Mumbai: Dashing Rohit Sharma Bowls a ‘Maiden’ over – Set to Wed Childhood Friend Ritika

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Mumbai: Looks like soon after the IPL season, it’s going to be MCL – Married Cricketers’ League Season.

In fact the ‘series’ had begun in 2011. The ‘opening batsman’, Gautam Gambhir, began the ‘innings’ by getting into a lasting partnership with Natasha Jain, followed by Shikhar Dhawan with Ayesha Mukherji in 2012.


It continued in 2014 with the pairing of Cheteshwar Pujara and Puja Pabari, Umesh Yadav and Tanya Wadhwa, Manoj Tiwary and Sushmita Roy, Ashoke Dinda and Sreyasi Rudra, Lakshmipathy Balaji and Priya Thalur, ‘Davanagere Express’ Ranganath Vinay Kumar and Richa Singh, Piyush Chawla and Anubhuti Chauhan, all in a row.

Earlier this year, Suresh Raina tied the knot with Priyanka Chaudhary. Young girls who have been going ga-ga over these cricket heart-throbs are in for more heartbreaks and prospects of their turning ‘J’ to the core could be quite high.

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have been going strong for such a long time that even Michael Slater, during a television presentation, was trapped into pronouncing the Bollywood artiste as the cricketer’s wife in late December 2014. Neither of them was annoyed, we can presume.

Those lined up for ‘match-fixing’ this year include Harbhajan Singh who has been linked with Geeta Basra for quite long. Yuvraj Singh’s name has been heard with Kim Sharma’s for many years. Aanchal Kumar’s name too has been making the rounds.

While they have preferred to wait, Rohit Gurunath Sharma, the Mumbai Indians hitman, has already decided to take a plunge. He has just tweeted and announced his engagement to Ritika Sajdeh, his childhood friend, besides dedicating a recent IPL win to her.

‘From best friends to soulmates, couldn’t get any better,’ was his message about his engagement to Ritika. Ravichandran Ashwin didn’t want to miss a chance and teased him by referring to being ground-mates in cricket.

By the way, the female of the species developed an addiction for cricket only during the past few decades. On the other hand, there are still people around who insist that cricket was basically a game meant for women, what with ‘maidens’, short leg, long leg, fine leg, slips, ‘mid-off’, ‘mid-on’ and many other terms.

That was not a ‘silly point’. Or was it?

Before anyone shoots a ‘googly’, It’s time to ‘duck’ and run for ‘extra cover’.

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