The lives of cricket players is one of the things that the fans of the game cherish to follow. Be it on the field or off it, everything that transpires in their life is a hot topic of discussion among the fans if and when it comes out in the public domain. So, here’s a look at 5 such cricketers who married their relative or friend’s wife.
1. Virender Sehwag
One of the most swashbuckling openers in the history of Indian cricket, render Sehwag, many may not know, married his relative. His wife, Aarti Ahlawat, was his relative. The two started liking each other over time, and the duo after a 3 year period of being together, tied the knot in the year 2004. And, since then they have been together and share their life’s happenings on social media often.
2. Murali Vijay
The relation between the ace Indian opener, Murali Vijay and his wife has been on the spicier side of things. Nikita, the woman he is married to at the moment and has kids with her, as many may know was the wife of Vijay’s national teammate, Dinesh Karthik, and it was during the Indian Premier League 2012, that Karthik parted ways with Nikita as she moved on to get together with Vijay and he found himself in this list of cricketers who married their relative or friend’s wife.
3. Upul Tharanga
Just like the curious case between Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthik, the story of Upul Tharanga, his wife Nilanka Vithanage, and her relationship with Tillakaratne Dilshan is an interesting one to read. Nilanka and Dilshan decided to part ways when the news of her relationship with Tharanga started gathering wind. And, later she did tie the knot with Tharanga, after parting ways with Dilshan.
4. Saeed Anwar
One of the biggest names in Pakistani cricket in his time, Saeed Anwar, got hitched to his cousin named Lubna Anwar. They married in 1996 and were living happily before tragedy struck them. Their daughter, Bismah died in the year 2001 suffering for a long time with a disease, but they got through that period with strength and determination.
5. Shahid Afridi
Popularly called ‘Boom Boom Afridi’ by his fans, Shahid Afridi, the most iconic and most followed cricket player to ever come out of Pakistan, got married to his cousin, with whom he apparently does not have any close or blood relationship. Nadia Afridi, his wife got married to Shahid after their families helped them get together and get married.