On a day where there’s been immense sadness especially in the context of Indian Cricket, with MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina announcing their retirements, it hurts to know that not all is well with former India cricketer Chetan Chauhan.
A veteran cricketer and someone with an added experience of 40 Tests, 7 ODIs, and no fewer than 179 first-class games, Chetan Chauhan is critical and is on life support.
A report, with regards to the doctors under whose watch he is admitted in the facility, suggests that Chetan Chauhan developed an infection that reached the kidneys. This, reportedly, led to blood pressure problems.
Meanwhile, there are wishes and get well soon messages that have enveloped from different parts of the country in the wake of the news that a former luminary of the Indian Cricket establishment was battling and quite critical.
“Early morning today, Chetan ji had a kidney failure and subsequently, had 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, was quoted upon his interaction with the Press Trust Of India on Saturday.
One of the famous members of the Indian cricket firmament of the eighties which includes Sir Sunil Gavaskar, Mr. Dilip Vengsarkar, Ravi Shastri, Rogers Binny among others, Mr. Chetan Chauhan, known for his simplistic demeanours and warm personality struck over 2,000 runs in Test match cricket and apart from being a handy middle-order batsman, was also a useful bowler, who managed over 50 first-class wickets.
In the entirety of his career, the Bareilly-born batsman scored 16 fifties for his Indian team and also collected 38 catches for the Test side.
An excerpt published in HT.com is worth noting at especially since it covers his political innings, not just cricketing feats:
Chauhan was twice elected to the Lok Sabha from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh, in 1991 and 1998 and was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 1981. During his 12-year-long cricket career, Chauhan played 40 Tests scoring 2084 runs with 16 half-centuries and two wickets. With Sunil Gavaskar, Chauhan formed a potent opening partnership for India with the duo scoring over 3000 runs, including 12 century stands.
We wish this giant of Indian cricket a fast recovery and really hope that he gets to his best shape at the earliest.