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Former India Opener Chetan Chauhan Passes Away

Former India opener-turned-politician Chetan Chauhan has passed away on Sunday due to renal failure, aged 73. The former cricketer was a minister in Yogi Adityanath’s cabinet in Uttar Pradesh. He was suffering from kidney ailment and had tested positive for coronavirus in July. His health worsened after he contracted the virus.

He recently suffered from kidney failure and was put on the ventilator at the Medanta hospital in Gurugram. He was originally admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi PGI hospital in Lucknow when he tested positive for the virus last month but was later shifted to the Medanta.

Even before he could recover from coronavirus, he developed kidney and blood pressure problems on Friday. As a result, doctors took the call to put him on life support. However, Chetan Chauhan breathed his last on Sunday evening.

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Chetan Chauhan (Credits: Twitter)

“My elder brother Shri Chetan Chauhan has left us today after fighting a good battle. I sincerely thank everyone who had prayed for his recovery. His son Vinayak will be reaching anytime and we will then perform last rites,” Pushpendra Chauhan, brother of the former India opener, told PTI.

After making his debut for Team India in 1969, Chetan Chauhan went on to play in 40 Tests and 7 ODIS. In Tests, he scored 2,084 runs at an average of 31 while in the ODIs he could only manage to score 157 runs. He was Sunil Gavaskar’s longest serving opening partner. He and Gavaskar formed one of India’s most successful opening partnerships in Tests as the due scored over 3,000 runs together.

After his playing career was over, Chetan Chauhan entered administration and then politics. He 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.

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‘Critical’ Chetan Chauhan Put On Life Support

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.

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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.

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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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Chetan Chauhan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Former Indian Cricketer Chetan Chauhan Tests Positive For COVID 19

Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Chetan Chauhan tested positive of COVID-19 on Saturday evening. The news broke out after the former cricketers Aakash Chopra and RP Singh took to Twitter to wish the speedy recovery of Chauhan.

Chetan Chauhan is reportedly admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi PGI hospital in Lucknow after going for the test on Friday. His family members have been quarantined and they will also go under the COVID-19 test.

Akash Chopra and RP Singh post for Chetan Chauhan’s recovery:

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Chetan Chauhan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“Just heard about @ChetanChauhanCr ji Chetan has tested positive for #coronavirus . Preying for his speedy recovery,” RP Singh wrote in his official Twitter account. 

“Chetan Chauhan ji is also tested positive for #COVIDー19. Sending best wishes in his direction too…get well soon, sir. Tough night this one…Big B and Chetan Ji,”  Akash Chopra wrote.

He is among the other big names of former cricketers list who have tested positive of the infectious virus. Shahid Afridi, former Pakistan allrounder, had also tested positive of coronavirus. Meanwhile, seven players Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz tested positive as they were set to tour for England.

Chetan represented India in 40 Tests:

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Chetan Chauhan. Image Credit: AFP

Chetan Chauhan has represented India from 1969 to 1981. He has played in 40 Test matches and scored 2084 runs at an average of 31. 57. He has also featured in seven ODIs and amassed 153 runs. He is chiefly remembered for his opening partnerships with Sunil Gavaskar. Notably, they are among the top 10 opening pair in Tests, scoring 3010 runs in 59 innings.

He was also a heavy run-scorer in domestic cricket while playing for Maharashtra and Delhi. Former cricketer is also an Arjuna Awardee.

After retiring from the game, he became a politician and was also the Loksabha member. Currently, he is a cabinet minister of UP.

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Playing in Pakistan is Not Safe for India: Chetan Chauhan

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan have witnessed political tensions which have eventually soured the relationship of both countries. Moreover, the strained relationship between the two neighbours had also affected the gentleman’s game cricket. For a long time, the two teams haven’t played the bilateral series against each other. While former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan still believes that it is not safe for the Indian national cricket team to travel Pakistan while citing security reasons.

Chauhan’s statement came days after, Yuvraj Singh said that India and Pakistan should play the bilateral series to bring back the crowd in the stadium. But Chauhan strictly disagrees with Yuvraj.

