Former India opener Chetan Chauhan, who was on life support due to multiple organ failure, passed away on Sunday (August 16). He was 73. Chauhan had tested positive for Covid-19 in July, and his health worsened yesterday after he developed a kidney failure. He was put on a ventilator at a local hospital in Gurugram, where he breathed his last.
Chauhan, who had played 40 Tests for India, had beeen legendary Sunil Gavaskar’s longest serving opening partner. The right-hander was an ideal foil at the top of the order to Sunil Gavaskar and the pair added more than 3000 Test runs, thereby becoming one of the longest serving opening partnerships for India.
Soon after retiring from cricket, he worked as manager of the Indian team as well as an administrator with the DDCA, where he served as president, vice-president, secretary and chief selector. As manager of the Indian team, the highlight for Chauhan came in 2001 when he oversaw a historic series win over Australia.
He was twice elected to the lower house of the Indian parliament (Lok Sabha) and had been serving as a cabinet minister in the Uttar Pradesh government.