Bollywood’s love affair with Men in Blue is not new. From Tiger Pataudi-Sharmila Tagore to Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma’s love affair, there has always been a strong connect between cricketers and b-town’s ladies. But did you know, even Madhuri Dixit was smitten by a cricketer, 18 years senior to her!
This Queen of hearts has serenaded many, popular among them being Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff and the likes. But ofcourse she lost her heart to someone much much older. In fact he wasn’t even an actor. No. We are not talking about her husband Dr. Nene. We are talking about a certain cricketer who was Madhuri’s love interest all the while. albeit secretly!
Yes, an old interview of Dhak Dhak Girl has surfaced where she confessed her love for Sunil Gavaskar, who wasn’t even playing then. Back in 1992, Madhuri Dixit said in an interview to India Today, “I am mad for Sunil Gavaskar. He is too sexy. I want to run behind him and he even came in my dream.” She was a 25 year old actress at the peak of her career then and Sunil Gavaskar was 43, “I have seen him playing cricket for India and I like so much,” said Madhuri.
No surprises there, as Gavaskar was considered one of the greatest opening batsman who had set numerous records with his bat. Madhuri Dixit was also the most popular actress at that time linked with every co-star. Rumours of her dating Sanjay Dutt were also doing the rounds before the actor got involved in 1993 Mumbai blasts which was reportedly the turning point of their relationship.
We look at the modern day couples in Bollywood actresses and cricketers – take for instance Harbajan Singh – Geeta Basra, Virat Kohli – Anushka Sharma, Yuvraj Singh-Hazel Keech etc. But seems like it is not a new phenomena!
Turns out Madhuri was in love with none other than India’s cricketer heartthrob Sunil Gavaskar. Back then, Gavaskar was not regarded as one of the greatest opening batsmen without reason. With his bat, the man would set world records for most test centuries and most test runs scored by any batsmen. And Madhuri was one of Bollywood’s top heroines.