Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone’s connection with the game goes back a long way. Who can forget the time during the second half of the last decade when Indian cricket stars Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh were linked with the stunning actress at different times.
In fact, the actress was even spotted with the cricketers on several occasions, raising speculations of a relationship. However, all the rumours were soon quashed, as Dhoni got married while the actress found a different partner.
But keeping those rumours of being in a relationship with the cricketers aside, Deepika is an ardent follower of the game and has been seen in the stands cheering her team on several occasions. And in case, you are thinking who is her favourite cricketer, let us tell you it is neither Dhoni nor Yuvraj.
The Bollywood actress, during an interview in the 2011 IPL, had revealed her favourite cricketer.
Expressing her delight over the bond cricket and Bollywood share in the country, she had said:
“Happy with Bollywood’s innovative idea of promoting films at cricket venues. I think cricket and cinema are like religions in our country. So, it’s nice to get the two together and hope this combination works.”
And when she was asked about her favourite cricketer she named the legendary Sachin Tendulkar before backing Virat Kohli to succeed in the future.
“Sachin is iconic, but I think among the younger lot, Virat Kohli is extremely talented. I just hope he doesn’t lose focus, and if he continues playing the way he does, he has a great future,” she had said.
Well, Kohli, who is arguably the best batsman in the world right now, was just finding his feet in the game at that point of time and considering the way Deepika had predicted a bright future for Kohli, one can say that the Bollywood actress knows a thing or two about the game.