Madhya Pradesh batsman, Aryaman Birla, son of industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, recently released a statement on Instagram saying that he would be taking an indefinite break from cricket to focus on his mental health. The young player had also been a part of Rajasthan Royals and played two seasons of IPL.Often a taboo subject, especially in sports where it is mostly about performance, winning and constantly exceeding expectations, discussions around mental health are slowly gaining momentum as more players come out with their stories of battling depression, anxiety and mental health issues.We take a look at the sports personalities who have opened up about their mental health struggles:
While cricketers, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Virat Kohli and Zaheer Khan are happily married to their Bollywood better-halves, here’s a look at the famous link-ups that never made it to the end
Cricketer Mithali Raj may have had trolls on her tail for a while now, and we'd like to believe this is her answer to them. The captain of the Indian Women's Cricket was recently trolled for the clothes she was wearing in the photos she posted on social media.
Sachin, his wife Anjali and their close friends and family members promoted ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’, the much-awaited movie, based on the private life of the master blaster, on a Marathi television show.‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ will treat the fans of Sachin Tendulkar by showcasing the romantic side of Sachin Tendulkar.The biopic will have his and wife Anjali’s relationship and the very private life of the master blaster.Initially, Sachin and Anjali were reluctant about showcasing their real life onscreen, but with time, they gave a nod to the same.Producer Ravi Bhagchandka, on the same note, shared, “She (Anjali) took more time to get convinced, she took one and a half years to get convinced”.‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ encapsulates the unknown side of Tendulkar and has created all the right noise and alacrity amongst not only the fans but the audience across the globe.Produced by Bhagchandka of 200 Not Out and Shrikant Bhasi of Carnival Motion Pictures, and helmed by Emmy-nominated James Erskine, ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ is all set to release on May 26. (ANI)Photos by Yogen Shah
It was during Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech’s wedding last year that the rumours of another love affair between a cricketer and an actress started doing the rounds. And the couple in question was – Chak De girl Sagarika Ghatge and Zaheer Khan.And Zaheer’s pictures with Sagarika during Yuvi’s wedding gave way to their blossoming relationship. Soon enough, the rumours of their link-up started doing the rounds.Buzz has it that the two have been dating each other for last six months. Reportedly, the couple met through common friends and hit it off immediately. And rumours got stronger as Zaheer was seen during the screening of Sagarika’s film Irada in Mumbai. The former cricketer was accompanied by his friends Ashish Nehra and Ajit Agarkar. Moreover, Zaheer’s close friend Yuvraj also came with his wife Hazel to the film screening.In a recent interview to Mid-Day, Sagarika opened up to her link-up rumours and said, “Let’s just say I am in a very happy space right now. I have never spoken about my personal relationships. In fact, I have never spoken about anything to the press. Personal space is not for discussion.”Irada, which releases on February 17, also stars Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah. (Photos: Yogen Shah)Text: India Today
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and his wife Anjali were spotted outside a restaurant yesterday. The beloved cricketer, now 43, does not look a day older than 25, don’t you think?One of Indian Cricket’s most illustrious families, the Tendulkars have two children, Arjun and Sara.In an interview, Anjali, who is now 49, recollected how he met Sachin for the first time and was impressed by him. “I didn’t know who Sachin was. I just thought he was cute and I just ran after him,” she said. Anjali also said she pretended to be a journalist to visit Sachin’s house for the first time.Nowadays, Sachin spends his time mentoring the Mumbai Indians IPL team. He is also involved with a number of charities and spends time coaching his son Arjun, who is training for a career in cricket as well.Photos by: YOGEN SHAH
Soon after Yuvraj Singh tied the knot with actress Hazel Keech, his teammate Ishant Sharma got married in the capital on the 9th of December.The fast bowler married noted Indian basketball player Pratima Singh in Delhi, and the entire sporting community, including cricket captain MS Dhoni and newlywed Yuvraj Singh were present to bless the couple.Ishant and Pratima were long-time friends and got engaged earlier this year in August.Here are some highlights from the grand wedding celebrations. Take a look.Photos by YOGEN SHAH
Sachin Tendulkar is India’s most celebrated sports person. Here are five reasons why we need a Bollywood biopic on Mr Tendulkar right now.
One of India’s most successful captains, MS Dhoni’s life will soon be seen on the big screen in his biopic - M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. Actor Sushant Singh Rajput will essay the role of captain cool aka Mahi on the celluloid.Mahi and SSR today launched the trailer of the film at the actor’s former school in New Delhi. During the press interaction, Sushant was asked about the hardest part of donning Dhoni’s character and the toughest shot of the cricketer he had to learn. On this, the actor said, “You can copy the body language easily. Shots and all were not tough but the toughest part for me was to understand why Dhoni is the way he is. He’s all calm from the outside but there’s so much going inside him. What’s his thought process like? How is it so easy to make everything possible? That thought process, which makes it possible to the extent that it doesn’t matter which city/town you belong to - You can conquer everything!”The film is directed by Neeraj Pandey and will release on September 30, 2016. Anupam Kher and Kiara Advani will also be seen in key roles in the film.
