Aug 17, 2020

Chetan Chauhan passes away due to Covid-19

Former Test batsman Chetan Chauhan, who shone as a gritty player against fiery pace overseas as Sunil Gavaskar’s enduring opening partner in the 1970s, died on Sunday following complications due to Covid-19, his family sources said. He was 73.

The two-time former BJP Lok Sabha MP from Amroha was Home Guard minister in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet. He tested positive for Covid-19 last month and was shifted to a Gurugram hospital after his condition worsened. He is survived by wife Sangeeta and son Vinayak.

“My elder brother Shri Chetan Chauhan has left us today after fighting a good battle. I sincerely thank everyone who had prayed for his recovery. His son Vinayak will be reaching anytime and we will then perform last rites,” brother Pushpendra told PTI.

In an India career from 1969 to 1981, Chauhan played 40 Tests and seven ODIs. He scored 2,084 Test runs with 16 half-centuries, but never scored a century, with a best of 97. The prolific domestic batsman in a two-decade first-class career played Ranji Trophy for Maharashtra and then Delhi.

Born in UP’s Bareilly, Chauhan grew up in Pune, where his father was posted in the army. He amassed 11,143 first-class runs (21 centuries, 59 fifties).

In a moving tribute, Gavaskar recalled they used to greet each other in recent years: “aaja, aaja, gale mil, after all we are in the mandatory overs of life”.