COVID-19: Chetan Chauhan, former cricketer and UP minister, on ventilator

Paola Ditto
Agosto 16, 2020

Former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan, passed away at a hospital in Gurugram. He was 73 years old.

Considered one of the courageous batsmen of Indian cricket, Chauhan featured in 40 Test matches and seven ODIs. While in Tests he scored 2084 runs at an average of 31, in the ODIs he could only manage to score 157 runs.

He made his worldwide debut in a Test match as a 22-year old against New Zeland on September 25 in 1969 and played his last Test match against the same opponent in April 1981.

Chauhan was known for his opening partnership with Sunil Gavaskar. Chauhan and Gavaskar scored over 3,000 runs together with 10 century stands in Tests. Chauhan also played Ranji Trophy for Maharashtra and Delhi and was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 1981. He had 11,173 first-class runs to his name at an average of 40.22.

He has served the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) in various capacities - president, vice-president, secretary and chief selector - apart from being manager of the Indian Team during their tour of Australia.

Chauhan was a cabinet minister in the Yogi Adityanath government.

Condoling the demise of Chauhan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he distinguished himself as a wonderful cricketer and diligent political leader.

Chauhan, a former Lok Sabha member, was one of the former worldwide cricketers to have contracted the deadly virus.

But the most memorable image of Chauhan the global cricketer might still be from the time he was forced to walk off the MCG along with Gavaskar, his captain then, when the latter was left feeling hard-done-by by the umpire's decision to give him lbw off Dennis Lillee.

On August 2, Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Kamla Rani Varun died due to coronavirus infection.

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