Former India cricketer and a Cabinet Minister in the Uttar Pradesh government Chetan Chauhan passed away on Sunday of Covid-19 related complications.
Chetan Chauhan, who played 40 Tests for India, was 73 and is survived by his wife and son Vinayak. He was currently serving as the Minister of Sainik Welfare, Home Guards, and Civil Security in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet.
“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,” his younger brother Pushpendra Chauhan told News Media.
Chetan Chauhan, who was the legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar’s longest serving opening partner, was admitted to Sanjay Gandhi PGI hospital in Lucknow on July 12 after being testing positive for the coronavirus.
His health worsened because of kidney-related ailments and he was shifted to Medanta hospital in Gurgaon.
On Friday night, he had a multi-organ failure and was put on ventilator support.
Chauhan is known for his opening partnerships with the legendary Sunil Gavaskar. He has 2084 runs to his credit in Test cricket but never managed to score a century. He scored 16 half-centuries and had a highest Test score of 97 runs. The pair is one of the most successful Indian opening pairs in history.