India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was engaged to Rajkot-based mechanical engineer Riva Solanki on Thursday.
The engagement ceremony was held in the presence of selected invitees at Jadeja's restaurant and the cricketer expressed hope that ‘lady luck’ would help him do better in both cricket and personal life.
“In the game of cricket luck plays an important role and when I got engaged to Riva, I hope that lady luck will help me to do better in both cricketing life and personal life," Jadeja told mediapersons after the ring ceremony at his restaurant, 'Jaddu's Food Field', located on Kalavad road, Rajkot.
Describing the start of the year as good and positive for him, Jadeja said, "In first two months of the year I think I have done well in cricket and after this engagement. I hope that next ten months would bring more success in my cricketing life."
Asked about his marriage plans, the 27-year-old cricketer said, "My cricketing schedule is very tight, but I will try to spare some time for marriage."
Insisting his focus now is on performing well in cricket, particularly the T20 World Cup, he added, “It's every cricketer's dream to play World Cup and I too hope to deliver my best performance in the coming T20 World Cup.”
Riva, his fiancée, said cricket does not interest her much, but now she will watch the game.
She completed her engineering degree from Atmiya College and is preparing for her UPSC examination in Delhi. She is the only child of Prafullaba Solanki, an Indian Railways employee, and Hardevsinh, a businessman.
Saurashtra Cricket Association honorary secretary Niranjan Shah and Rajkot city police commissioner Mohan Jha were among the select invitees for the occasion.
The Saurashtra cricket team was also invited, but the players could not attend the ceremony as they are playing the Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Vidarbha at Vizianagaram.