IPL 2020: From Mohammad Azharuddin to Dinesh Karthik, sub-continent cricketers who got married more than once
First Published 26, Sep 2020, 12:21 PM
Dinesh Karthik was on the receiving end of betrayal from her ex-wife, as she later married his Indian teammate Murali Vijay. Meanwhile, Mohammad Azharuddin was never short of controversy, as he divorced her first wife to marry Bollywood actress Sangeeta Bijlani.
Indian cricketers have the status of celebrity, while overseas cricketers, too, are treated in a similar manner. However, despite being celebrities, they mostly end up marrying their longtime friend, while some also marry fellow celebrities, including Bollywood actresses.
However, not all cricketers go on to have the perfect married life initially. Meanwhile, a few have also gone on to marry for the second time, to find success.
These cricketers also involve some Pakistani as well. In the same light, we take a look at some of the cricketers from the sub-continent, who have married on more than one occasion.
Mohammad Azharuddin: Azharuddin was never short of controversies on the cricket field, while the same was the case in the field of his marriage. Having previously been married to Naureen, Azharuddin has a couple of children with her. However, he divorced her in 1996, after having come across Bollywood actress Sangeeta Bijlani, as he tied the knot with the latter the very same year. Nonetheless, it did not last long either, as both were divorced in 2010.
Imran Khan: The reigning Prime Minister of Pakistan joins the list for having done so on not two, but three occasions. He was initially married to Jemima Goldsmith in 1995, before divorcing her in 2004. Both have a couple of children, together. He then got married to TV anchor, Reham Khan, in 2014, only for it to last 10 months. It was in 2018 when he got married for the third time, to Bushra Maneka.
Wasim Akram: The former Pakistani all-rounder, too, makes the list. His first marriage to Huma Mufti, since 1996, was going good, as they had two sons. However, it was in 2009 when she passed away due to multiple organ failures. Consequently, Akram married for the second time, in 2013, to an Australia-based former PR, Shaniera Thompson.
Shoaib Malik: This is a famous marriage known to most of the Indians and Pakistanis, as he is married to ace Indian tennis star, Sania Mirza. While the couple were married in a hyped ceremony in 2010, what many don't know that Malik was married previously. His first wife happened to be Ayesha Siddiqui (Maha Siddiqui), as both had got married in 2002. However, it was in 2010 when Malik divorced her just eight days before his marriage to Sania. Currently, Malik has a boy along with Sania.
Dinesh Karthik: The reigning skipper of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is also a member of this list. However, it happens to be a sad story. Karthik was first married to Nikita Vanjara, since 2007. But, he was cheated by her, as she happened to have an affair with Karthik's teammate, Murali Vijay. He divorced her in 2012, while she went on to marry Vijay later. Nonetheless, Karthik then came across squash player, Deepika Pallikal, before getting engaged to her in 2013 and eventually getting married two years later.