Mumbai: Shoaib Akhtar never ceased to grab the headlines due to his sensational bowling and his statements off the field.
The 'Rawalpindi Express' made many girls go weak on their knees during his playing career. But it was Indian actress Sonali Bendre who took away the heart of Shoaib Akhtar.
Shoaib was madly-in-love with Sonali Bendre ever since he had seen her in the film - English Babu Desi Mem. As per a report in Economic Times, the cricketer had revealed in a chat show that he used to carry Sonali's photo in his wallet.
Akhtar also had many of her posters in his room. Moreover, Akhtar also made a revelation that if Sonali refuses his proposal, he would have to kidnap her then.
When Sonali Bendre was asked about Akhtar's infatuation with her, the actress replied, "I don't know any Pakistani cricketer named Shoaib Akhtar as I'm not a cricket fan at all."
Sonali Bendre is currently in India after completing chemotherapies for her high-grade metastatic cancer in New York.
"There is pain and you go through it and it is hard. The toughest part was the post the surgery. I have a scar which is 20 inches in the midriff. My sister hugged me when I was going, I said don't be dramatic, I'm coming back. I think it was love that took me through it. We have to love ourselves to get through this. It was love that saw me through. For me spirituality is to love," said Bendre at the India Today Conclave 2019.