Former cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar’s opening partner Chetan Chauhan dies at 73

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Lucknow: Former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan died of lung failure at the age of 73 on Sunday (August 16) in Lucknow. He had tested positive for COVID 19 and was admitted at the Sanjay Gandhi PGI Hospital in Lucknow on July 12. According to reports, he had recovered, however, his health deteriorated on Friday night.

“Early morning today, Chetan ji had a kidney failure and subsequently, had a multi-organ failure. He is currently on life support. We are all praying that he wins this battle,” a senior DDCA official, who is keeping track of the development, had told PTI on Saturday.

Chauhan represented India in 40 Tests. He had also been the longest-serving opening partner to the legendary Sunil Gavaskar. Chauhan was born in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, but he began his career by playing in the 1967-68 season for Maharashtra. He played Ranji Trophy for Maharashtra and Delhi.

Sunil Gavaskar (left) and Chetan Chauhan (right)

He made his Test Debut on September 25, 1960, against New Zealand in Bombay. He also played the last Test Match against New Zealand on 13 April 1981. Apart from 40 Test matches, he also represented India in 7 ODIs. He scored 2084 and 153 runs respectively in both the formats. During his career, he was also the first batsman to score 2000 runs without scoring a century.

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