New Delhi: Former India batsman Chetan Chauhan has died at the age of 73. According to news reports, Chauhan, who had tested positive for COVID-19 in early July, was put on ventilator support on Friday (August 14).
Chauhan played for India in 40 Tests and seven ODIs between 1969 and 1981, scoring 2,237 runs. He formed a formidable top-order partnership with Sunil Gavaskar, with the duo combining for 3,127 runs at an average of 54.85 in Tests, including 11 century stands. The highlight was their opening stand of 213 at The Oval in 1979, when Gavaskar's double century set up a famous win for India.
After his playing career, Chauhan turned to coaching, and was manager when India won a famous Test victory against Australia in Kolkata in 2001. He was active in politics and was serving as a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government when he contracted the virus.
It is unbelievable that #ChetanChauhan ji is not among us now. He was a very good person besides being a cricketer and politician: Anurag Thakur, Union Minister and former BCCI President pic.twitter.com/OClB9Krl04— ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2020
#ChetanChauhan Ji sharing century stands with Sunny Bhai was how 70s cricket was introduced to us. An opening batsman, administrator, team manager, minister and a forever friendly face to talk to. You will be sorely missed sir. Thoughts with his family in this difficult period. pic.twitter.com/oBPDGiTCFa— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 16, 2020
Sad to hear about the demise of Chetan Chauhan sir, was a fine opening batsmen and forged some great partnerships with Sunny bhai. #COVID19India #ChetanChauhan My deepest condolences to his family and friends.🙏 RIP— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) August 16, 2020
Sad to learn about the demise of #ChetanChauhan . My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti !— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 16, 2020
Very sad to hear the news of passing away of Chetan. He was a gritty opener and I’m sure he would have fought this battle too till the very end. Condolences to the family. RIP 🙏 #ChetanChauhan— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) August 16, 2020
Saddened to hear about the demise of Chetan Bhai.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 16, 2020
He always had encouraging things to say to me & shared plenty of stories from his cricketing days with the Indian team.
May his soul Rest in Peace. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/AlkVHj47XK
My deep condolences to Chetan Chauhan's family and well wishers on his passing. Om Shanti !— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 16, 2020