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“Right now, bilateral series between India and Pakistan should not take place as relations between both the countries are not nice. Playing in Pakistan is not safe. Terrorists are not concerned with cricket. As long as terrorists are there in Pakistan, cricket cannot be played between India and Pakistan,”

India and Pakistan last played the bilateral series in 2012-13:

India and Pakistan have last played the bilateral series in 2012-13 when Pakistan toured India to play three ODIs and two T20Is. Whereas, India last toured Pakistan in 2006.

Since then, the tension between the two countries has increased from time to time. Although, they haven’t played bilateral series the two teams have competed in the ICC tournaments.

Lastly, in the ICC World Cup 2019, India and Pakistan fought in the league stages where the Men in Blue registered the victory.

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Shoaib Malik and Shikhar Dhawan. AP Photo

There is always a different environment in the stadium when both the teams compete against each other. But the fans must be missing all the entertainment.

Meanwhile, they will face each other in Australia during the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 which will be played in October, later this year.
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Gautam Gambhir Hits Back Bishan Singh Bedi And Chetan Chauhan On Navdeep Saini’s International Debut

The 26-year-old Navdeep Saini has managed to earn an incredible debut in the international career on Saturday (3rd August) during the Florida T20I against Windies. On this occasion, the former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir slammed the former Indian cricketers Bishan Singh Bedi and Chetan Chauhan, who earlier opposed Saini to serve for Delhi cricket team.

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On Saturday, India faced Windies at Florida in the first of the three-match T20I series. Saini made his international debut in this game. The right-arm pacer bowled impressively in the entire match as he had the bowling figures of 4-1-17-3. In his first international over, Saini bagged two wickets after conceding a sixer. His first over scenario was 0-6-0-W-W-0.

Gautam Gambhir, Bishan Singh Bedi, Chetan Chauhan, Navdeep Saini
Navdeep Saini (Image Credit: Twitter)

In the final over of that innings, Saini delivered a maiden over along with picking up one wicket. His bowling massively helped India to restrict Windies on 95/9 (20 overs). Apart from Kieron Pollard (49 runs) and Nicholas Pooran (20 runs), all other Windies batsmen failed to reach the double-digit score.

The 4-1-17-3 bowling figures were the joint fourth-best bowling figures by an Indian bowler in T20I debut.

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Meanwhile, after Saini made his T20I debut, Gautam Gambhir hit back Bishan Singh Bedi and Chetan Chauhan.

Young Navdeep Saini impressed Gautam Gambhir

In 2013, the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) members Bishan Singh Bedi and Chetan Chauhan opposed to allowing Saini in the Delhi Ranji Trophy team. They considered the young pacer as an outsider from Haryana.

Gautam Gambhir, Bishan Singh Bedi, Chetan Chauhan, Navdeep Saini
Bishan Singh Bedi (Image Credit: Twitter)
Gautam Gambhir, Bishan Singh Bedi, Chetan Chauhan, Navdeep Saini
Chetan Chauhan (Image Credit: AFP)

However, then Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir hugely backed Navdeep Saini. After facing Saini in the net for just 15 minutes, Gambhir supported him hugely for the Delhi side. Finally, Saini managed to serve for Delhi.

In last year, when Saini earned his maiden international call-up during the only home Test against Afghanistan, Gambhir criticised Bedi and Chauhan for their earlier actions. However, Saini didn’t make his international debut on that occasion.

Once again, Gambhir hit back both of those former Indian cricketers on Saini’s international debut.

This time Gambhir tweeted, “Kudos Navdeep Saini on ur India debut. U already have 2 wkts even before u have bowled— @BishanBedi & @ChetanChauhanCr. Their middle stumps are gone seeing debut of a player whose cricketing obituary they wrote even before he stepped on the field, shame!!! @BCCI.”

Saini has already played 43 first-class matches, 41 List A games and 34 T20s. The right-arm pacer has taken 120 first-class wickets, 65 List A wickets and 30 T20 wickets.

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Ravi Shastri succeeded Anil Kumble in 2017. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Ravi Shastri Should be Removed as the Head Coach – Chetan Chauhan

Former India opener Chetan Chauhan has advocated for the removal of head coach Ravi Shastri after a dismal tour of England recently.

Meanwhile, the top-ranked Test team had their best chance to win a series in England. However, Virat Kohli & Co lacked consistency as they lost the series by 4-1 margin.

