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Elli Avram drops cricketer Hardik Pandya at airport, fuels talk of affair

The Mickey Virus actress (2013) had earlier attended the wedding of Pandya's brother and fellow cricketer Krunal.

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Mayur Lookhar

All-rounder Hardik Pandya is known to bowl at least a few maiden overs on the cricket field. Now, it seems, he has also bowled one maiden over off the field.

The Indian cricketer is rumoured to be dating actress Elli Avram. The Sweden-born actress and model was snapped when she came to Mumbai airport to drop the cricketer.

Stung by the media presence, Avram quickly covered her face. However, our photographer confirmed that the lady who had accompanied Pandya was indeed Avram.

Rumours of the affair of the actress and the cricketer have been doing the rounds since Avram turned up at the wedding celebration of Hardik's brother Krunal, also a cricketer, in January.

Just last month, the actress had rubbished rumours that she was dating Hardik Pandya. “Let [people] be curious about my life. Why do I need to clarify anything? By talking about these rumours, I would just be giving more fodder for gossip," she had said.

"Once you become a known face, people follow you for gossip and news. But we are not going to lock ourselves up," Avram told the Hindustan Times newspaper. "You can’t do much to stop these rumours. People have such strong mentality that no matter what I say [about Hardik], they will be like, ‘Oh, she is lying. We know the truth. She is hiding something'."

Avram, 27, had first stepped into the entertainment scene with the Salman Khan-hosted show Bigg Boss. She made her Hindi film debut with Mickey Virus (2013). Since then, however, she has struggled to make a mark.

Pandya, 24, has been a part of the Indian cricket team for the past couple of years.