Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, otherwise known as controversy's favourite child, has recently been back in the news, for what can be considered as a strange mix of the good and the bad.
Post getting banned from Indian cricket nearly five years ago, due to spot-fixing allegations leveled against him in IPL 2013, Sreesanth has since tried to salvage what little remained of his fame to carve out an alternate career for himself.
From dancing his way to limelight in 'Jhalak Dikhla Jaa', to trying his luck in movies, he has done it all. More recently he has been in the news for acting like a spoilt brat (or spoilsport) on reality TV show 'Bigg Boss' season 12. His behaviour on the show has been a talking point for fellow inmates and viewers alike, most of whom seem to be miffed with the former cricket.
However, none of the aforementioned reasons bring us to this story. Why we're here is to talk about Sreesanth's quest for true love, wherein he went on to date 6 different actresses before finally finding love with real-life Jaipur princess Bhuvaneshwari Kumari - that something which hasn't been talked about enough.1. Shriya Saran
It was back in 2008 when rumours began doing the rounds that Shriya and Sreesanth were a thing, after their appearance at a fashion show in Mumbai. Post the show both of them were spotted having dinner in each other's company, and apparently also left in the same car after dinner, which sent more sparks flying everywhere.
However, Shriya had released a statement denying the affair in which she said, "I am acting in a movie directed by Deepa Mehta. I am preparing myself for it. There is no place for romance in my life now. I am committed to acting. I have not met Sreesanth before and never spoken to him."2. Riya Sen
Sreesanth's relationship with Riya Sen attracted quite a few eyeballs and gave the paparazzi enough meat to keep pursuing the story further. After her break-up with cricketer Yuvraj Singh, Riya had come across Sreesanth at a page three party, and the two instantly hit it off.
She was soon seen on the VIP stands supporting Sreesanth during his matches. Their affair went on for about a year, and during that time tabloids even reported that marriage might be on the cards for the duo. However, that never came to pass.
She later posted a tweet slamming reports about their relationship. "Guys please! I am not dating shreesanth! I just attended 3 matches for kochi and that's that! It was work! So ... Rest ur imaginations ... (sic)," Riya had tweeted in April 2011.3. Shazahn Padamsee
Same year in 2011, Sreesanth was seen going for a drive after a match with the then new girl on the block, Shazahn. When things began to blow up both of them came forward to clear the air around their relationship. While Shazahn called Sreesanth “sweet” and admitted to going on a drive with him, she also added that, “We are just good friends. I am single.”
Sreesanth was soon to follow suit, and denied the link-up with a tweet that read, “Please stop linking me. I am single and working hard on getting better on my game and I am loving my life.”4. Minissha Lamba
Rumours were also rife that Minissha and Sreesanth were spotted cuddling at a film awards function at Macau. HT had also reported some eyewitnesses claiming that the duo were seen sitting at a casino late at night, and were apparently also spotted kissing. This rumour blew strong for a year.5. Raai Laxmi
The South Indian actress, Raai Laxmi, who made her Bollywood debut with 'Julie 2' in 2017, was also reportedly in a relationship with the former cricketer. However, when questioned Sreesanth denied the link-up and said that, “I happened to visit Lakshmi Rai on the sets of her Kannada film, and before you knew it, the tabloids called us an item. I have grown up in a progressive city like Bangalore, and I've always found it easier to get along with girls. But, I am single, very ready to mingle.”6. Surveen Chawla
The duo met on reality show 'Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena' and rumours were soon to follow. Their budding friendship on the show made tabloids speculate that love was on the cards for the pair. They were frequently spotted in restaurants and dance clubs in Bangalore. However, as per reports, things came to an end in 2009.
Finally after so many hits and trials, Sreesanth seemed to have found love with his now wife, Bhuvaneshwari Kumari who happens to be a princess of Jaipur's Shekhawat royal family. They got married in September 2013 in Kerala. The couple have two kids together and are leading a happy married life together.
Sreesanth has seen many ups and downs in his professional and personal life, but seems to be pulling through it all.