However, the role of Ravi Shastri has now come under the scanner, and he has been at the receiving end of many criticisms. Latest to join the bandwagon is current Uttar Pradesh sports minister Chetan Chauhan.

Ravi Shastri should be removed as head coach before the Australia tour,” said Chauhan. “Ravi Shastri is very good cricket commentator and he should be allowed to do so,” he added.

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However, what has irked many former cricketers, more than the defeats, is Shastri’s comment during the series. Ravi Shastri admitted that this is the best travelling in the last 15 years.  Sunil Gavaskar had refuted Ravi Shastri’s claims and Chetan Chauhan, Gavaskar’s opening partner also echoed similar sentiments.

I do not agree. In 1980s, the Indian team was the best travelling team in the world,” he added.

Commenting on India’s chances in the ongoing Asia Cup, Chauhan feels the men in blues have a good chance. He also asserted that this side has a perfect blend of experienced and young cricketers.

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Chetan Chauhan played 40 Test matches and scored 2,084 runs between 1969 and 1981.

He made his debut in 1969 against New Zealand in Mumbai and played his last Test against the same country in 1981 in Auckland. Besides, Chauhan also played seven one day internationals.

Chauhan is the latest cricketer to demand Shastris ouster after former captain Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag.

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Gambhir slams Bedi, Chauhan as Saini gets India call-up

New Delhi, June 13: A day after Navdeep Saini was included in the Indian Test squad, Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday slammed former cricketers and Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) members Bishan Singh Bedi and Chetan Chauhan, who had earlier objected to the pacers selection in the Delhi Ranji team.

Saini was called up as a replacement for fast bowler Mohammad Shami, who failed the fitness test in Bengaluru ahead of the one-off historic Test against Afghanistan, starting June 14.

“My ‘condolences’ to few DDCA members, @BishanBedi @ChetanChauhanCr on the selection of ‘outsider’ Navdeep Saini to India squad. Am told black armbands are available in Bangalore too for INR 225 per roll!!!,” Gambhir wrote on Twitter.

“Sir, just remember Navdeep is an Indian first then comes his domicile @BCCI,” the southpaw added.

Significantly, Bedi and Chauhan had earlier opposed Gambhir’s decision for the inclusion of Saini in the state Ranji team as the medium pacer hailed from Haryana and had not represented Delhi in age group cricket and was thus seen as an outsider.

Saini made headlines in domestic cricket after a great season with the Delhi Ranji team, which finished runners-up to Vidarbha in the 2017-18 season.

The 25-year-old became the highest wicket-taker for Delhi in the previous season after scalping 34 wickets from eight matches. So far, Saini has taken 96 wickets from 31 first-class games.

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Navdeep Saini. (AP Photo)

Gautam Gambhir Takes a Dig at Former Indian Cricketer Bishen Bedi And Chetan Chauhan

It was just a day after young paceman Navdeep Saini, who got a national call-up that his Delhi teammate Gautam Gambhir took a dig at former Indian cricketers Bishen Singh Bedi and Chetan Chauhan.

Interestingly, they are members of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). On Tuesday (June 12) Gambhir wrote a tweet which sarcastically thrashed Bedi and Chauhan, for their disagreement over Saini’s inclusion in Delhi team, as he originally hails from Haryana.

“My ‘condolences’ too few DDCA members, @BishanBedi @ChetanChauhanCr on the selection of ‘outsider’ Navdeep Saini to India squad. Am told black armbands are available in Bangalore too for INR 225 per roll!!! Sir, just remember Navdeep is an Indian first then comes his domicile @BCCI,” Gambhir wrote on his social media handle.

Saina was called up as a replacement for fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who has failed in the fitness Test ahead of the One-off Test against Afghanistan starting from 14th June.

The right-arm medium fast bowler came into the reckoning with his impressive Ranji Trophy campaign while bagging a total of 34 wickets in just eight matches.

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Navdeep Saini

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Saini credited Gautam Gambhir for his Ranji selection:

Saini had earlier given credit to Gambhir for his call in the Ranji team.

“Gautam bhaiya told me “Jaise tennis ball se dalta hai, waise hi dal. Koi tension nahi. Baaki sab theek ho jayega (Just bowl like you bowl with a tennis ball. Everything will fall in place). I did what he told me and today I am here because of him. I don’t know whenever I speak about Gautam Gambhir, I get emotional,” Saini had told PTI.


