2016 has been an eventful year for the Indian Cricket Team which rose to No.1 ranking in Test Cricket and retained No.2 and No.3 spots in T20 and ODI Cricket respectively.
Barring the exploits on field, there were a few sparks off the field as well. A bunch of Indian cricketers began a different innings altogether shedding their bachelor tags off in epic fashion.
1. Ravindra Jadeja
One of India’s best all-rounders across all formats, Ravindra Jadeja got married to Reeva Solanki, a Rajkot-based mechanical engineer in a grand wedding on April 18. Known as ‘Jaddu’ by teammates and friends, Jadeja began the new phase in life with Reeva who similar to him was born and brought up in Rajkot.
Ravindra Jadeja and Reeva Solanki pose for photographs after exchanging wedding rings
Ravindra Jadeja makes his way to the wedding ceremony in a horse
Family members and close relatives attended the wedding ceremony which took place in Rajkot
2. Robin Uthappa
Indian Cricketer Robin Uthappa got married to his long-time girlfriend, Sheetal Goutham in a Christian wedding on March 3, 2016. The Karnataka player had proposed to Sheetal on his 30th birthday and got engaged soon after.
The couple share their engagement date with Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech. They also share their wedding date with another cricketer Dhawal Kulkarni who tied the knot with Shraddha Kharpude this year.
Newly married couple, Robin Uthappa and Sheetal Goutham pose for photos after the wedding
Sheetal comes from a Hindu family and married Robin in a Christian wedding ceremony
3. Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan married Safa Baig, a 21-year-old Jeddah-based model in a Muslim wedding at Haram Shareef in Mecca. The couple met in Dubai and were in a relationship for two years before deciding to take it to the next level.
Safa even visited Irfan and his parents in Vadodara before the marriage. The ‘nikkah’ was a private ceremony attended only by family members and close relatives.
Irfan Pathan married renowned nail artist, Safa Baig in a traditional Muslim wedding in Saudi Arabia
Irfan Pathan with his wife Safa Baig in Mecca
The couple was recently blessed with a baby boy and Irfan took to Twitter to share the good news with the world.
4. Yuvraj Singh
India’s 2011 World Cup hero, Yuvraj Singh tied the nuptial knot with girlfriend Hazel Keech in a big Bollywood-style wedding on November 30. Attended by family members, relatives, and teammates, the ceremony turned out to be one of the most exciting affairs of 2016.
Newlyweds Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech during a photo shoot before the wedding ceremony
Yuvraj and Hazel during the grand cocktail celebration in Chandigarh after the wedding
The celebrations after wedding saw Yuvraj Singh dance and have fun with players of the Indian Cricket Team.
Virat Kohli was present in the ceremony along with girlfriend Anushka Sharma. The couple danced to tunes after the wedding and made the whole celebration a stunning visual treat.
5. Varun Aaron
Indian speedster Varun Aaron married his childhood sweetheart, Ragini at a Jamshedpur Court on February 4. Following this, the couple had a wedding at church which was attended by cricketers, corporate executives, politicians, and Jharkhand state cricket association members.
Varun Aaron and Ragini after their wedding at the Registrar Office
Aaron threw a huge cocktail party in Golmuri for friends and teammates after the wedding
6. Dhawal Kulkarni
Indian pacer Dhawal Kulkarni tied the knot with Shraddha Kharpude in a Maharashtrian-style wedding in March 2016. The wedding ceremony took place according to Hindu traditions and was attended by family members and close friends.
The couple had been dating for four years and decided that it was time to begin a new phase in life together. The wedding was followed by a grand and lavish reception in the evening.
Dhawal Kulkarni and Shraddha Kharpude before the wedding ceremony at St Regis hotel in South Mumbai
Dhawal Kulkarni tied the knot with his long time love after getting engaged in June 2015
Now that’s what we call a clean dismissal 😛