Utter Pradesh cabinet minister Chetan Chauhan, one of Indian cricket’s most well-known opener’s, died on Sunday from COVID-19 related complications after being put on life support for nearly 36 hours.
From his 1st test match in 1969 to UP sports minister in 2017, Chetan Chauhan had come a long way. He was aged 73.
Former Indian player Chandu Borde and ex-Maharashtra pacer Pandurang Salgaonkar paid rich tribute to Chetan Chauhan, remembering him as an “energetic and helpful” teammate when he represented Maharashtra in his playing days.
“He was put on life support at 4 am on Saturday. His health had taken a turn for the worse over the past two days after he seemed to be improving. We were hopeful of him being able to overcome COVID,” said Chauhan’s brother Pushpendra.
Chetan Chauhan has been the second UP Minister to die from COVID related complications after Kamla Rani Varun earlier this month.
Chauhan played 40 Tests and seven ODIs from 1961 to 1982. He scored 2,084 Test runs with 16 half-centuries but never scored a century with the best on 97.
He was currently serving as the Minister of Sainik Welfare, Home Guards, and Civil Security in the Utter Pradesh Cabinet. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolence on the death of a “wonderful cricketer” and a “diligent political leader”.
One of the most memorable moments of his career as an opening was the run 213 runs stand with Sunil Gavaskar against England at the Oval in 1979, during which he scored 80 runs.