BCCI condoles Chetan Chauhan's demise, Saurav Ganguly remembers his association with former team manager
Kolkata/UNI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has expressed grief at the passing away of former Test cricketer Chetan Chauhan.
The former India cricketer was admitted to a hospital after being tested positive for COVID-19 and breathed his last on Sunday .
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said, "I am deeply anguished to learn of the passing away of Shri Chetan Chauhan.
"I have spent so much time with him when he was Indian Cricket Team’s manager. Not only was he a tough opening batsman but was a person with a tremendous sense of humour and had a tremendous attachment to Indian cricket.
"This year needs to be forgotten as it has taken a lot of dear people away. He will always remain with us. May God give strength to his family to overcome this loss.”
The BCCI while consoling in a statement said " A gritty opener, Chauhan played 40 Test matches in seven ODIs for India from 1969 to 1981."
He was Sunil Gavaskar’s opening partner and the two shared many vital stands, including 10 century partnerships.
It was at The Oval in 1979 that the two put on a courageous display, stitching together an opening partnership of 213 runs, which came in the second innings. Together they put 3010 runs in 59 innings, an Indian record then before Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir went past the mark.
Chauhan continued his domination in first-class cricket and amassed over 11000 runs from 179 games, representing Maharashtra and Delhi.
After his retirement, he served as President of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association and was also its vice-president, secretary and chief selector. He was appointed as manager of the Indian Cricket Team that toured Australia in 2007-08.
In 1980-81, he was bestowed with the prestigious Arjuna Award.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah said, "The news of Shri Chetan Chauhan ji’s untimely death has deeply pained me. In him, the nation has not only lost a fine cricketer today but also a great human being. His contribution to Indian cricket will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends."