Born: 21 July 1947, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh
Major Teams: India, Delhi, Maharashtra.
Known As: Chetan Chauhan
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Off Break
One of the most courageous opening batsmen in the history of
Indian cricket, Chetan Chauhan will be chiefly remembered as
Sunil Gavaskar's partner in numerous Tests in the 70s and
early 80s. The pair is arguably the most successful Indian opening
pair 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
The crowning glory of the Gavaskar-Chauhan partnership
came at the Oval in 1979 when the two put on 213 runs, 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 was 2084 runs at an average of 31.57. He was a prolific
run getter in domestic cricket and represented Maharashtra and
Delhi in the Ranji Trophy competition. After retiring from the
game, Chauhan became a selector from North Zone and was elected
to Parliament on a BJP ticket.