There’s something about sportsmen and their better halves...or in some cases, better halves and their sportsmen beaus.
Players make for interesting news, but when you add their partners into the equation, the style scales tip in favour of the fairer sex. Be warned, though, the women we’ve featured are well-established and accomplished in their own right. Someone once said, “Behind every successful man, there’s a woman.” We present women who’re matching strides with their men stylishly and successfully.
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Are they together or aren’t they together? Virat Kohli has shied away from confirming that Izabelle Leite is his girlfriend, but his unwillingness to confirm this bit of news has pretty much confirmed what he hasn’t said thus far. Rumoured to have met at an ad shoot in Singapore, they’ve been inseparable ever since. Izabelle has shifted base to Mumbai and is known to make quite a few trips to Delhi, Virat’s hometown. This girl, though, is more than just a WAG – she’s a well-known model, and will be making her Bollywood debut in the near future.
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Shaun Tait can credit his newfound peace and calm to Mashoom Singha—Indian model and businesswoman. The two met at an IPL event in 2009 and they’ve been together ever since. Tait divides his time between Adelaide, his hometown, and Mumbai, Mashoom’s base. Known for his explosive on-field behaviour, Tait claims that he is calmer and more at peace now, thanks to India, and of course, his Indian connection. The cricketer has taken to the country, the food, and is known to visit a plethora of temples with his ladylove and her mother. For now, Tait and Mashoom are managing their long-distance relationship rather well, and we wish this power couple all the very best.
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You can be forgiven if you assume that Shamone Jardim does little more than look sinfully gorgeous. But the girl with the sun-kissed skin, long blonde hair and a killer bod to boot, has bagged more than just Jacques Kallis’ heart. She is a super-successful model and has a thriving career that’s independent of her beau. They’ve been together for over five years now, and sources say that this couple is looking to have at least one of their wedding functions in India.
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Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has his hands full (literally) with Jessica Bratich-Johnson. Besides being a karate pro, Jessica is armed with a Bachelors in Communications. This WAG followed that with a stint in the retail industry, eventually becoming a successful designer. Jessica launched her first collection of leather accessories in late 2011, and her career has been on an upswing ever since. She followed that with well-received collections, and made her mark on the international stage in New York. Jessica and Mitchell welcomed their baby girl in December 2012.
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Lee Furlong and Shane Watson’s careers draw a slight parallel, as Lee used to be a presenter for Fox Sports. Lee was voted as the Number One WAG, ahead of WAG queen Victoria Beckham, in a number of polls. However, what we really like about her is that she was a successful presenter and she was chosen as Cricket Australia’s female ambassador in a bid to promote the sport to women. Lee and Shane welcomed their first child, a son, earlier this month.
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Jeanne Kietzmann is a South African model and actress who making waves on screen and off it. Also known as Dale Steyn’s partner, Jeanne has no qualms claiming that Dale is a better person after meeting her. This brunette stunner is an adventure enthusiast who enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and road running among other hobbies. She may have her plate full with her modelling assignments and acting gigs, but she makes time enough to support her name while he’s on tour.
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Known for her heavily kohl-lined eyes and terrific sense of style, Sakshi and MS Dhoni’s families go back a long time. Even though Sakshi was all of 21 when she married Dhoni, she was a Hotel Management graduate who had just completed her internship with Taj Bengal. Some sources say that she worked for an NGO after her internship, but there have been no confirmations. Since her marriage to Dhoni, Sakshi has played the role of supportive wife to perfection, accompanying India’s cricket captain on almost all his tours. In spite of her initial disinterest in cricket, Sakshi has taken to the game and is often seen cheering her man from the stands.
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The latest entrant on this list, Ayesha Mukherjee is a WAG with a difference. She’s a sports junkie, an amateur boxer, a mother to two daughters, and she’s half-English and half-Bengali. As if this wasn’t heady enough, Ayesha was introduced to Shikhar Dhawan through Harbhajan Singh over a social networking site. Even though they were engaged as far back as 2009, they finally took the plunge in 2012. It seems to us like Ayesha worked like a charm, especially since Shikhar has been burning up the cricket field ever since his nuptials.
Dr. Anjali Tendulkar
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This is one lady who can put all the other WAGS in the shade. Anjali Tendulkar’s name is as important as her uber-famous better half, Sachin Tendulkar. A doctor by profession, she concentrated on her home and hearth after her marriage. Demure, elegant, classy, and ever-so-gentle, she’s happy sheering her husband from the stands. She usually plays down her look and stays loyal to Indian attire, and oh boy, what a stylish stunner she still is!
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Aussie captain Michael Clarke has a way with beautiful, successful women. He went on to marry Kyly Clarke – a presenter and model who turned to the catwalk sometime last month. Multi-talented Kyly is also the Brand Ambassador of Sheer Cover Make up. This lady has won quite a few modelling contests and her sense of style is impeccable. Whether she’s in a gown or a bikini, she exudes class and elegance.
Style is reflected in the clothes you wear, the way you carry and conduct yourselves, and of course, in independence of attitude. This list is a personification of all the facets of style – beauty with brains, a cliché, we know, but clichés are clichés for a reason!
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