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Former India opener Chauhan dies after COVID-19 complications

Former Indian Test opening batsman Chetan Chauhan, who had been diagnosed with COVID-19, has died from complications on Sunday at the age of 73.

Chauhan, who played for India from 1969 to 1981, partnered batting great Sunil Gavaskar at the top of the order where his patience and dogged determination helped the pair stitch together 10 century stands.

Chetan Chauhan hits a drive en route to making 42 in the fourth Test between India and Australia at the SCG in 1978. India won that match by an innings and two runs.

Chetan Chauhan hits a drive en route to making 42 in the fourth Test between India and Australia at the SCG in 1978. India won that match by an innings and two runs.Credit:Gilbert Purcell

Chauhan was admitted to hospital in July when he tested positive and was on a ventilator when his health deteriorated over the weekend.

“The BCCI expresses grief on the passing away of Chetan Chauhan,” the statement said. “The former India cricketer was admitted to a hospital after being tested positive for COVID-19 and breathed his last on Sunday.”

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