The legendary Sachin Tendulkar touched on how his wife was his biggest support over the course of his career during his retirement speech.
“Anjali, you are the best partnership that I had in my life,” Tendulkar said during his epic farewell speech that melted hearts back in 2013.
After all, behind every successful man, there is a woman and it is no different for the Indian cricketers who endure the rigorous grind and enormous pressure that comes with international cricket.
With that in mind, here’s a list of a few popular Indian cricketers and their partners who are there through the highs and lows that are a part of any athlete’s career.
Virat Kohli’s wife: Anushka Sharma
Popular Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma is Virat Kohli’s wife. She started her acting career in 2007 and starred opposite Shahrukh Khan in her debut film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in 2008. Virat and Anushka first met on the sets of a shampoo commercial in 2014. After many years of speculation, the duo finally got married in 2017.
Hardik Pandya’s wife: Natasa Stankovic
Natasa Stankovic is Hardik Pandya’s wife. She is a Serbian model and actress who has featured in popular rap artist Badshah’s music video DJ Waley Babu. The duo reportedly met for the first time at a nightclub in Mumbai. Hardik and Natasa tied the knot on May 31, 2020.
Rohit Sharma’s wife: Ritika Sajdeh
Rohit Sharma’s wife is Ritika Sajdeh. She is a professional sports manager and has worked with Cornerstone Sports and Entertainment. As per reports, Rohit and Ritika were introduced to each other by Yuvraj Singh during a Reebok shoot in 2008. After six years of seeing each other, they got married on December 13, 2015.
Jasprit Bumrah’s wife: Sanjana Ganesan
Popular TV model and presenter Sanjana Ganesan is Jasprit Bumrah’s wife. Jasprit Bumrah was first interviewed by Sanjana Ganesan during his initial years in the Indian T20 League. According to reports, the pair became close friends after the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) annual award show ‘Naman.’ They got married on March 15, 2021.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s wife: Prithi Narayanan
Ravichandran Ashwin’s wife is Prithi Narayanan. Ashwin and Prithi were close friends since their school days and later studied in SSN College of Engineering and Technology in Chennai. The couple got married on November 11, 2013. Prithi has a B. Tech degree in Information Technology.
Ishant Sharma’s wife: Pratima Singh
Pratima Singh is Ishant Sharma’s wife. She has represented India in basketball at the international level. Both Ishant and Pratima met for the first time in a local basketball tournament where the Indian speedster was introduced by a friend to his future wife. After three years of courtship, the couple tied the knot on December 9, 2016.
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