Chetan Chauhan featured in 40 Test matches and seven ODIs for India Credit: Twitter image

Guwahati: Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister and former Indian opening batsman Chetan Chauhan died of COVID-19 related complications on Sunday. He was under life support for nearly 36 hours after he suffered multiple organ failures. The 73-year-old Chauhan was admitted at the Medanta hospital in Gurgaon at the time of his death.

He was considered as one of the courageous batsmen of Indian cricket.

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Chauhan featured in 40 Test matches and seven ODIs for India. He had also been the longest-serving opening partner to the legendary Sunil Gavaskar in the 1970s and early 1980s and scored over 3,000 runs together with 10-century stands in Tests. One of the most memorable moments of his career as an opener was the 213-run stand he put with Gavaskar at The Oval in 1979, where he contributed 80 runs. He scored 2084 runs in 40 Tests and 157 runs in seven ODIs playing for India.

After quitting the game, Chauhan served the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) in various capacities – president, vice-president, secretary, and chief selector – apart from being the manager of the Indian team during their tour of Australia.

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He was twice elected to the Lok Sabha from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh, in 1991 and 1998 and was honored with the Arjuna Award in 1981.

Chauhan tested positive for COVID-19 in earlier July and was admitted at the Sanjay Gandhi PGI Hospital in Lucknow. Later on, his health deteriorated because of kidney-related ailments and he was shifted to Medanta hospital in Gurgaon, where he succumbed to multiple organ failures.

Chauhan is survived by his wife and son Vinayak, who is scheduled to arrive from Melbourne later in the day.

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