As the famous saying goes - behind every successful man, there's always a woman. But when you are a top-notch cricketer, the woman is generally glamorous. With over a billion fans across the globe, cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world today and the cricketers are no less than gods themselves.
Money has never been a problem for them and of course fame is one thing they all have. And as expected when money and fame get together, one can certainly not miss out on glamour - which is exactly where the wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of the cricket icons come into picture.
Their love stories interests us and the break-ups become the talk of the town. Eye-candy for the shutterbugs as they may seem, but the WAGs surely complete the persona of the popular names in cricket.
After all, everyone knows no sport is a big deal until its players can attract extremely good-looking partners. And, as it turns out, the cricket players can most certainly do that. Here's a look at some of the hottest WAGs who've made the prominent cricketers more famous:
1. Anushka Sharma
Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli became the talk of the town after he was spotted with Bollywood hottie Anushka Sharma. After denying the rumours of the two dating each other, Virat confirmed his relationship with Anushka at the launch of his fashion line in Mumbai in November, 2014.
2. Sania Mirza
The Indian tennis sensation sent shockwaves across the cricket world after she married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik in 2010. The duo began dating after Sania's wedding with her childhood friend Sohrab Mirza, a millionaire businessman, was called off shortly after their engagement in 2009.
3. Ayesha Mukherjee
India's opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan got engaged to the Melbourne-based Ayesha Mukherjee - an Anglo-British by nationality in 2009. She was introduced to Dhawan by teammate Harbhajan Singh on Facebook. The couple got married in 2012 and have been in the limelight ever since. Before marrying Dhawan, Ayesha was married to an Australian businessman for 10 years. However, due to some personal issues, they got divorced in 2012 and Ayesha got the custody of her two daughters.
4. Mayanti Langer
India's newly-found all-rounder Stuart Binny married the Indian TV sports journalist Mayanti Langer in 2012. Mayanti has hosted many tournaments including Football Cafe on Zee Sports, 2010 FIFA World Cup broadcast on ESPN, 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2014 Indian Super League and 2015 ICC World Cup.
5. Daniella Anderson
The 38-year-old former model married England seamer James Anderson in 2006. The couple met for the first time in August 2004 at London's Elysium nightclub. The two had their first baby girl, Lola Rose, in 2009 and in 2010, their second daughter Ruby Luxe was born.
6. Jessica Bratich
Australia's fiery seam bowler Mitchell Johnson married his long-time girlfriend Jessica Bratich in Western Australia in 2011. An accomplished sportswoman herself, Bratich won the bronze medal in the 2006 Karate World Championships. The 33-year-old also runs her own accessories business and is mother to three-year-old daughter Rubika.
7. Dipika Pallikal
Indian squash player Dipika Pallikal married Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik in both traditional Christian and Hindu wedding style in 2015. Pallikal, who became the first Indian squash player to break into the top 10 of the World Squash rankings, has been engaged to Karthik since November 15, 2013. Pallikal had met Karthik after he divorced his first wife and childhood friend Nikita who is now married to Indian Test opener Murali Vijay.
8. Bealey Mitchell
After moving on from his brief relationships with English actress Kacey Barnfield and former Miss England Laura Coleman, England's bowling spearhead Stuart Broad started dating the Zumba dancing teacher Bealey Mitchell. The couple started dating last summer after being introduced by friends on a night out. According to the Mirror, Broad was instantly smitten with the beauty and asked his pals for her number. But since Bealey was in a relationship at that time, the England cricketer was forced to take a step back. And after her split, Bealey tracked Broad down and the two got together.
9. Sakshi Dhoni
India's ODI skipper MS Dhoni married his schoolmate Sakshi Singh Rawat, a native of Dehradun, on 4 July, 2010. The two studied together at the DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir in Shyamali, Ranchi. At the time of their marriage, Sakshi was studying hotel management and was working as a trainee at the Taj Bengal in Kolkata. On 6 February 2015, Dhoni became the proud father of a baby girl named Ziva.
