Cricket is a constant topic in many households. Being an extremely popular game, the players are looked up to by their fans. They are so loved by their fans, that they have been given celebrity status.
Obviously, Cricketers make the news for their amazing game-play and contribution to the game. Having said that, there are times when the personal lives of these players make the headlines. We live in an era where social media doesn’t let anything slips its eyes. The personal lives of these cricketers are always exposed on various platforms.
Here’s a list of some cricketers whose first marriage didn’t work out as well as they hoped.
Vinod Kambli was one of India’s finest left-handed batsmen. He played for the Indian team from 1991-2000. He was first married to Noella Lewis in 1998. She was a hotel receptionist in Pune at the time. Their marriage didn’t work out and they had to part ways. Later on, Kambli re-married. This time he married Andrea Hewitt, a fashion model. He currently is still married to her and they are blessed with a son.
Mohammad Azharuddin, too is a cricketer turned politician. He was a renowned player of the Indian team and he captained the team too. In 1987 he married his first wife, Naureen. The marriage was claimed to be an arranged one. It lasted for 9 years. The couple had two children; unfortunately one died in a car accident. It was rumoured that he was having an extramarital affair with actress Sangeeta Bijlani. They eventually got married, but they called it off in 2010. The reason behind this was his alleged attachment with Jwala Gutta.
Yes, you read right! Dinesh Kartik’s first failed marriage did come across as a shock to many. Dinesh Kartik initially married his childhood friend Nikita Vanjara in 2007. To his bad luck, Nikita fell in love with Murali Vijay, Dinesh’s teammate. In 2013, Dinesh filed for divorce and went his own way. In 2015, Dinesh re-married squash sensation Deepika Pallikal. They seem very happy together.
The cricketer turned actor is most famous for his son, Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj is a highly successful cricketer himself. But that isn’t the only reason Yograj has been in the media. Yograj who comes from a Sikh family, “defied” society by getting married to a Muslim lady named Shabnam. Together they had Yuvraj. This marriage didn’t last long. The reason behind this is, Yograj wanted Shabnam to stay at home, while she wanted to work and pursue her dreams. This created a rift between their marriage and eventually, they settled for divorce.
After this first failed marriage, Yograj married Satveer Kaur, a Punjabi lady. Together they had two children.
Graeme Smith was the youngest player to captain the South African team. In 2011 he married Morgan Deane, who was an Irish singer. Together they had two children, a girl and a boy.
Four years after that, in 2015, the former skipper announced that they have filed for divorce.
He fell in love again and married his then-girlfriend, Romy. In 2016, Romy who has his girlfriend at the time, gave birth to his third child. It was in 2018 that the couple decided to get engaged.