One of India’s greatest opening batsman in Test cricket and former Delhi District Cricket Association president Chetan Chauhan passed away on Sunday at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram after fighting a month-long battle due to Covid related complications.
The opening batsman of 70s era, famous for not having single international hundred in his 12-year long career, played in 40 Tests and seven ODI matches and despite coming close to three figures on many occasions (he got to 80-plus seven times, on two of those occasions getting to 93 and 97), he held the strange record – most Test runs (2084) without scoring a century — for many years before being toppled by Aussie spinner Shane Warne (3154).
He was also remembered for his top of the order partnership with Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar, with whom he shared 12 hundred plus stands at an average of 53.25 and compiled 3010 runs in 59 times they batted together.
And the most famous of it was when the duo added a best of 213, which came in the second innings against England at The Oval in August 1979.
In that game courtesy to their stand, where he made 80 and Gavaskar scored 221, India managed to reach 429 for 8 in record chase of 438 runs.
After retiring from the game, Chauhan served as the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) in various capacities — president, vice-president, secretary and chief selector — apart from being manager of the Indian Team during its tour of Australia in 2001.
He was honoured with Arjuna award in 1981. After taking the political plunge, Chauhan was twice elected to the Lok Sabha from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh, in 1991 and 1998. At the time of his death, he was 73 and was serving as Minister of Sainik Welfare, Home Guards and Civil Security in the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet.
Monday, 17 August 2020 | PNS | New Delhi
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