Six cricketers who married journalists

The professional relationship between a sportsperson and a journalist is often one of mistrust. The latter has a tool which, when not used constructively, can cause damage to the sportsperson. This leads to an uneasy relationship. Yet, there have been sportspersons of who have transcended the mental barriers to settle in matrimony with members of the Fourth Estate. But one must say that most of the players settled for glamorous women from television.


H Natarajan lists six sportspersons who married journalists:


1:  Javagal Srinath
The genial giant’s first marriage ended in divorce. But Srinath subsequently married Madhavi Patravali, a journalist, in 2007. Madhavi is a copy editor in one of the leading national English daily in India. The wedding took place on December 13, 2007 at Mysore —a very quiet affair restricted to close family and friends.
2:  Stuart Binny



The India all-rounder married Mayanti Langer, one of the best-known television sports anchors in the country, in 2012. She began as anchor in football shows on television and hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup broadcast on ESPN. She also hosted the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and the 2011 ICC World Cup. Stuart could not get a game during the 2015 World Cup, but Mayanti wowed the audience as a roving reporter for Star Sports during the tournament.





3:  Martin Guptill



New Zealand’s hero at the 2015 World Cup fell for Laura McGoldrick, a journalist with Sky Sports New Zealand.  Guptill first met Laura when she had gone to interview him. Is it easy to dissect your husband’s work when he is not doing well? “I just don’t. I tell the producer I can’t do that,” Laura told in an interview to Times of India. Martin married Laura on September 13, 2014 at Auckland. The couple danced the night away at the multimillion-dollar mansion of Graeme Hart, New Zealand’s richest man and who is in the top 200 richest men in the world in 2014 according to Forbes. Guptill’s New Zealand mate Ross Taylor was the best man, and Gretchen Hawkesby, Hart’s daughter, was the bridesmaid.





4:  MorneMorkel


Morne Morkel

The tall South Africa paceman married Roz Kelly, a television reporter at Australia’s Channel Nine, in December 2014.  The couple got married at Zorgvliet wine estate, near Stellenbosch, and the celebrations saw the presence of many of Morkel’s South African team-mates.



5:  Imran Khan

Imran Khan

The flamboyant former Pakistan, now a prominent politician, married BBC television presenter Reham Khan at his Islamabad residence in January this year.  Imran 62, who heads Tehreek-i-Insaf,  married Reham, who is 20 years younger than him. Reham, who now works with Pakistan’s Dawn News, has three children from her first marriage.

Imran was earlier married to Jemima Goldsmith, the heiress of British Billionaire and has two sons from that marriage. The nine-year-old marriage ended on June 22, 2004. Incidentally, Jemima is also a journalist. She is the associate editor of New Statesman and European Editor-at-large for Vanity Fair.




6:  Shaun Marsh

Shaun Marsh
The handsome Australian batsman married Rebecca O’Donovan at Perth last Thursday before flying out to India to represent Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. Rebecca is a journalist with Australian television Channel 7 and a former Miss Universe.


(H Natarajan is a journalistic schizophrenic who oscillates between two polar opposite forms of writing —analytical and insightful on the one hand, and rib-tickling humour on the other)