Former Indian opener and UP politician Chetan Chauhan passed away on Sunday. ( File photo, Image Courtesy: Patrika)

Cricketer turned politician Chetan Chauhan passes away

Former International cricketer and Uttar Pradesh Minister Chetan Chauhan died on Sunday. 73 year old cricketer turned politician becomes the second UP minister after Kamal Rani Varun to have died of Coronavirus.

Chauhan was being treated at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram where his condition deteriorated from Saturday. Meanwhile condolences pour in from all quarters after his demise.

Condoling his death Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, Shri Chetan Chauhan Ji distinguished himself as a wonderful cricketer and later as a diligent political leader. He made effective contributions to public service and strengthening the BJP in UP. Anguished by his passing away. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti.

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar tweeted: Saddened to hear about the demise of Chetan Bhai. He always had encouraging things to say to me & shared plenty of stories from his cricketing days with the Indian team. May his soul Rest in Peace.

While Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s office said, “Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expresses deep sorrow over the passing away of Uttar Pradesh Minister and former cricketer Chetan Chauhan.”

Later talking to electronic media the Chief Minister said that Chauhan was not only popular as a cricketer, but he was also a very popular mass leader. His death is an irreparable loss to Uttar Pradesh and the world of cricket, he said.

Chauhan was part of Indian cricket team during the 70’s and used to bat as opening batsman along with little master Sunil Gavaskar. The pair have between them ten opening century partnerships. Chauhan was known for his courage and formidable defense, the vital component of success in those days of test cricket. The unrestrained fast bowling of that era used to test the batsmen’s patience more than anything else.

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