Cardiff: Lady Luck and sports are virtually synonymous. From an Indian point of view, when a man achieves excellence in the presence of his spouse, it's given that his lady love has bestowed upon him some extra dollops of good fortune. There have been exceptions, of course.
Umesh Yadav, who picked up five top Australian wickets during Tuesday's warm-up match at the Swalec Stadium here, is the only 'privileged' man in the Indian squad who has been allowed to bring his wife during the ICC Champions Trophy. According to the Indian team management, the Board of Control for Cricket in India made an exception for Yadav, who married his fashion designer girl-friend Tanya Wadhwa in Nagpur on May 29. It is not clear if Mrs Yadav is on BCCI's expenses.
WAGs have always been part of sports entourage. In the recently-concluded Indian Premier League, several international cricketers had their wives or companions for company. South African skipper and Royal Challengers Bangalore master blaster AB De Villiers even took his newly-wed wife to Agra to "seal" his love for her. Of course, Sakshi Dhoni was a permanent 'member' at almost all Chennai Super Kings matches till the spot-fixing scandal broke out and Vindoo Dara Singh, often photographed with the First Lady of Indian cricket, was arrested for alleged links with bookies.