Former India opener Chetan Chauhan an Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister, passed away due to COVID-19 related complications after being put on life support for nearly 36 hours, his brother Pushpendra Chauhan said. In heydays as a cricketer, Chauhan was the opening partner of the little master Sunil Gavaskar.
Chauhan, who played 40 Tests for India, was 73 and is survived by his wife and son Vinayak, who is scheduled to arrive from Melbourne later in the day.
Chauhan was admitted to Sanjay Gandhi PGI in Lucknow on July 12 after being found COVID-19 positive. Due to kidney related ailments, his health deteriorated and he was shifted to Medanta hospital in Gurugram.
On Friday night, he had a multi-organ failure and was put on ventilator support.
Reacting to the news, Sourav Ganguly, BCCI president told ANI :”I’m deeply anguished to learn of the passing away of #ChetanChauhan. I’ve spent so much time with him when he was Indian Cricket Team’s manager.Not only was he a tough opening batsman but was a person with tremendous sense of humour & attachment to Indian cricket.
Sharad Pawar, former BCCI president too tweeted his condolences
Saddened to hear about the demise of the veteren cricketer and UP Cabinet Minister Chetan Chauhan. He was a fine opener, and along with Sunil Gavaskar had some memorable opening partnerships for India.
Condolences to his family and friends. May he RIP.
— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) August 16, 2020
Anurag Thakur, Mos Finance and former BCCI president tweeted his anguish
Saddened by the passing away of Sh Chetan Chauhan Ji. He played cricket with flare and contributed towards preparing Delhi for hosting world cup T20. In his 2nd innings he made valuable contributions in public service. Sincere condolences to his family.
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 16, 2020