'Critical' Chetan Chauhan Put On Life Support
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‘Critical’ Chetan Chauhan Put On Life Support

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Former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan, who was tested positive for COVID-19 in early July, was put on ventilator support on Friday night. He is also a minister in the Yogi Adityanath’s government in Uttar Pradesh.

Chauhan, 73, was admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi PGI Hospital in Lucknow in July. He was unable to recover from COVID-19 after which he had developed kidney and blood pressure problems. Due to the problems, he was shifted to the ventilator on Friday.

Chetan Chauhan test coronavirus positive
Chetan Chauhan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Chauhan, who donned the Indian jersey in 40 Tests and seven ODIs, holds the portfolios of Sainik Welfare, Home Guards, PRD and Civil Security in the Yogi Adityanath cabinet. Till last year, Chauhan served as the sports minister of the state. He has been a member of the BJP and was a Lok Sabha MP twice.

Chetan Chauhan-The First Player In Tests To Score Over 2,000 Runs Without A Ton

Chetan Chauhan had made his Test debut against New Zealand in 1969. In a career spanning 40 Tests, the right-handed batsman scored 2084 runs at an average of 31.57. He scored 16 half-centuries with the red ball but failed to amass a Test ton. He also represented India in seven ODIs, scoring 153 runs from them.

Sunil Gavaskar (left) and Chetan Chauhan (right)
Sunil Gavaskar (left) and Chetan Chauhan (right)

Chetan Chauhan, along with Sunil Gavaskar, formed a successful opening partnership and scored 3022 runs together with 10-century stands in the traditional format. One of the iconic partnership between the duo came in 1979 at the Oval when they gathered 213 on the board.

Despite scoring over 2000 runs in Tests, Chauhan was considered unlucky to not get a ton to his name. He was the first player in Test history to score more than 2000 runs without a hundred.

The other player is Australia’s, Shane Warne. Four others Trevor Goddard, Alistair Campbell, Chaminda Vaas and Anil Kumble scored a century after reaching more than 2000 runs.

Chetan Chauhan-Last Test Appearance And Receiver Of Arjuna Award In 1981

He also scored a lot of runs while representing Delhi from 1967 to 1975 and Maharashtra from 1975 to 1985 in domestic cricket. In 179 First-class matches, he gathered 11143 runs at an impressive average of 40.22, which included 21 centuries and 59 half-centuries.

Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The veteran’s last international appearance was in 1981 against New Zealand. He was dropped after the tour and never selected for another Test. In 1981, he was also awarded the Arjuna Award and eventually, he paved his way to politics. After retiring, he became a selector from North Zone and was elected to Parliament on a BJP ticket. He was elected twice to the Lok Sabha from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh– in 1991 and 1998.

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