Twitter Reacts After Former Indian Opener Chetan Chauhan Passes Away Due To Covid-19

Twitter Reacts After Former Indian Opener Chetan Chauhan Passes Away Due To Covid-19

Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan [Photo-Twitter]

Chetan Chauhan, former Indian opener and one of the grittiest batsman in the history of the game, left for heavenly abode on Sunday [August 6] due to Covid-19 inflicted complications. Chauhan, a long time opening partner for the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in early July. He was 73.

Chauhan, who was serving as a cabinet minister in the Uttar Pradesh government, was admitted to the hospital immediately after he returned positive for Covid-19. Reports had suggested that the former opener seemed to have recovered but his health took a turn for the worse on Friday night, post which he was put on a ventilator

Born in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, Chetan Chauhan kickstarted his First-Class Career in the 1967-68 season for Maharashtra after having moved to Pune for studies.

The gritty Indian opener continued to score heavily for both Maharashtra and West Zone before finally shifting to Delhi in 1975-76. Chauhan made his Test debut against New Zealand in 1969 but he was dropped after just two Tests. Later in the season, he was selected for the Australian series but another underwhelming run meant he was dropped from the side for another 3 years.

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Chetan Chauhan was an epitome of what you call a gutsy, gritty cricketer

Chetan Chauhan, India-Pakistan, Bilateral Series
Chetan Chauhan. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

But his stellar run in domestic cricket he was once again drafted in the team for the 1972-73, but once again he couldn’t emulate his feats in international cricket.

Chauhan continued to pile up runs in domestic cricket. In 1976-77, he stroked a 158 while batting with a broken jaw against Haryana and then followed it up with a double-hundred against Punjab and 147 against Karnataka. He scored another hundred in Duleep Trophy to earn another recall for the tour of Australia and thus started the glorious phase of his career where he went on to form a formidable opening partnership with Sunil Gavaskar.

Chauhan and Gavaskar’s most famous partnership came during the fourth innings of the 1976 Oval Test where he scored 80 even as Gavaskar stroked a double-hundred as India reached 8-429 in their pursuit of 438.

In a stellar First-Class career that went on till 1984-85, Chetan Chauhan scored 11,483 runs at an average of 40.22, with 59 half-centuries and 21 centuries. But, unfortunately, none of those centuries came in Test cricket. He got to 80-plus seven times and on a couple of instances reached 93 and 97 but could never convert them into a three-figure score.

Overall, Chetan Chauhan represented India in 40 Tests and 7 ODIs, scoring 2084 and 153 runs respectively. Post his cricketing career, Chauhan also served as the president of the Delhi & District Cricket Association.

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Here’s how Twitter reacts to the untimely demise of Chetan Chauhan-

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