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Former India batsman Chetan Chauhan dies at 73
Chetan Chauhan (1947-2020)

Former India batsman Chetan Chauhan dies at 73

Former India Test opener Chetan Chauhan, who contracted coronavirus last month, passed away at the age of 73 after suffering multiple organ failure.

Chauhan was put on ventilator support at a hospital in Gurgaon on Saturday but his condition continued to deteriorate due to various health complications.

Chauhan was a veteran of 40 Tests for India and is highly regarded for his prolific opening partnership alongside the legendary Sunil Gavaskar.

Having made his international debut at the age of 22 against New Zealand, Chauhan scored 2,084 runs with the bulk of his runs coming in the company of illustrious teammate Gavaskar.

The two were involved in 10 century partnerships and most famously shared a memorable 213-run stand at the Oval against England 1979 – a match that ended in India's historic win.

While Chauhan was never able to reach triple figures in the international arena, he found a lot of success in first-class cricket.

In 179 first-class matches, the dogged batsman amassed 11,143 runs with 21 hundreds to his name as he earned a reputation for his solid defence and tenacious character.

Following his retirement from competitive cricket, Chauhan took up administrative roles in the sport including a stint as team manager of the national side.

He later switched to politics and was a minister in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh as a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

His demise marks the death of one of the highest-profile figures owing to Covid-19 in India, which is the world's third-most infected nation with more than 2.5 million cases.

"He had tested negative but then the reports came positive again," his brother Pushpendra Chauhan told AFP.