Love has no limits & age is a limit that true love often ignores. Age is just a number & if two people are madly in love with each other nothing can stop them from being together.
In this advanced era of the 21st century, two people who love each other give more importance to the beautiful bond they share, instead of considering stereotypical factors like age, height, wealth, or religion. When the hearts of two people gets perfectly matched then it doesn’t matter if their age gets mismatched! This is the reality in the case of some renowned cricketers who share a huge age difference with their wives. However, this age gap doesn’t reduce the love & respect these couples have for each other.
So here we bring for you some popular cricketers who share huge age gap with their wives. By looking at the beautiful bond which they share with each other you will surely realize that indeed age is just a number & love doesn’t consider it at all!
1. Sachin Tendulkar & Anjali Mehta:
Sachin Tendulkar is undoubtedly one of the best batsmen in the history of World Cricket. He has accomplished major accolades in both personal & professional lives. Everyone knows about his professional highs but less did anyone know that Sachin’s wife Anjali’s role in Sachin’s celebrated career. Sachin has often said in his interviews that his wife Anjali Tendulkar has been a big support system in his successful cricketing career.
But did you know that Anjali Tendulkar is 6 years elder than Master Blaster? Yes, you have heard it right! Anjali Tendulkar is six years elder to legendary Sachin Tendulkar but age never has been a hurdle in the adorable bond the duo shares. Sachin & Anjali’s love story started in 1990 at the Mumbai Airport when the duo met each other for the first time.
Anjali went to the Airport to receive her mother while the ‘Master Blaster’ was returning from England along with the Indian team after registering his maiden test century. Anjali was not a follower of cricket but she found Sachin as cute & thus she started shouting & waving at him. Somehow she managed to get Sachin’s number. The duo slowly started dating each other & shared a long-distance relationship before they tied a knot in 1995. Sachin & Anjali are proud parents to two children & their bond is only getting stronger with each passing year.
2. Shikhar Dhawan & Ayesha Mukherjee:
Indian Cricket team’s ‘Gabbar’ has a unique love story. Ayesha Dhawan is 10 years older than Shikhar Dhawan & had two children from her first marriage. But these factors didn’t affect Shikhar’s blooming love for Ayesha.
Ayesha Mukherjee was initially settled in Australia at quite a young age & had two children from her previous marriage. Shikhar found her on Facebook as she was a mutual friend of Harbhajan Singh. After stalking her profile, Shikhar Dhawan fell in love with Ayesha. We can say our ‘Gabbar’ got clean bowled by Ayesha’s beauty. They started talking with each other on social media before coming into a relationship. The couple got engaged in 2009, & officially got married in 2012 only after Shikhar Dhawan become a prolific batsman in the World Cricket.
Not to forget, Ayesha Dhawan is 10 years elder than Shikhar Dhawan but this is the real essence of their flawless relationship. Currently the skipper of India’s white-ball team, Shikhar Dhawan is just 15 years older than his elder daughter (Ayesha’s daughter from first her first husband) & no doubt Dhawan is nailing his role of father.
3. Glenn McGrath & Sara Leonardi
The former Australia pacer Glenn McGrath’s love story is not less than a fiction story. McGrath’s first wife Jane passed away in the year 2008 after battling breast cancer. After the death of his beloved wife, Glenn McGrath was in deep grief & has decided that he would never fall in love with anyone else. But God has some different plans for the former Aussie pacer.
As McGrath was trying to get out from the grief of his wife’s death, he met Sara Leonardi during the Indian Premier League 2009. The duo met at a party in Cape Town in April 2009. After dating for seven months, Sara & Glenn McGrath tied the knot in November 2010. Sara is an interior designer & notably, she is 12 years younger than the former Australian pacer. Sara Leonardi has played a crucial role in helping McGrath get back to normal life after the loss of his first wife Jane. Though Sara is 12 years younger than McGrath, the way she helped him to come out of grief & resume his life with new hopes is truly commendable.
4. Wasim Akram & Shaneira Thompson
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram is one of the greatest bowlers in the history of ‘World Cricket’. Just like his bowling stint, his love life is also full of twists & turns. The legendary pacer got married to Huma Mufti in 1995 & they were together for almost 15 years before Huma died due to multiple organ failures in 2009.
The pacer got devastated by the tragic incident but finally, Shaneira came into Akram’s life to help him overcome the tragic loss of his wife. After four years of Huma’s demise, Wasim Akram met Shaneira Thompson in Melbourne & fell in love with her.
He went to Melbourne to participate in a local poker tournament at Crown Casino where he co-incidentally met Shaneira. Love re-entered into Wasim’s life in face of Shaneira & the duo got engaged in the same year. The lovebirds got married in 2013 in an intimate ceremony in Lahore. It is quite astonishing to know that Shaneira Thompson is 17 years younger than the former captain. But age never seemed to be a barrier to their bond as love has always dominated their relationship.
5. Shoaib Akhtar & Rubab Khan
Another cricketer who is on the list is none other than ‘Rawalpindi express’ Shoaib Akhtar. The former Pakistan speedster is known for his fierce & outspoken personality. Shoaib is one of the dangerous pacers of his time who used to deliver balls at a deadly pace of 100 mph. However this time it was Shoaib’s down-to-earth nature that stole Rubab’s heart. Despite being 18 years younger than him, Rubab agreed to become Akhtar’s better half.
Rubab Khan & Shoiab Akhtar’s marriage talks started when Shoaib was performing hajj in Saudi Arabia in 2013. During hajj, Shoaib met Rubab’s father & asked him to find a girl for him. But as a surprise for Shoaib Akhtar, Rubab’s father offered his daughter’s hand to him for marriage.
The couple tied the knot in 2014 in an intimate private wedding ceremony which was attended by close friends & relatives. Notably, Rubab Khan is 18 years younger than Shoaib Akhtar but this didn’t affect Rubab’s decision of spending the rest of her life with him. The two are madly in love with each other & age is truly just a number in their beautiful love story.
These renowned cricketers though share a huge age difference with their wives but still, they are perfect examples of ‘made for each other’. They never fail to give us major ‘couple goals’ & truly form ideal pairs!