Former India Opener Batsman Chetan Chauhan died on Sunday due to coronavirus related problems. After retiring from cricket Chauhan had made his political career & has won two Lok Sabha Elections in 1991 & 1998 from UP’s Amroha Assemble seat.
Tributes poured in from the entire cricket fraternity which included former, current cricketers & Politicians. India Captain Virat Kohli also took to twitter to pay his condolences to the former cricketer who was the longest serving opening partner of batsman Sunil Gavaskar. “Shocked to hear about the passing of Shri. Chetan Chauhan ji. May his soul rest in peace and my thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Kohli tweeted.
Chauhan has tested positive for coronavirus on July 12 & was admitted to Sanjay Gandhi PGI in Lucknow. However his health gets further deteriorated due to his pre-existing kidney related ailments & he was shifted to Gurugram’s Medanta hospital.
Indian Batting Star Sachin Tendulkar has expressed his sorrow over Chetan Chauhan’s death with a social media post. Recalling his interactions with Chauhan Tendulkar said that he always used to share plenty of stories from his playing days & always encouraged him with his wonderful words.
“Saddened to hear about the demise of Chetan Bhai. 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,” Tendulkar wrote on the micro-blogging site.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to twitter to give his condolences to Chauhan who was a Minister in UP Chief Minister’s Yogi Adityanath’s cabinet. Several other Cricketers also joined in paying tribute to the stupendous cricketer for his service to the Indian cricket & the society in general.
During his 12 year International Career he played 40 Tests & scored 2,804 runs with the help of fifties apart from scalping tow more wickets. Chetan & Gavaskar formed a solid pair in Test Cricket & has registered more than 3000 runs including 12 century stands. However he couldn’t score a century with 97 being his top score in Test cricket.
One of the best moments of his career was a 213 run stand with legend Gavaskar against England at The Oval in 1979 during which he scored 80 runs. Chauhan was the Test Cricketer to finish his career with over 2000 runs without scoring a century.