Former India cricketer Chetan Chauhan dies after contracting coronavirus, suffering cardiac arrest
Former India cricketer Chetan Chauhan breathed his last on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest in the hospital he was admitted in. He was 73. Chauhan was admitted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram and was put on ventilator support after he developed kidney and blood pressure issues on Friday.
Chauhan, who was also a cabinet minister in Uttar Pradesh state government, had also tested positive for coronavirus in July due to which his condition worsened. He was initially admitted in the Sanjay Gandhi PGI hospital in Lucknow after which he was shifted to the Medanta hospital after he developed several other complications.
Chauhan suffered a cardiac arrest at 4.30 PM after which the doctors tried their best to revive him but he didn't survive.
Known to be a gritty player, Chauhan played 40 Tests between 1969 and 1978 and scored 2084 runs at an average of 31.57 with 97 being his highest score. He also played in seven ODIs, scoring 153 runs from them.
He and Sunil Gavaskar formed a successful opening partnership, scoring over 3000 runs together with 10-century stands in numerous Tests in the 1970s.
Chetan Chauhan played Ranji Trophy for Maharashtra and Delhi and was honored with the Arjuna Award in 1981.
Chetan Chauhan also served the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) in various capacities — president, vice-president, secretary and chief selector — apart from being the manager of the Indian Team during a tour of Australia.
After ending his international cricket career, Chetan Chauhan moved on to politics and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. He has been a two-time Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha from the Amroha constituency in 1991 and 1998.