10. Danielle de Villiers
South African batting sensation AB de Villiers married his long-time girlfriend Danielle Swart in 2013. During the IPL 5 in 2012, the right-handed batsman took a break from the cash-rich tournament and proposed Danielle at the Taj Mahal which is the most romantic place on the earth. In June 2015, the two were blessed with a baby boy named 'AB'.
11. Ritika Sajdeh
After dating each other for six years, Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma proposed his best friend Ritika Sajdeh for marriage on 28 April, 2015. Ritika, a sports manager, is a renowned name in the world of cricket and handles a long list of cricketers including Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai Indians skipper drove his 28-year-old fiance from her Cuffe Parade residence in Mumbai to the Borivali Sports Club and gave her a solitaire ring. The couple got engaged at a private ceremony in Mumbai on 3 June, 2015.
12. Jeanne Kietzmann
South African speedster Dale Steyn has been dating Jeanne Kietzmann since 2007. The couple's romance began when Steyn spotted Kietzmann while she was working in a restaurant in Cape Town. The gorgeous brunette bowled him over. Steyn asked for her number and called her the next day. As they say, the rest is history.
13. Arthi Venkatesh
Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman and son of former Indian cricketer Kris Srikanth, Anirudha Srikkanth married Arthi Venkatesh - an upcoming model in Chennai - in January 2012. Arthi is a typical of the modern Indian girl: fun, whacky and a savvy girl who has a huge fan following multiple social media platforms. The couple live in a 3000-square feet, swank, four-bedroom apartment in Chennai's Abhiramapuram. The plush house is designed by Arthi, who is also a qualified interior decorator.
14. Candice Falzon
Australian opener David Warner married Candice Falzon, a professional ironwoman and a model, in April 2015. The left-handed batsman had proposed Falzon, who was three months pregnant with their daughter Ivy Mae, on their trip to Cape Town in 2014. The couple had their first child on 11 September and on 15 July 2015, the two also announced that they are expecting their second child - another daughter.
15. Sue Erasmus Duminy
After dating each other for two years, South African all-rounder JP Duminy married Sue Erasmus in 2011. Duminy met Erasmus, a part-time model, at a fashion show where she was one of the models showcasing the new Proteas kit. She immediately caught his eye and despite being an introvert JP went across to speak to her. Their reception was held at the luxurious Val de Vie estate near Paarl. Duminy proclaimed his wedding vows in English while Erasmus completed hers in Afrikaans. Later in the evening Duminy switched over to Afrikaans during his speech in order to thank his new in-laws.
16. Lee Furlong Watson
Australian batsman Shane Watson married the stunning Fox News sports presenter Lee Furlong in Killcare Hotel on the NSW Central Coast in 2010. The couple met through common friends in 2006 and since that time they were dating each other. The couple became the proud parents of a baby boy named Will in March 2013 and their second child 'Matilda Victoria' was born in May 2015.
17. Tanya Perera
Sri Lankan bowling legend Lasith Malinga married Tanya Perera on 22 January 2010 in Waters Edge Hotel in Battaramulla. Tanya, a Public Relations manager, met Malinga during an advertising campaign her company was handling for the Sri Lankan star. After interacting during the campaign, the two became good friends and spent a lot of time together. Tanya, who started her career as a banker, is also a specialist ballroom dancer and a good choreographer. The couple is blessed with two kids - a boy and girl.
18. Haley Rich-Bracken
Former Australian bowler Nathan Bracken is to married Haley Rich and the couple has a child named Chase. Haley is a well-known dancer, singer, model and host in Australia. In 2011, she was also voted Mrs International Australia. She was a runner-up in the eleventh season of Australia's popular TV show 'Dancing With The Stars'.
19. Umme Ahmed Shishir
One of the greatest all-rounders to be produced by Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan married his 23-year-old American girlfriend Umme Ahmed Shishir on 12 December, 2012. The couple met each other while Shakib was playing county cricket for Worcestershire in England, when Shishir visited England in 2011. Shakib was Bangladesh's most eligible bachelor until he found his love in Shishir, who is currently studying in Minnesota.