Sport unites people in a way nothing else does. It seeds a connection between sportspersons alike. Two athletes seem to understand each other better as they know what it takes to be successful at their chosen sport. Male cricketers have often stated how their better halves have helped them evolve. And many of them have athletes as their partners.
We at Stumpsandbails bring you a list of 5 cricketers who ended up marrying athletes.
#5 Dinesh Karthik- Dipika Pallikal Karthik
Dinesh Karthik and Dipika Pallikal are one of the most celebrated sports couples in the world. Dinesh Karthik has been in and around the Indian team for more than a decade and a half now while Dipika Pallikal is a national level squash player. She has won gold for India at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. The couple got married in 2015 after 2 years of dating. They paint social media red with their romance.
#4 Shoaib Malik- Sania Mirza
Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza created waves when they decided to get married in 2010. The cross border romance caught everyone’s attention as both were well-respected celebrities in their respective countries. Shoaib Malik made his debut for Pakistan in 1999 and since then, he has been one of the main players for them. While Sania Mirza single-handedly put Indian women’s tennis on the global map. They are two of the fittest athletes in the modern game and their love seems to be growing with every passing day.
#3 David Warner- Candice Warner
David Warner and Candice Warner were all over on social media with their antics during the lockdown. Not many are aware of the fact that Candice Warner is an athlete herself. Before marrying David Warner, she was a professional competitor in the Ironman series: a water-sport based surfing event in Australia. Apart from having a professional water-sport career, Candice Warner is also a retired lifesaver. David Warner as we all know is one of the fiercest opening batsmen in the game currently. The duo makes for a wonderful couple.
#2 Shikhar Dhawan- Ayesha Mukherjee
Shikhar Dhawan openly admits that his wife Ayesha Mukherjee has been a major driving force in his career. The couple fell in love while chatting with each other online and eventually after dating for 3 years got married in 2012. While Dhawan as we all know has been one of India’s prolific opening batsmen in limited-overs who can destroy any bowling attack on his day. Ayesha Mukherjee on the other hand is a trained kickboxer. She is as passionate about fitness as Dhawan is, and is known to be a strict disciplinarian when it comes to training regimes.
#1 Ishant Sharma – Pratima Singh
The tall lanky pacer, Ishant Sharma is an honest trier who gives in his everything when bowling for the country. He was bowled over by basketball player, Pratima Singh off the field. The duo met each other for the first time at Delhi IGMA Basketball League in 2011, where Ishant Sharma was invited as the chief guest. While it took time for them to openly express their feelings for each other, they eventually got married in 2016. Pratima Singh has represented the Indian national team in 3 Asian Basketball Championships (2006, 07, 09) and even at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.