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Indian cricketers' wives and their professions
Indian cricketers' wives and their professions

Indian Cricketers’ Wives And Their Professions

Indian cricketers always try to give their best on the field that ultimately helps the Indian team to consistently improve and maintain successful performances. Some of the Indian cricketers’ wives are also very successful in their respective professions.

Here are some of the Indian cricketers’ wives and their professions

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Tanya Wadhwa is the wife of the Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav. In 2013, they got married. Tanya is a Delhi-based fashion designer, who is highly successful.

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Virat Kohli Reveals His ‘Fitness’ Inspiration, And It’s Not His Wife Anushka Sharma

Ever since his debut in the India cricket, the skipper Virat Kohli has redefined the way the India national cricket team now looks on the cricket field. In earlier years, India cricketers never gave much importance to their fitness. Considering this, they were not in the best of their form while on the field.

However, the current team is one of the best and arguably the fittest of all in the world. Only a few glitches are seen by the Indian cricketers on the field, and it can be considered as the only team whose players are flexible in all the three formats of cricket. Currently, the team is rising to the top with its performance in every sector of the game.

The credit for the important changing factor goes to none other than the fitness freak and present Indian skipper Virat Kohli himself.

Kohli reveals his ‘fitness’ inspiration:

The young aggressive cricketer kicked off his journey on the international cricket with a round chubby face. However, his bat spoke for his fitness then. Gradually, everyone noticed a change in his physical form while his batting techniques sharpened with time. Earlier, everyone thought the change in the fitness of the top-ranked cricketer is because of his then-girlfriend Anushka Sharma with whom he still shares his gym sessions.

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But the former Indian trainer Shankar Basu has revealed that the cricket star was motivated to work on his fitness by another lady. He revealed that it was in 2014 when Virat saw Dipika Pallikal train that he got motivated. Dipika, meanwhile, was dating India cricketer Dinesh Karthik during those days. And then after a few months in 2015, both got married.

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Dinesh Karthik and Dipika Pallikal (Image Credit: Google)

“The first two-three years, we used to train only in the summer during IPL. Actually, he got inspired after seeing Dipika Pallikal (squash player) train. He was astonished to learn about the demands of an individual sport. Then he asked ‘why can’t I do the same’,” Basu told reporters on Saturday.

Basu is the trainer of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He was speaking on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his Primal Patterns which is a holistic fitness studio and knowledge centre. Karthik and Dipika were also present on that occasion. Basu further insisted that Virat hasn’t scaled the peak of fitness yet.

“I think he can do a little more exploring,” said Basu. “As Kohli knows, the sky is the limit in fitness. I always used to tell him that ‘Usain Bolt and Novak Djokovic should be your idols and you have miles to go’. He is constantly looking for that extra edge; something extra to enhance his performance.”

However, the change in the tactics and fitness of the Indian cricketers is clearly visible on the field. Fitness is now a top priority for selection in the national side.

Asiad 2018: India enter women's squash final

Asiad 2018: India enter women’s squash final

Jakarta, Aug 31: India entered the women’s team final in the squash competition at the 18th Asian Games here on Friday.

The Indian team of Joshana Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal, Sunayna Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna defeated Malaysia 2-0 in the semi-finals.

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Harsha Bhogle blasts news website for its sexist headline on squash player Dipika Pallikal. Getty Images

Harsha Bhogle Slams News Website For Sexist Headlines on Dipika Pallikal

TV Broadcaster and cricket expert Harsha Bhogle has slammed a news website named Catch News for their sexist remarks on Squash start Dipika Pallikal.

Meanwhile, Pallikal represented India in the ongoing Asian Games 2018. She won bronze in her event to make her country proud. However, while covering the story, they used Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik‘s reference, who is her husband.

Dinesh Karthik’s wife Dipika Pallikal settles for bronze in women’s singles squash,” the headline read.

Pallikal is a worldwide name in the field of squash, and this type of patriarchal headline received a lot of criticism. Pallikal, known for her staunch feminist stand boycotted national championship due to the disparity in prize money. She didn’t take part in the national tournament from 2012 to 2015.

