Chetan Chauhan dead, a look at his journey from Indian cricketer to UP cabinet minister

New Delhi: Former Indian cricketer and Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Chetan Chauhan who had tested COVID-19 positive on July 11, succumbed to the fatal virus on Sunday (August 16, 2020).

Chauhan, who was 73-year old was recently shifted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Chauhan was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1981 and his 12-year long cricketing career was decorated with 40 Tests and seven One Day Internationals (ODIs).

He made his international 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. 

In Tests, Chauhan scored 2084 runs at an average of 31.57. The opener has 16 half-centuries to his name with a high score of 97 against Australia in Adelaide in 1981.

Notably, only Australia’s Shane Warne (3,154) has more Test runs than him without a century. 

Chauhan was known for his opening partnership with Sunil Gavaskar. Their most famous opening stand was of 213 runs at The Oval in 1979, when Little Master ‘s double century guided India to a famous victory.

The pair scored 3,127 runs at an average of 54.85 in Tests that included 11-century stands.

Chauhan made his ODI debut against arch-rivals Pakistan in October 1978. He could only manage to appear in 6 more matches and played his last limited over match in February 1981 against New Zealand.

He made 153 runs at an average of 21.85 in the ODIs.

Chauhan also played for Maharashtra and Delhi in Ranji Trophy. In first-class cricket, he has 11,143 runs in 179 matches at an average of 40.22, with 21 centuries.

He had also served as the manager of Indian Men’s Team and was part of the famous Test victory against Australia in Kolkata in 2001.

Chauhan headed numerous positions at the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) including the president, vice-president, secretary and chief selector. 

He then decided to move to politics and was elected twice to the Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha constituency in 1991 and 1998.

Before being diagnosed with COVID-19, he was serving as a cabinet minister in the CM-Yogi-led government in Uttar Pradesh.

The minister had also tweeted on July 23 that UP Civil Defence is doing a good job across the state in the fight against COVID-19.

Earlier on August 7, he had also promoted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Vocal4Handmade on the National Handloom Day through his Twitter account.

Chauhan’s death due to COVID-19 is the second death in the UP cabinet in the last 15 days. 

On August 2, Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Kamla Rani Varun died due to coronavirus infection. The 62-year-old Kamla Rani was a legislator from the Ghatampur Assembly segment. 

Meanwhile, several Indian politicians including PM Modi have paid their condolences.


May your soul rest in peace Chetan Chauhan Sir.

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