There is an old saying that love has no religion and the saying does not differ in the case of Indian cricketers. There are few cricketers, who followed their heart and married outside of their religion-
8- Vinod Kambli and Noelle Lewis, Andrea Hewitt
Vinod Kambli, who happens to be a Hindu, married a Christian- Noella Lewis in the year 1998. The marriage didn’t work and the couple soon filed for a divorce. Kambli again found his love in Andrea Hewitt and turned a Christian after his second marriage in 2010.
7- Nawab Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore
The name of Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi in taken with great respect in Indian cricket. Nawab Mansoor Pataudi, who happens to be a muslim nawab, married Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore in December 1969, who is a Hindu Bengali.
6- Ajit Agarkar and Fatima
Ajit Agarkar, the former pace bowler of the Indian cricket team, married Shia Muslim girl Fatima in the year 2007. Fatima is the sister of Agarkar’s friend and often used to visit the stadium to see the pacer in action. The two soon became friends and decided to spend the rest of their life together.
5- Saba Karim and Rashmi Roy
Former India wicket-keeper batsman Saba Karim, who is a muslim has also married outside his religion. The name of the wife is Rashmi Roy, who is a Hindu.
4- Mohammad Kaif and Pooja Yadav
One of the finest fielders at point, Mohammad Kaif, who is a muslim by religion married Pooja Yadav, who is a hindu. Kaif was the first Indian captain to win the U19 World Cup in 2000.
3- Mohammad Azharuddin and Sangeeta Bijlani
Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin was married to Bollywood actress and model Sangeeta Bijlani in 1996. To marry Bijlani, Azhar divorced his first wife, Naurin and then married the Bollywood diva. The power couple got separated in 2010 after 14 years of togetherness.
2- Dinesh Karthik and Dipika Pallikal
After a sad end to his first marriage, Dinesh Karthik, who is a Hindu by birth married squash player and 2014 Commonwealth games gold medallist- Dipika Pallikal, who hails from a Christian family.
1- Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge
Zaheer Khan’s alleged affair with Chak De India girl Sagarika Ghatge was confirmed after they walked together in the marriage of Yuvraj Singh. The couple got engaged on May 23, 2017, and got hitched on November 23, 2017 in a court marriage.