➢ Nikita Vanjara is the wife of Indian batsman cricketer Murali Vijay. Interestingly, she was earlier married to another Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Dinesh Karthik. Both the cricketers were really good friends for long time as they both used to play for Tamil Nadu and then for India.
➢ Nikita was born in Manor town of Palghar District, Maharashtra. For her education, she is a graduate in Commerce.
➢ In 2007, Nikita married Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik. Nikita’s father Deepak and Karthik’s father Krishna Kumar were good friends. Both Nikita and Karthik were hence childhood friends and grew fond of each other.
➢ Both the families decided to turn their friendship into a relationship. And in the year 2007, Dinesh Karthik married his friend at a very young age of 21. Their marriage lasted for 5 long years. In the year 2012, Nikita and Dinesh got divorced.
➢ Some rumors were there that the incident that led to the break up of Karthik’s first marriage occurred during a Vijay Hazare trophy match in 2012. While others believe that it was in the same year during Indian Premier League (IPL) – Season 5 when Dinesh Karthik came to know about his wife’s affair with Murali Vijay.
➢ Following the rumors, Dinesh Karthik divorced Nikita while she was pregnant in 2012. With the divorce, Dinesh’s friendship with Murali Vijay also came to an end.
Second Marriage :
➢ Soon after the end of her first marriage, Nikita got married to Murali Vijay by the end of 2012. Their wedding was a private affair in Chennai.
➢ Later she gave birth to a baby boy in 2013, who was later named Naveen Murali Vijay. Nikita was rarely seen at Murali’s matches following the awkward situation with Dinesh.
➢ She gave birth to a third boy in October 2017.
Life Moves on.. :
➢ A year after the divorce, Dinesh Karthik met squash player, Dipika Pallikal, at a gym in Chennai. Eventually, they both fell in love.
➢ Dipika is a Malayali Christian with Syrian origin, so there were two separate ceremonies for their engagement and marriage each. They got engaged in November 2013, and had a different Christian and a Hindu ceremony, both at the ITC Grand Chola in Chennai. Both events were a closed and private affair attended by family and close friends.
➢ Dipika is an Indian squash player and was on the rise after her engagement. She won a bronze medal in the singles event at the Asian Games at Incheon in 2014 and a gold medal in the doubles with partner Joshna Chinappa at The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
➢ On August 18, 2015, the couple got married at a church in Chennai. On August 19, 2015, Dipika had a very private mehndi ceremony and the next day, the couple got married again in a traditional Hindu way.
➢ Both Dinesh Karthik and Nikita have moved on in their lives and are happily living with their respective partners.