Cricketers or sportspersons often like to marry those people who have rather lesser professional commitment relatively. The reason behind it is pretty obvious. They rarely get to see their spouses due to all the tours and matches going around. Hence, once they get some free time between tours , they’d want to spend it with someone who has less work related commitments so that she/he can give them enough time.
Although this isn’t the case with everyone. A lot of cricketers have chosen someone from acting industry as their life partner which is a very popular thing to follow, particularly in India. In this article, we will focus on 5 cricketers across the world who married another fellow cricketer or a sportsperson in general.
Mitchell Starc – Alyssa Healy
Aussie speedster Mitchell Starc became the first cricketer to marry another fellow cricketer when he tied the nuptial knot with current Australian wicket keeper btaswoman Alyssa Healy in April 2016. Alyssa also happens to be the daughter of legendary Australian wicket keeper Ian Healy.
The couple knew each other since the age of 9 when they met each other during an U-11 game. They both shared an unique interest between them which was the love for wicket keeping. Starc at junior level used to be a wicket keeper but later decided to become a fast bowler. The friendship turned into relationship when Starc was leaving for the tour of India in 2010.
In April 2016, when most of Starc’s teammates were busy representing various franchises in IPL, Starc wed Alyssa in a very simple manner with few of Starc’s New South Wales mates attending the function.
Mitchell Starc has played 54 Tests and 85 ODIs while Alyssa Healy has represented Australia in 73 ODIs and 101 T20Is. She recently shattered all the previous records by scoring 148* off 61 balls in a T20 match against Sri Lanka.
Ishant Sharma – Pratima Singh
The tall and lanky fast bowler of Indian cricket team tied knots with Indian women’s Basketball team player Pratima Singh in December 2016. Pratima hails from a sporting family where all her sisters have either played Basketball for India or are currently playing for the national team.
The 6 ft 5 inch tall right arm fast bowler, Ishant made his international debut back in 2008 on the tour of Australia. Since then, he has gone on to play 96 Test matches and 80 ODIs for his country picking up a total of 407 international wickets in that process. Sharma was a long time friend of Pratima. It was in June 2016, when they decided to take their friendship to next level as they got engaged.
Ishant’s wedding wasn’t attended by many of his teammates as they were busy playing the 4th Test match against England at that time. MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh did come to the function which was held in Gurgaon (Gurugram now).
Shoaib Malik- Sania Mirza
Pakistani cricketer and former captain Shoaib Malik married Indian Tennis superstar and World’s number 1 Doubles player at that moment, Sania Mirza on April 12, 2010 in a very secretive wedding ceremony. Their marriage was sure to attract a lot of eyeballs as it was not just a normal wedding where two families meet, it was a meeting of two countries when both of them didn’t like each other.
How they met
Shoaib and Sania bumped into each other in a restaurant in Hobart, Australia when Pakistani Team was there for the tour while Sania had gone to participate in Australian open grand slam. They soon became a couple and their relationship blossomed thereafter. In April 2010, both of them decided to quote the epic word ” Qubool Hai ” for each other.
Sania has faced a lot of heat as people in subcontinent love to blame the WAGs for the failures in performances . However, it never affected their personal bonding. Sania and Shoaib were blessed with a baby boy in October 2018 whom they named ‘ Izhaan Mirza Malik ‘.
Shoaib has had a very illustrious career for Pakistan in which he has dawned Pakistani jersey on 433 occasions. Sania too has a very successful Tennis career as she has won a total of 7 Doubles Grand slam in her career.
Dinesh Karthik – Dipika Pallikal
Indian wicket keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik wed Squash star Dipika Pallikal in a very decorative function held in a church in Chennai in August 2015. Dinesh, who got separated with his first wife Nikita Vanjara in 2012 proposed Dipika in 2013 just after he won the Champions Trophy.
“We got to know each other at the gym, but there was nothing more, contrary to what most media reports seem to suggest.”
– Dipika on how she met Dinesh Karthik
Dipika and Dinesh met each other at a gym where they used to train under the same coach, Basu. Dipika didn’t like cricketers much back then as her notion of cricketers making other sportspersons dwarf by their stature was very strong. It was only after meeting and getting to know Karthik that her opinion about cricketers changed.
The couple had planned to get marry in 2014 which was pushed back to 2015 due to professional commitments. On Aug 18, 2015, these two chose each other as life partners in a christian style wedding. 2 days later, they followed the Hindu rituals to complete their wedding. Karthik has represented India in 94 ODIs while his wife has won 11 tittles for India in her professional career.
Dane Van Niekerk – Marizane Kapp
South African Women’s team captain Dane Van Niekerk tied knots with her teammate and the fast bowler all-rounder Marizane Kapp in July 2018. The couple became second active couple to play for the same team after New Zealand’s Amy Satterwhaite and Lea Tahuhu.
Even though Lesbian or Gay marriage is still considered as a taboo in certain parts of the world which also includes Indian subcontinent despite Supreme court making it legal in the country, these two set an example for other LGBT couples to come forward and marry the love of their lives as marriage should always be a very personal choice.
Both made their international debut in a span of two days during WT20 in 2009. Since then, their career too has seen an identical path with Niekerk picking up 128 wickets and scoring over 2000 runs from the 99 ODIs while Kapp taking 118 wickets and scoring around 1800 runs in the 105 ODIs.
During the WT20 2018, they became the first couple to bat together in an international match. These two stitched a 67 runs partnership to guide South Africa to a comfortable 7 wickets win over Sri Lanka.