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Harsha Bhogle slams news website for sexists comment on Dipika Pallikal. Credit: Getty Images

However, she decided to return finally in 2016 when the association finally agreed to equal prize money. She came back with a bang winning the title for the second time.

Dipika Pallikal is also an Arjuna Award winner and a Padma Shree winner.

The official Twitter account of the news website received a lot of criticism. Even cricket expert Harsha Bhogle blasted the website for its headline.

Bhogle urged for an apology to Dipika Pallikal and wanted the wanted the tweet to be taken off.

A tweet I so wish I hadn’t seen. I wonder if the women who work here carry visiting cards saying “wife of……”. Go on ladies (and guys you too), show that you are offended, get the tweet deleted. And then an apology to Dipika, maybe? A bit of grace after this lack of respect?” Bhogle wrote on Twitter.

Soon after his tweet, the website had to delete their tweet. They were under fire since posting the article with that controversy sparkling headline.



Dipika Pallikal Pens Down Emotional Message for Husband Dinesh Karthik on Their 3rd Anniversary

Squash player Dipika Pallikal completed three years of his married life with Team India cricketer Dinesh Karthik today. She penned down an emotional message for her husband with whom she has spent some of the wonderful years.

In the message, she wrote that it was the best decision of her life to marry Karthik despite obligations. She said that she wouldn’t have been playing the Asian Games without the support of Karthik.

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Dinesh Karthik. (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Dipika Pallikal writes an emotional message 

Taking to her Instagram handle she shared a picture of herself with Karthik with an emotional caption. “Happy 3 years to my boy❤️Where are those people who told me marriage might slow down my career? 3 years ago I made the best decision of my life to marry this boy, he’s not only supported me but also pushed me to become a better version of myself every day.

“Today, some 7300 miles apart from each other, I’m sitting at the Asian Games village, playing my 3rd Asian games and thinking to myself that I wouldn’t be here today without this boy by my side. Thank you @dk00019 for making me believe in my dreams and for always being there for me while you try and follow your dreams as well. Here’s to infinity and beyond with you,” it read.

While Pallikal is representing India in squash in the Asian Games, Karthik is currently part of the Indian Test squad. The wicket-keeper batsman couldn’t quite get going in the first two Tests. He was dismissed quite cheaply in the four innings he has played so far. The right-hander was injured ahead of the third Test which paved the way for the debut of youngster Rishabh Pant.

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Dinesh Karthik completed 3 years of marriage with Dipika Pallikal. (Image Courtesy: DNA India)

Karthik is on the edge of his career and it will be a difficult task for him to make it to the playing XI in the next two Tests. The situation has become more so especially after the impressive showing by Rishabh Pant with both the bat and behind the stumps.

Deepika Pallikal –Squash Star Dinesh Karthik’s wife Deepika Pallikal had made her name being as the professional squash player even before marrying wicketkeeper-batsman. Interestingly, long back Deepika scripted history by becoming first Indian to make it to the top 10 Professional Squash Association Rankings (PSA). The renowned squash played had already bagged 11 trophies during her professional career. In 2014 Commonwealth games duo partnered with Joshna Chinnappa to win the gold medal in doubles competition. Deepika had already been felicitated with Arjuna Awar and Padmashri. Under the guidance of Sara Fitz-Gerald, Deepika had improved leaps and bounds to walk out as one of the country’s star squash player.
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Pallikal to represent Asia in CGF Athletes Advisory Commission

New Delhi, July 7:  India’s ace squash player Dipika Pallikal has been appointed as Asia’s representative in the prestigious Athletes Advisory Commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

The appointment was made by the CGF.

The CGF Athletes Advisory Commission was proposed in August 2017 and had reached out to all 71 member Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) to nominate an athlete with the potential to serve the Athletes Commission.

Each continent is represented by one athlete in CGFAAC.

The Indian Olympic Association/CGA India had proposed the name of Commonwealth gold medallist Pallikal to represent Asia in the CGFAAC.

