Saturday, May 25th, 2024

Cricketers whose wives also played international cricket, one pair has won the World Cup


New Delhi. It is said that marriages are made in heaven but their fulfillment has to be done on earth. There are many male players who have chosen the player as their ‘life partner’. Prominent among them are hockey player Gurjant Singh and women’s tennis player Karman Kaur Thandi, former hockey players Gurmail Singh and Rajbir Kaur, Ishaat Sharma and basketball player Pratima Singh, Dinesh Karthik, squash players Deepika Pallikal and Robin Uthappa and tennis player Sheetal Gautam.

Apart from this, there are some cricket players who have made female players associated with the same game as their life partners. Many cricketer husband-wife pairs have also achieved considerable success in international cricket, the most prominent name in which is Australia’s Mitchell Starc and Alyssa Healy, who are not only important members of Australia’s men’s and women’s team but also help the team in ODI and ODI cricket. Has contributed significantly in winning the T20 World Cup. Starc is a fast bowler while Alyssa is a wicketkeeper batsman.

Let’s take a look at such cricketers whose wives are also international cricketers.

Roger Prideaux and Ruth Prideaux

Roger Prideaux was counted among the best batsmen of England, unfortunately he could play only three tests. Roger, who played an inning of 64 runs against Australia in his debut test, scored 102 runs in three tests with the help of a half-century. Roger was married to Ruth Westbrook, who was about one and a half years older than him, whose international career lasted longer than her husband. Ruth (now deceased), who played as England’s wicketkeeper-batsman from 1957 to 1963, scored 476 runs in 11 women’s cricket tests at an average of 31.73, which included three half-centuries. As a wicketkeeper, 13 catches and 9 stumpings are also recorded in Ruth’s name.

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Richard Hadley and Karen Hadley
The name of New Zealand’s Sir Richard Hadlee does not need any identification. In the 1970s and 80s, Richard Hadlee, Ian Botham, Imran Khan and Kapil Dev ruled the hearts of cricket fans with their performances in world cricket. Be it batting or bowling, this ‘quartet’ was unmatched and had the ability to single-handedly change the course of a match. Richard played 86 Test and 115 ODI matches for the Kiwi team from 1973 to 1990. In Test cricket, he has 3124 runs and 431 wickets in his name with the help of two centuries. Apart from scoring 1751 runs in ODIs, Hadlee also took 158 wickets. Richard was the first bowler to take 400 wickets in Test cricket. The record of most wickets in Tests (431 wickets) was once in the name of Hadlee, which was later broken by India’s Kapil Dev. Hadlee’s (former) wife Karen Hadlee (Richard Hadlee and Karen Hadlee) also played a One Day International for New Zealand in 1978. However, in this match she (Maiden Marsh) could score only 14 runs and after that could not play any international match. Karen was a right-handed batsman and medium pace bowler. Richard and Karen are now divorced.

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Guy D’Elvis and Rasanjali Chandima Silva
Guy de Alwis of Sri Lanka is married to female cricketer Rasanjali Chandima Silva. Sri Lanka got Test status in men’s cricket in the year 1981 and in its initial phase, as a wicketkeeper batsman, Elvis played 11 Tests and 31 ODIs from 1983 to 1988. Apart from scoring 128 runs in Test cricket, he also has 21 catches and two stumpings in his name. In One Day International, Elvis scored 401 runs with the help of two half-centuries and took 30 ‘hunts’ (27 catches and three stumpings). Chandima, on the other hand, played one Test and 22 ODIs for Sri Lanka between 1997 and 2000. Chandika, a left-handed batsman and right-handed bowler, took 8 wickets (best 4/27) apart from scoring 26 runs in the only test. Apart from 256 runs in ODIs, 23 wickets (best 4/16) are recorded in his name.

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Mitchell Starc and Alyssa Healy

The newest and famous husband-wife pair active in international cricket is Mitchell Starc and Alyssa Healy, who are members of the Australian team. While Mitchell is currently counted among the best left-arm fast bowlers in the world, Alyssa is also a key member of the Australian women’s team as a wicketkeeper batsman. Alyssa, who tied the knot with Mitchell in 2016, is the niece of Australia’s legendary wicketkeeper Ian Healy. After Meg Lanning’s retirement, she has been made the captain of the Australian women’s team in all three formats. The Storc couple – Mitchell and Alyssa, have played a special role in making Australia the ODI and T20 World Cup champions. 34-year-old Mitchell, who created history by getting a price of Rs 24.75 crore from KKR team in IPL 2024, has taken 358 wickets in 89 Tests, 236 wickets in 121 ODIs and 74 wickets in 60 T20s. He has scored 2093 runs in Test cricket, 571 runs in ODI and 94 runs in T20. On the other hand, Alyssa has scored 455 runs in 9 Tests at an average of 30.33, 3011 runs (five centuries) in 110 ODIs at an average of 34.60 and 2905 runs (one century) in 156 T20Is at an average of 25.26. 22 catches and two stumpings in Test cricket, 76 catches and 34 stumpings in ODI and 63 catches and 61 stumpings in T20 International are in the name of 34 year old Alyssa.

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Gaikwad couple can also make a place in this list

The pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and his wife Utkarsha Pawar Gaikwad, who have played six ODIs and 19 T20s for Team India so far, can also make a place in this list in the future. Let us tell you, Rituraj’s wife Utkarsha is a 25-year-old cricketer and bowls medium pace with her right hand. She plays for Maharashtra in domestic cricket. It is possible that like her husband, Utkarsha may also represent the Indian (women’s) team in the future.

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