Former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan dies at 73, was Covid +ve

Chetan Chauhan, who played 40 Tests for India, was Sunil Gavaskar's longest serving opening partner

Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan was also a minister in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet | Photo: PTI

Former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan passed away on Sunday (August 16) at the age of 73, at a hospital in Gurugram. He had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and died due to related complications after being put on life support for nearly 36 hours, said his brother, Pushpendra Chauhan.

“My elder brother Shri Chetan Chauhan has left us today after fighting a good battle. I sincerely thank everyone who had prayed for his recovery. His son Vinayak will be reaching anytime and we will then perform last rites,” Pushpendra said.

Chauhan was also a minister in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet.

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Chauhan, who played 40 Tests for India, is survived by his wife and son Vinayak, who is scheduled to arrive from Melbourne later in the day. Chauhan, who was Sunil Gavaskar’s longest serving opening partner, 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 the former Team India cricketer was shifted to Medanta hospital in Gurugram. On Friday night, he had a multi-organ failure and was put on ventilator support.

Chauhan has also served the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association in various capacities — president, vice-president, secretary and chief selector — apart from being manager of the Indian Team during their tour of Australia.

(With inputs from agencies)

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