Indian cricketer and Karnataka captain won at both his professional and personal life as he became the latest cricketer to tie the nuptial knot with an actress. Manish Pandey, one day after winning the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy for Karnataka got married to the famous Tamil actress Ashritha Shetty in Mumbai.
The 26 years old bride Ashritha, who started her acting career at a very young age of 19 has had a noteworthy acting career so far. She made her Tamil film debut in 2012 with the movie Telikeda Bolli but her big break came in 2013 when she featured along with Siddharth in the movie Udhayam NH4 . Her other significant works can be seen in movies like Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavaanikalum which came in 2014 and Indrajith in 2017.
The stylish batsman from Karnataka, started his career with winning the 2008 U-19 WC for India under Virat Kohli. He was picked by Mumbai Indians in the first season of IPL and one year later, he became the youngest Indian to score an IPL 100 while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was the architect of Kolkata Knight Riders winning the IPL trophy in 2014 with his Man of the Match performance in final.
His international career started in 2015 when he was included in the Indian squad to tour Zimbawe. In the beginning of very next year, he scored a memorable 100 in Sydney to guide India to the only win in that series. Even though he hasn’t done anything very significant after that and his international career has seen a downward graph since that heroic, he has been a proven performer for his state side in domestic cricket.
— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) December 1, 2019
Just the other day he led his side to a narrow 1 run over win over Tamil Nadu in the final of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He himself scored 60 off 45 balls to ensure Karnataka gets to a good total. He has been a consistent run getter for India A which is why he keeps finding himself in Indian men’s squad time & again.
Looking forward to the India series, but before that there is another important series for me, I am getting married tomorrow,”
– Manish Pandey during presentation after the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final.
Manish is not the first cricketer to have shared a bond with an actress. Indian captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma are the most glamorous Cricket-Bollywood combination in the country. Apart from these two, Zaheer Khan – Sagarika Ghatge, Harbhajan Singh – Geeta Basra, Yuvraj Singh – Hazel Keech, Mohammad Azharuddin – Sangeeta Bijlani, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi – Sharmila Tagore are some of the most iconic blend of Cricket and Glamour world sharing a lifelong bond (Hopefully, for few of them).