They say Cricket is a game in which you've always got a partner by your side. Cricketers produce breath-taking partnerships on the field and bond over various things off the field. Regardless of which country they come from, what culture they follow, players seem to be united. After all, it's the love for the game that connects them. And they often end up being each other's confidants. Let's have a look at the Top 10 Friendships that started off the field:
1. Virat Kohli And Ab De Villiers
This duo got along while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL; they have churned out some magnificent partnerships on the field. They are indeed the lifelines of this franchise. But their bond goes way beyond these 22 yards. Their social media accounts speak for their friendship as they share some wholesome photographs of them spending quality time. Their families are often spotted together and spend the whole IPL season together.
2. Ms Dhoni And Suresh Raina
Popularly known as Thala and Chinna Thala, respectively, by the Chennai Super Kings fans. This cricketing duo has produced some match-winning partnerships on the field for both India and CSK. Raina is said to be Captain Cool's best friend, not only because of their excellent understanding but also because of the bond they share. Raina was the first to know about Dhoni's Test Retirement. It looks like their daughters have inherited this bond, too, as those munchkins often get seen having a good time together.
3. Smriti Mandhana And Jemimah Rodrigue
"Opposites attract" certainly is true in the case of BFFs Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues. Mandhana, known for her calmness on and off the field, is best friends with Jemimah, boisterous and goofy. From heart-warming singing sessions to their goofy pranks, their fans enjoy it all. Their friendship is as husky as their batting.
4. Marcus Stoinis And Adam Zampa
These Australian cricketers share an adorable bond that gets admired by their fans. Their bromance is quite evident on and off the field. They are vocal about their friendship, and they never hesitate to show their brotherly love for each other. They both tend to bond over coffee sessions in Zampa's hotel room, which they have termed "Love Café" since Stoinis thinks that the essential ingredient of the coffee prepared by Zampa is Love.
5. Kumar Sangakkara And Mahels Jayawardene
Sangakkara and Jayawardane are The Legends of Sri Lankan Cricket. This cricketing duo is known for its formidable partnership and the brotherly bond on the field. They were spotted sharing some nervy moments and friendly banter on the field time. They started as friends when they were just 15 years old and then represented the island nation together. They are well known for their awe-inspiring record of building a 624 runs partnership, which remains unbeaten to date.
6. Sachin Tendulkar And Sourav Ganguly
The God of Offside shares an adorable bond with the God Of Cricket. They formed a deadly opening combo during their playing days. Watching them play together was a treat for every 90s kid. Apart from their on-field understanding, these two were close friends off the field and remained so to date. They often post pictures with each other that speak volumes about their friendship.
7. KL Rahul And Mayank Agarwal
They have known each other since their U-13 days and have been prominent pillars of Karnataka Cricket. PBKS batters share a great camaraderie off the field. From sharing the state dressing room to the opening in tests together, they've been each other's confidence all this while. KL Rahul even promised to be the third wheel between Mayank and his wife.
8. Harbhajan Singh And Yuvraj Singh
Two of the goofiest cricketers in the Indian dressing room, their friendship set off when they played junior-level. And went on playing at the senior level; they were also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning team. They often saw pulling each other's legs on social media. They've known each other for over 20 years. They've come a long way from dreaming of representing their country at the international level to describing it.
9. Hardik Pandya And KL Rahul
Pandya and Rahul share an excellent equation on and off the field. Hardik Pandya refers to him as his brother from another mother. They came to the limelight after going on a show and made some controversial remarks, but that did not affect their friendship. However, their bromance was pretty evident on the show. Apart from that, this duo was seen exchanging jerseys after an IPL match and is often spotted spending quality time together.
10. MS Dhoni And DJ Bravo
We have witnessed Dhoni and Bravo's bromance from time to time, especially during IPL. The West Indies cricketer looks up to him as his elder brother. Bravo even produced an album named "Helicopter 7" for his brother from another mother. This duo gets seen grabbing each-others collar during T20 WC, although they were playing around.