Former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan, who tested positive on COVID-19 in July, has escalated into a critical condition. On Friday, Chetan Chauhan was put on life support or ventilator support. The former cricketer is also minister in the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh.
Chetan Chauhan got admitted to Sanjay Gandhi PGI Hospital in Lucknow in July. Due to his inability to recover from Coronavirus, Chauhan developed kidney and blood pressure troubles, owing to which he got shifted to the ventilator on Friday.
The 73-year old made his international debut in 1969 against New Zealand in Mumbai, playing 40 Tests and seven ODIs. He holds the portfolios of Sainik Welfare, Home Guards, PRD and Civil Security in the Yogi Adityanath cabinet. Chauhan has remained a part of BJP and was a member of Lok Sabha MP twice.
Chetan Chauhan, the first player to score over 2000 runs without a century:
In a career spanning over 40 Tests, the right-handed batsman mustered 2084 runs averaging 31.57. Alongside that, he accounted for 16 hundreds, but could not reach three figures. In seven ODIs, the Uttar Pradesh-born amassed 153 runs at a meagre average of 21.85. Along with Sunil Gavaskar, Chetan Chauhan formulated a successful opening stand, accumulating ten century partnerships in red-ball cricket.
One of the most unforgettable partnerships between the pair came in 1979 at the Oval when they garnered for 213 runs, breaking the record-stand of 203 between Vijay Merchant and Mushtaq Ali. His first-class appearances were for 179 fixtures, accumulating 11143 runs at 40.22, amassing 21 centuries.