samiya Arzoo who is from Haryana in Dubai, and immediately became friends; Samiya has her graduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Manav Rachna University. The duo soon fell in love and, with the blessings and approval, got married in August 2019. Hasan and Samiya often showcase their love for each other on social media; the couple also has a daughter now.
8. Glenn Maxwell
Maxwell recently got engaged with his rumored girlfriend Vini Raman, who is Indian-origin Tamilian and a certified pharmacist. The rumors started when Vini posted her picture with Glenn on her Instagram account in August 2017 and disabled the comments option. Nothing was confirmed until Maxwell tool Vini as his plus-one to the Australian Cricket Awards in February 2019 and again took her in 2020. Later the player announced the engagement through Instagram.
9. Mohsin Khan
This Pakistani cricketer secretly tied the knot to Bollywood actress Reena Roy, who led a controversial and scandalous life; she was also named “other woman” because of a speculated affair with actor Shatrughan Sinha. The actress stunned the public when she announced her marriage; the couple became parents to a girl who they named Jannat, the relationship was short-lived, and the two parted ways, Mohsin remarried, Reena stays out of the limelight as her last piece of work was in the 2000.
10. Viv Richard
Captain Vivian Richard landed in India with his whole team in the late 1980s when he met Neena Gupta at a party in Mumbai; Viv at the time was married but separated from his wife and had two children. The two found that the two had nothing much in common but still felt the connection. Neena soon got pregnant, and having a child out of wedlock in the 80s bought so much attention; she, against her family wish, gave birth to her daughter Masaba Gupta, who now is a famous fashion designer. Richards and Neena never got married but were great co-parents to their daughter.