Dinesh Karthik to Mohammad Azharuddin: 6 Indian, Pakistani cricketers who got married again
First Published 9, Nov 2020, 3:48 PM
Dinesh Karthik happens to be an integral part of Team India, while he suffered heartbreak in his personal life, from his first marriage. Mohammad Azharuddin was a former Indian skipper but had to undergo a hard time in his private life after an unsuccessful first marriage.
Cricketers are treated as celebrities, especially in India and Pakistan. However, they are human beings just like us and have a personal life just like everyone else.
While they get married to big names, some happen to marry their childhood friend or even have an arranged marriage. Nonetheless, they too face issues with it and get divorced, while some even get married for the second time. On the same note, we take a look at six cricketers from India and Pakistan, who got hitched again.
Mohammad Azharuddin: The former Indian skipper was controversial on the field, as well as his marriage. He was previously married to Naureen, besides having a couple of children with her. However, it was in 1996 when he divorced her, as he came across Bollywood actress Sangeeta Bijlani. He tied the knot anew the same year, as the couple stayed together for 14 years before getting divorced again.
Shoaib Malik: Both Indians and Pakistani are quite familiar with Shoaib Malik marrying Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza. It all happened in 2010, while many are unaware of the fact that Malik was married previously. Ayesha Siddiqui (Maha Siddiqui) happened to be his first wife, as both had tied the knot in 2002. However, Malik divorced her in 2010, as he married Sania just eight days later. He has a boy along with Sania.
Vinod Kambli: The former Indian batsman makes the list, while he happened to have a fascination for Christianity. He initially got married to Noella, in 1998, which did not last long. Upon divorcing her, he found love again in Andrea, who also happened to be a Christian. This time, he adapted to Christianity after his marriage with her, in 2010.
Wasim Akram: The former Pakistani all-rounder, who was deadly with the ball, had his first marriage to Huma Mufti in 1996, while they had a couple of sons together. However, she passed away in 1996 due to multiple organ failures. Nonetheless, Akram decided to get hitched for the second time, as he married an Australia-based former PR, Shaniera Thompson, in 2013.
Imran Khan: Pakistan's reigning Prime Minister joins the list, as he has been married on three occasions. He initially married Jemima Goldsmith in 1995, before their divorce in 2004, while the couple had two children. 10 years later, he married TV anchor, Reham Khan, but the marriage lasted only for 10 months. It was again in 2018 he had his third marriage with Bushra Maneka, which is going strong, for now.
Dinesh Karthik: The former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper's story is heartbreaking. Karthik initially married Nikita Vanjara in 2007. However, he later realised that she was having an affair with his teammate, Murali Vijay. After he divorced her in 2012, she married Vijay soon after. Nonetheless, it was then when Indian squash player, Deepika Pallikal came into his life. Over the next few months, they fell in love before getting engaged in 2013. They tied the knot a couple of years later, as they are a happy couple now.