Gurugram, Aug 17: Former Indian cricketer and Uttar Pradesh Minister Chetan Chauhan, who had been admitted to a hospital after being tested positive for COVID-19, passed away in Gurugram on Sunday. He was 73. He is survived by his wife and their son.
Chauhan was admitted to Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon for COVID-19 treatment, and his condition was stated to be critical on Saturday. He was UP Minister for Sainik Welfare, Home Guards, Civil Security, and Prantiya Rakshak Dal (PRD).
Condoling his demise, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, "Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expresses deep sorrow over the passing away of Uttar Pradesh Minister and former cricketer Chetan Chauhan," said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's Office (CMO).
In his cricket, he made a major contribution in the Indian lineup during the 1970s when he used to open the batting along with Sunil Gavaskar. Making his Test debut against New Zealand in 1969, the right-handed batsman went on to play 40 Tests, managing to score 2,084 runs at an average of 31.57.
Meanwhile, he played 7 ODIs in his career, in which he scored 153 runs with the highest score being 46 against New Zealand in Sydney. Chauhan was the first player in international cricket to finish his career with over 2000 runs but without a century.
Earlier on August 2, Uttar Pradesh Minister Kamal Rani succumbed to coronavirus in Lucknow.
PM Narendra Modi, "Shri Chetan Chauhan Ji distinguished himself as a wonderful cricketer and later as a diligent political leader. He made effective contributions to public service and strengthening the BJP in UP. Anguished by his passing away. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti."
"Minister in UP government and a former cricketer Shri Chetan Chauhan Ji served people as a sportsperson and later as a public servant. His demise is a great loss for Indian cricket and politics. I express condolences to his family," Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted in Hindi.
Uttar Pradesh CM expressed grief over his "sudden " demise.
Union Minister of State General VK Singh (retd) in a tweet said, "Chetan Chauhan, a minister in the Government of Uttar Pradesh and former India batsman, has passed away. He was a good man, who was dedicated to public service. May his soul rest in peace."
Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar, Chauhan’s teammate in many Tests, mourned the loss. “I’ve lost a very dear friend, a very good human being and a great fighter, and always ready to help. He was very jovial, very easy going. We played a lot together right from 1977, my first tour to Australia. A very gutsy batsman, he played well in the series. He batted very well at Perth; playing without a helmet he got 80-odd (88). We shared rooms in many Tests.”
BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly, who was skipper on the 2008 Australia tour, said in a statement. “I’m deeply anguished. I’ve spent so much time with him when he was the Indian team manager. Not only was he a tough opening batsman, but he was also a person with a tremendous sense of humor and had a tremendous attachment to Indian cricket.”