Former Indian cricketer and Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Chetan Chauhan passed away at the age of 73 after suffering a cardiac arrest and multiple organ failure.
Mr Chauhan was initially admitted to PGI Hospital in Lucknow after being tested positive for the novel coronavirus last month. He was later shifted to Medanta hospital in Gurugram. On Saturday his health started deteriorating and was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where he was on life support system.
Soon after the news of his demise broke out, Indian cricketers as well as ministers took to social media to express grief and conveyed their deep condolences to the family members.
Chauhan was known for his opening partnership with Sunil Gavaskar with the pair scoring more than 3,000 runs. He had played a total of 40 Tests for India and amassed 2,084 runs-including 16 half-centuries. He was also awarded with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1981. The former player also scored 153 runs in seven One-Day Internationals (ODIs) he played for the Men in Blue during his 12-year-long cricketing career.
After quitting the game, Chauhan served the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) in various capacities and then moved on to Indian Politics. He was part of the Lok Sabha in 1991 and 1998 representing Amroha in UP. He also held the portfolios of Sainik Welfare, Home Guards, PRD and Civil Security in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet. Till last year, he served as the sports minister of the state.