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Chetan Chauhan
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Chetan Chauhan

India
Chetan Chauhan

INTL CAREER: 1969 - 1981

Full Name

Chetandra Pratap Singh Chauhan

Born

July 21, 1947, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh

Died

August 16, 2020, Gurugram, (aged 73y 27d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

relations

(nephew)

TEAMS

One of the most courageous opening batsmen in Indian cricket, Chetan Chauhan will be chiefly remembered as Sunil Gavaskar's partner in numerous Tests in the '70s and early '80s. Until the Sehwag-Gambhir combine came along, the pair was the most successful Indian opening duo in Test cricket with ten century partnerships.

Chauhan had technical limitations and his strokeplay was not exactly fluent. But no one could question his courage, his defence and his ability to get behind the line of the ball. He was always a difficult batsman to dislodge and his patience and dogged qualities stood India in very good stead in 40 Tests in the period 1969 to 1981. He made his debut as a 22-year-old against New Zealand at Mumbai and also played against Australia the same season. He was recalled for two Tests against England in 1972-73 but his most prolific period began when he was chosen for the tour of Australia in 1977-78.

The crowning glory of the Gavaskar-Chauhan partnership came at The Oval in 1979 when they put on 213, breaking the famous long-standing record of Merchant and Mushtaq Ali who put on 203 runs at Old Trafford in 1936. Chauhan's share was 80. He was unlucky not to get a Test hundred, though his aggregate in Tests exceeded 2000 runs (he was the first player in Test history to score more than 2000 runs without a hundred).

He was a heavy run-getter in domestic cricket, and represented Maharashtra and Delhi in the Ranji Trophy competition. After retiring, Chauhan became a selector from North Zone and was elected to Parliament on a BJP ticket. He died in August 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, from complications arising out of the disease.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Test4068220849731.570161380
ODI7701534621.8530150.830030
FC179299221114320740.2221591890
List A262616179024.680460
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test401017410621/41/453.003.6587.00000
ODI7------------
FC17935541741516/2634.1369.6010
List A26362611/261/2626.0036.00000
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Photos


A <i>Sportsweek</i> magazine page about the tenth century stand for the first wicket between Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan, achieved against New Zealand in Christchurch during the 1980-81 series
A <i>Sportsweek</i> magazine page featuring the 10th century stand for the first wicket between Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan, achieved against New Zealand in Christchurch during the 1980-81 series
After retiring from the game, Chetan Chauhan stayed connected to it in many ways: here he oversees a Delhi pre-season camp, also featuring a young Virat Kohli
Chetan Chauhan speaks to presspersons
Chetan Chauhan addresses the media in his role as selector for the Afro-Asia Cup in 2007
Chetan Chauhan at the CRY Cadence Corporate Cricket Challenge in New Delhi