Pallikal’s successful squash career and wins in consecutive Commonwealth Games were credentials to merit an appointment. CGF president Louise Martin CBE, in an e-mail on July 5 to Pallikal and IOA/CGA India, informed about her selection to represent Asia.

Pallikal was delighted and said, “I am humbled and honoured to be on the CGFAAC representing Asia. I would like to thank IOA/CGA India for putting forward my name and trusting in my ability to be on such a huge platform. 

“I look forward to working with the rest of the team closely and being a voice for athletes of the Commonwealth Federations.” 

IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta said, “This is a big appointment for India in the CGF and we wish Dipika all the very best in her new assignment in sports governance.

The CGF Athletes Advisory Commission is the body that represents and speaks on behalf of all Commonwealth athletes.

The CGFAAC currently comprises seven highly-accomplished Commonwealth athletes and medallists with significant previous Games and sports, civic and academic leadership experience.


CWG: Dipika-Joshna wins silver in women’s doubles squash

Gold Coast (Australia), April 15: Defending champions Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa settled for the silver in women’s doubles squash at the 21st Commonwealth Games, after losing to New Zealand’s Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy here on Sunday.

The Indian duo lost 0-2 (9-11, 8-11) to the Kiwis in the pulsating 22-minute summit clash at the Oxenford Studios here.

Joshna and Dipika, who lifted the gold in Glasgow, failed to match the intensity of their opponents in Sunday’s summit clash.

After comfortably pocketing the opening game, the New Zealanders continued to dominate in the second as the Indian pair struggled to get back and eventually finish on the losing side.

In the semi-finals on Saturday, Dipika and Joshna outplayed England’s Laura Massaro and Sarah-Jane Perry in straight games 2-0 (11-10, 11-5).

This was Joshna’s first and Dipika’s second medal at Gold Coast after winning silver in the mixed doubles with Saurav Ghosal.


CWG: Dipika-Joshna storms into squash women’s doubles final

Gold Coast (Australia), April 14: Defending champions Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa outplayed England’s Laura Massaro and Sarah-Jane Perry to storm into the final of women’s doubles squash at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Saturday.

Dipika and Joshna prevailed in straight games 2-0 (11-10, 11-5) to seal their place in the final.

The Indian duo faced a stiff competition in the opening game with saw the tide tiltling either side before Dipika and Joshna edged past in 13 minutes.

There was no match to the Indians in the second game, dominating the one-sided contest and picking it in mere 10 minutes.

The Indian duo will face New Zealand’s Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy in the final on Sunday.

Joelle and Amanda beat Australians Rachael Grinham and Donna Urquhart 2-0 (11-9, 11-5) in the other semi-final.


CWG: India’s squash mixed pairs in quarters

Gold Coast (Australia), April 12: The Indian squash mixed doubles pairs of Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal, and Joshna Chinappa and Harinder Pal Sandhu won their respective round of 16 matches, to advance to the quarter-finals here on Thursday.

Dipika and Saurav came back from an one-game deficit to pocket the next two games, and clinch the contest 2-1 (7-11, 11-6, 11-8) against Malaysian pair of Aifa Azman and Sanjay Singh Chal in 37 minutes.

The Indian duo will next take on Wales combo of Tesni Evans and Peter Creed for a place in the semi-finals, later on Thursday.

In the other round of 16 encounter, Joshna and Harinder beat New Zealand’s Amanda Landers-Murphy and Zac Millar 2-1 (11-7, 10-11, 11-5) at the Oxenford Studios, here.

Later in the day, Joshna and Harinder will take on another Kiwi pair of Joelle King and Paul Coll in the quarters.

CWG: Dipika concedes walkover in squash quarters

Gold Coast (Australia), April 7: India’s Dipika Pallikal gave a walkover to Canada’s Samantha Cornett in the women’s squash classic plate quarter-final at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Saturday.

The reason for Dipika’s walkover isn’t still clear while the Canadian will now face Tamika Saxby in the semi-finals.

India’s other bet in the competition, Joshna Chinappa will take on New Zealand’s Joelle King in another quarter-final later on Saturday.

Dipika had earlier lost in straight games to World No.10 Alison Waters in the women’s singles round of 16 game on Friday.