Cricket and Bollywood have had a special connection for the last several years. Many Bollywood actresses married veteran cricketers. But do you know about Kapil Dev, the great cricketer who won the World Cup for India, who left the famous Bollywood actress and married a businessman?
Many cricketers in India were in relationships with Bollywood actresses. Some celebrities got married and some got a breakup. Something similar happened with former India cricketer Kapil Dev when he was in a relationship with Bollywood actress Sarika. He never disclosed this in front of the media. It was claimed in many reports that Kapil Dev broke up with Sarika after getting close to a businesswoman.
Kapil Dev and Sarika met each other when they were in the early stages of their careers. He was introduced to Manoj Kumar’s wife Shashi Goswami at a party. They became good friends and started meeting each other regularly. Soon their friendship turned into love. Both were quite serious about each other. But after meeting Romi Bhatia, Kapil changed his mind.
Kapil Dev’s best friend Sunil Bhatia introduced Kapil Dev to Roma Bhatia. Who was a businesswoman? Kapil Dev had fallen in love with Romi at first sight. But Romi was a bit serious about the news of Kapil and Sarika’s relationship. It was claimed in many media reports that Kapil and Sarika can tie the knot anytime. Hearing this news, Kapil reached out to Sarika and apologized to her, and broke up. Then in the year 1980, Kapil Dev finally married Romi Bhatia.
Won the World Cup title after 3 years
In the 1983 World Cup, three years after their marriage, India, led by Kapil Dev, defeated the hosts England in the semi-finals. Then defended a small target of 184 in the final against two-time World Cup champions West Indies. Kapil Dev was the captain of the Indian team. In the final match, he scored 15 runs in 8 balls. Apart from this, he gave 21 runs in 11 overs and took 1 wicket in his name.
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