New Delhi: Former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan died on Sunday. 73-years-old former opening batsman was admitted to Sanjay Gandhi PGI in Lucknow on July 12 after being found Covid-19 positive. His health deteriorated due to kidney related diseases, causing him to shift to Mendata Hospital in Gurugram. Many of his vital organs stopped functioning on Friday night and were put on ventilator support. He did long journey from become a cricketer to cricket administrator and then entered in politics.
Chetan Chauhan made his Test debut in 1969. He played the first match against New Zealand at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. He took 25 minutes to make the first run in the debut test, but surprised everyone when he opened the account. In fact, he made his debut in the off side with a square cut for four and then hit a superb hook for six on the next ball. Both these shots were hit on ball of Bruce Taylor.
The opening pair of Chauhan and Sunil Gavaskar were quite successful in the Test. The two batsmen struck a century partnership 11 times in the 1970s and together they scored 3127 runs. The best partnership between them was 213 runs against England in 1979. When Chauhan retired in 1981, he and Gavaskar were the third best opening partner in the Test. Chauhan received the Arjuna award in 1981.
Chetan is one of the cricketers who were top order batsmen, but could never score a century in Tests. He is the highest run-scorer as a top-order batsman without a century. He scored 2084 runs, but never crossed the third figure. In this case, only Shane Warne, who used to enter the middle order or lower order, is ahead of him. Originally spinner Warne scored 3154 runs in 145 Tests. His best score was 99 runs.
Chetan joined politics in 1985 and joined BJP after his retirement from cricket in 1981. He has since been active in politics and cricket. He was also twice elected to the Lok Sabha from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh, in 1991 and 1998. Chauhan was elected as an MLA in 2017 from Nauganwa assembly seat in Amroha district. He was playing an active role in politics after retiring from cricket. In Chauhan Yogi government, he was the minister of military welfare, home guard, PRD, civil security department.
He was associated with the Cricket Administration of Delhi (DDCA) for a long time. He served Delhi cricket well before entering UP politics. Chetan was appointed as Chairman of NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) from June 2016 to June 2017.
Chauhan and Sunil Gavaskar were long-term opening partners. The much talked about walkout incident also took place. When Gavaskar decided to walk out against the umpire's decision in the 1981 India-Australia match, it was Chetan Chauhan at the other end. He even went to the boundary line at the behest of his partner, but returned to the crease at the behest of the manager.
Chetan was the team manager of Team India which visited Australia in 2008. The Monkey Gate episode between Bhajji and Andrew Symonds was very popular on that tour, which led to much controversy. This case is still counted among cricket's most disputed cases.
Chetan Chauhan scored 2084 runs in 40 Tests for India. During this time he averaged 31.57, while the best score was 97. During this, his name recorded 16 half-centuries. Speaking of ODIs, he scored 153 runs in 7 matches. His best score was 46 runs.