We all love to know everything about celebrities, be it their childhood, marriage, affairs or baby news.Weddings are always a big deal and we all love to know inside out about celebrity weddings. From where they met to was it love at first sight or was it childhood friendship which blossomed into love, fans are overtly curious to know every bit about their favourite celebrity’s married life.While most celebrity weddings turn out to be love marriages, there a few who passed on the responsibility to their parents and let them do the hunt.Well, some arranged marriages worked out wonderfully, while a few others did not have the happily ever after they hoped for. Here’s a look at celebrities who had arranged marriages.Image Credit: Movie Talkies
Mumbai:India’s most iconic sportsman, Sachin Tendulkar turns showstopper, launches own clothing brand True Blue store in association with Arvind Fashion Brands, in Mumbai on May 28, 2016. Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh shared the stage with Sachin. Riteish was dressed in a maroon Nehru jacket on a white shirt and Sachin Tendulkar was in his favorite blue attire. Both set the ramp on fire with their incredible fashion style.
Bollywood cricket go hand-in-hand! Be it love affairs with cricketers or movies based on the game, B’wood has a soft corner for the game. Adding to this list is Emraan Hashmi’s Azhar, which is a film based on cricket. The film is directed by Tony D’Souza and is based on the life of Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin.
It is impossible to live in a country like ours and not be swept away in the grand world of cricket. After all, it is a religion here. And an upcoming God in this sport is the ever-charming Virat Kohli. Every girl’s dream man and an utter gentleman, it wouldn’t be unfair to say that Virat Kohli has the country wrapped around his little finger. Scroll on as we stalk through his Instagram profile, and fangirl all over him. You know you want to:
No matter what the occasion, celebrities love to look their fashionable best at any given time. And when it comes to weddings, who better than celebrities to take style cues from. We have in the past seen some stunning brides from Bollywood, who stunned in their exorbitant bridal arrties. Similarly 2015 also saw a whole of celebrities seal the deal in pomp and style. From Shahid Kapoor’s wife Mira Rajput to Naina Bachchan and Soha Ali Khan, here’s a recap of most beautiful celebrity brides of 2015. Image Credit: Pinterest
Another Indian cricketer has joined the doubles club and entered wedlock. The young and good-looking cricketer of Indian Cricket Team, Mohit Sharma recently tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend and fiancée.
There are always some couples who make you believe in forever and after, and Anushka and Virat were undoubtedly one of them. Rumours has it that Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli have called it quits. Heartbroken much? Us too.Now whether it is because they couldn’t settle some issues or maybe it was just not the right time for them to be together; we most certainly do not want to blame the lovebirds. 2016 has unfortunately started off with a not-so-happy note with many B-town couples splitting up, but who would have thought that these two will be the ones to join the list - even more so, so soon! There is no denying that the camaraderie and closeness that ‘Virushka’ (as their fans like to call them) share is hard to miss. And so, we bring to you some of the most adorable memories of the cutest couple:
Top 5 Wacky Yet Stylish Cricket HairdosHow can one add glamour to the game of cricket? While cheer leaders and celebrity audiences fulfil the glamour quotient off field, it is the players who are the fashion Gods on field. You would wonder what more could be done when the dudes on the field have to customarily sport their team’s identity. The answer lies in the hairstyles! This is why cricketers who have a fashion inclination have garnered attention because of the hairstyles they’ve sported on field. Here are the top 5 wackiest hairstyles of recent that no cricket lover will ever forget –M.S DhoniMahindra Singh Dhoni is known to experiment with his hairstyles. Whether it is John Abraham’s Dhoom hairstyle or Mahi in his bald avatar, he knows to pull it off really well. Among all his looks, the Mohawk look created quite a trend among all his fans.Andrew SymondsWho can forget Andrew Symonds and his much talked about dreadlocks. The blonde dreadlocks looked no less than a tarantula on his head while Symonds would swings the ball in action towards much terrified batsmen. Nonetheless, the look supported his overall personality.Lasith MalingaMakinga’s blonde afro look still features in most memes till date. However, the Malinga fans have already accepted it as a very happening hairdo.Chris GayleWho can forget the lovely braids of Chris Gayle! The not so messy neither the in your face feel to it, Gayle’s hairstyle is appreciated even by the non-Gale fans. It is at least better than the ganster hairdo he used to sport. This dude’s got swag and he knows how to flaunt it really well!Virat Kohli Cricket’s bad boy Virat Kohli has become a youth icon. Not only are we all fans of his game, but the entire look he carries is worth mentioning. Kohli is known for his funky hairdos and is also a trend setter.Let’s get ready to see what other style statements are made in 2016, on the pitch!
Australia’s retired pacer (and lover of all things Indian) Brett Lee is acting in a film titled UNIndian, and it is about the quirks of Indian culture. Lee stars opposite Tannishtha Chatterjee (Road, Movie) who plays an Indian single mom settled in Australia, trying to balance the pressures of her responsibilities with the strains of her interfering family wanting her to find “a nice Indian match.” The film is directed by Anupam Sharma, who has worked on the production of such films as Heyy Babyy and We Are Family. He had represented Australia in 76 Test matches and 221 ODIs till 2012. Later, he was part of a band named Six And Out with his brother Shane, Gavin Robertson (both Australia cricketers), Richard Chee Quee and Brad McNamara (both First Class cricketers).