Former Indian cricketer turned Politician Chetan Chauhan aged 73, passed away today after suffering heart attack. He was put on ventilator after having a multi-organ failure on Saturday.
Chauhan, who was also a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government, tested positive for COVID-19 in early July. He was yet to recover from the infection when he developed kidney and blood pressure problems. The doctors had since put him on life support.
The Cricketer turned Politician was initially admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi PGI Hospital in Lucknow, before being shifted to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram after a deterioration in health condition
Chauhan whose international career stretched from 1969 to 1978, featured in 40 Test matches and seven ODIs. He will, however, be remembered as Sunil Gavaskar’s partner in numerous Tests in the 1970s and early 1980s. Chauhan and Gavaskar scored over 3,000 runs together with 10-century stands in Tests.
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In his long and illustrious career, Chauhan scored 2,084 Test runs at an average of 31.57 with 97 being his highest score.
In his seven ODIs, he scored 153.
After quitting the game, Chauhan served the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) in various capacities — president, vice-president, secretary and chief selector — apart from being manager of the Indian Team during its tour of Australia in 2001. He was a Lok Sabha MP twice.
Chauhan held some of the important portfolios in the UP government like Sainik Welfare, Home Guards, PRD and Civil Security. He has also served as the sports minister of the state in 2019.
Chetan Chauhan is the second UP Minister who died due to COVID-19. On August 2, the 62-year-old minister Kamal Rani Varun died of COVID-19. She held the Technical Education portfolio in the Yogi Adityanath Cabinet.