Gautam Gambhir to Suresh Raina: 6 Indian cricketers who had arranged marriage
Gautam Gambhir has been married to Natasha since 2011, as the couple has a daughter together, named Azeen. Meanwhile, Suresh Raina got hitched with Priyanka Chaudhary in 2015, as the couple have a daughter and a son. Both are currently retired from international cricket.
Indian cricketers are no less than celebrities in the country. Consequently, some of the cricketers are often linked with high-profile women, while some even get hitched to them. Besides, some even marry their longtime friend or childhood sweetheart.
Nonetheless, there have been some cricketers who are so focused on their career that they hardly have time to date women. As a result, many have ended up having an arranged marriage to the woman of their liking. In the same light, we take a look at six Indian cricketers who did so.
Suresh Raina: The prolific Indian middle-order batsman got hitched to Priyanka Chaudhary in 2015. While Raina was in Australia, his mother called up to say that his wedding had been fixed with Priyanka. As he talked to Priyanka for the first time, he happened to know that the two were old neighbours in Uttar Pradesh, before Priyanka's family had moved to Punjab. The couple has a daughter and a son together.
VVS Laxman: The legendary Indian batsman, who was a pain for the bowlers, was extremely busy with cricket and focused on brushing his batting skills. As a result, it was his family, who arranged a match for him, in the form of GR Shailaja. She happened to be a software engineering student, as the two tied the knot in 2004 and have a daughter (Achinthya) and a son (Sarvajit), together.
Rahul Dravid: One of Laxman's partner in crime, the pair was hard to dismiss when together on the pitch. Nonetheless, Dravid too has always focused on cricket and left his personal life at the hands of his family. It was in 2003 when he tied the knot with Vijeta Pendharkar, who happened to be a surgeon in Nagpur. The family of both happened to be close friends, as his father decided to strengthen the bond by hitching their children together. The two have a couple of sons, Samit and Anvay, born in 2005 and 2009, respectively.
S Sreesanth: The vibrant Indian pacer was often linked with a number of hotties in Bollywood and Kollywood. Nonetheless, keeping in mind the conservative South Indian traditions, he decided to hitch up with the choice of his family. It was in 2013 when he got married to Bhuvneshwari Kumari, who belonged to a royal family in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Interestingly, it all happened when he was charged with allegations of match-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), while Bhuvneshwari stood by his side entirely.
Ajinkya Rahane: Undoubtedly, Rahane is one of the most humble cricketers in India. Known for his calm persona, he never really was linked with any woman in most of his life. As a result, it was his family, who arranged Radhika Dhopavkar for him. Although the two were friends during their childhood days, they were too shy to express anything to each other. Nonetheless, their parents did the right thing, as the two are happily married, since 2014.
Gautam Gambhir: One of the most prominent Indian cricketers, Gambhir is a legend, as he played a productive role in leading India to the 2011 ICC World Cup win. Being bold in nature, he did not have enough women in his life. Nonetheless, it was his family, who introduced him to Natasha, who belonged from a family of businessmen. The two soon became friends, and their parents decided to get them hitched. After getting married in 2011, the couple has a daughter, Azeen, together.