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“I remember every tiny little thing. I know what Gautam bhaiya had to go through to convince selectors that I was good enough to play for Delhi. Not to forget Ashish Nehra, Mithun Manhas, Sumit Narwal, who all stood by me. In fact, after first few matches, he (Gambhir) said that if I keep working hard at every practice session, I will play for India. He saw in me before I realised myself. Today when I look back about those days, I smile,” Saini had added.

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After Navjot Singh Sidhu, Chetan Chauhan Becomes Minster In State Governemt

The former Indian opener Chetan Chauhan, who played 40 Test matches, today took the oath as a Cabinet Minister in Uttar Pradesh’s government headed by Yogi Adityanath. Chauhan, two-time parliamentarian, won from Naugawan Sadat seat.

This is the second biggest appointment of a cricketer as a minister in the state recently as Navjot Singh Sidhu, the former aggressive batsman was sworn in as a minister in Punjab Government headed by Captain Amarinder Singh.

Now, there are three former Indian cricketers who are a minister in state government with Laxmi Ratan Shukla being the third one. Shukla, the former Indian all-rounder is a minister in the state in Bengal government under Mamta Banerjee.

Chauhan is always remembered for opening the innings for India alongside Sunil Gavaskar. Another thing for which he is remembered is scoring his first Test run after spending 25 minutes at the crease. In total, Chauhan has 11-century stands with Gavaskar. Chauhan was the one who was at the other end when Sunil Gavaskar asked him to walk out of the playing area after Melbourne incident in the year 1981.

Here are few cricketers who have joined politics after their career-

1. Sachin Tendulkar is the only player who joined politics while he was still an active cricketer.
2. Chetan Chauhan (Minister in U.P. Government, former M.P.)
3. Kirti Azad (M.P.)
4. Navjot Singh Sidhu (Minister in Punjab Government, Former M.P.)
5. Mohammad Kaif ( lost election)
6. Mohammad Azharuddin (former M.P.)

Administrators who have joined politics-

1. This list includes the most popular name in India, he is currently our P.M. Mr Narendra Modi, he was the president of Gujarat Cricket association for many years.
2. Farooq Abdullah(former C.M. and M.P.)
3. Jyotiraditya Scindia (M.P.)
4. G Ganga Raju (M.P.)
5. Arun Jaitely (M.P.)
6. Rajiv Shukla (M.P.)
7. Sharad Pawar (former C.M. and now M.P.)
8. Anurag Thakur (M.P.)


Day To Celebrate Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Successful Captaincy: Sachin Tendulkar

Just the way he would surprise commentators and cricket pundits with his uncanny yet successful captaincy moves, Mahendra Singh Dhoni stunned the cricketing world on Wednesday by stepping down as India’s limited-overs captain. The announcement came minutes after the BCCI declared the date (January 6) of their selection committee meeting to name the squad for the ODI series against England, starting January 15.

Under Dhoni, India won the first edition of the 2007 World T20, ICC World Cup 2011 and the 2013 Champions Trophy. In total, he led India in 199 ODIs and 72 T20Is. Dhoni quit the Test captaincy in December 2014 when he retired from the format after the Boxing Day Test against Australia.

‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar congratulated Mahendra Singh Dhoni for leading the Indian cricket team to great heights.

Here is what former India players spoke about Dhoni’s sudden decision:

Kiran More: 

“Dhoni knew it was the right time to hand over the limited overs captaincy to Virat. He did it at the right time in Test cricket too.

“Giving up captaincy is not easy. He has set a great example in Indian cricket, it shows he will do what is best for Indian cricket. When you go, go out on top.”

Dilip Vengsarkar: 

“As a selector you see the potential. At that time (in 2007) who would have thought he would become one of India’s greatest captains. He was an outstanding leader of men, a great player and a great ambassador of Indian cricket. He came on his own terms and is leaving on his own terms.”

Chetan Chauhan: 

“He perhaps realises that he can’t stretch himself as captain till 2019 World Cup. So he made way for Virat Kohli. This is a great sacrifice.”

Gundappa Viswanath: 

“Dhoni must have noticed that Virat is doing really well, and there is nothing wrong in playing under him. He has done well recently as a batsman (in the last ODI series versus New Zealand) and will still be an asset to the team.”