Who is Ritika Sajdeh?
Ritika Sajdeh is an Indian sports manager and the wife of Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma. She has been managing sporting engagements for Cornerstone Sport & Entertainment, the management company owned by her first cousin Bunty Sachdeva, since its inception. She was the first person to join the company when it was first established. She has been working there ever since and has become an integral part of the company. Her cousin, who knew Rohit for ten years prior to their marriage, was instrumental in their first meeting. Now that she is married, Bunty has left it to her to decide how she will balance work and home. She now manages her husband as well and accompanies him in his sports tours around the world. Another Indian international cricket player, Yuvraj Singh, is her rakhi-brother.
Rise to Stardom
While Ritika Sajdeh had dealings with a number of celebrities from the sports field due to her job profile, she gained celebrity status after she began dating the 'Hitman' of Indian cricket, Rohit Sharma. She was introduced to him by her rakhi-brother Yuvraj Singh during a Reebok shoot in 2008, which she was managing. In an interview on YouTube's web series 'Breakfast with Champions' on December 22, 2017, Rohit revealed to host Gaurav Kapoor how that meeting was a disaster. After reaching the venue, he went on to greet senior player Yuvraj, who was already there with teammate Irfan Pathan and was accompanied by Ritika. As soon as they shook hands, Yuvi introduced him to her and jokingly said not to even look at her as she is his sister. Rohit was worried and angry throughout the shoot, but managed to complete it. However, after the shoot, he was told by the director that he needs to re-record his lines as the mic was off. Frustrated, when he came down for a walk, he was joined by Ritika who nicely told him to let her know if he needs any assistance. They became friends afterwards, and she started managing him as well. From manager and friend, she soon became his best friend, and the two began dating shortly after.
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Relationship with Rohit
Six year into the relationship, on April 28, 2015, Rohit Sharma reportedly drove Ritika Sajdeh to Borivali sports club ground, where he first started playing competitively at the age of 11, and proposed to her with a solitaire ring. They got engaged on June 3, 2015 and subsequently got married on December 13, 2015 at Mumbai’s Taj Lands Hotel in Bandra (West). The ceremony was attended by a host of famous people from sports, Bollywood, business and politics. The Ambanis also organized a Wedding Celebration party for Rohit Sharma and his teammate Harbhajan Singh, who had also wedded recently, at their residence Antilla in Mumbai. On December 14, 2015, her brother Kunal threw a post-wedding Music and Dance party at the St. Regis Astor Ballroom-Level 9, Near Palladium Mall in Lower Parel, Mumbai.
While leading the Indian team in the absence of captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma scored the third double century of his career, a score of 208 not out, against Sri Lanka in 2nd ODI at Mohali on December 13, 2017. It was the perfect second anniversary gift for her who was cheering for him from the VIP box and could be seen wiping her tears of joy afterwards. After winning the Man-of-the-match award for scoring 115 runs off 126 balls in the fifth ODI against South Africa on February 13, 2018, Rohit Sharma dedicated the award to his wife as a Valentine's Day gift.
Family & Personal Life
Ritika Sajdeh was born on December 21, 1987 to Bobby and Tina Sajdeh. She has a brother named Kunal Sajdeh who is a Business Development Consultant and currently serves as the manager of IMG Reliance Pvt. Ltd. She currently lives in Ahuja Towers, Worli, Mumbai with her husband, whom she calls by the nickname 'Ro'. Her hobbies include travelling and water sports. She is very fond of dogs and often posts pictures with her pets.
Ritika and Rohit were blessed with a baby girl on 30 December 2018.