Face to Face

Chetendra Pratap Singh Chauhan


Meet Chetan Chauhan Face to Face as part of CricInfo's Millennium video interview series with former Indian cricketers.

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Debut against New Zealand in 1969-70:

"Living in Poona ...it was my dream to play at Brabourne stadium and that dream was coming true on that particular day in that particular test match." [Video | Audio]

[Test debut | Brabourne Stadium]

Famous association with Sunil Gavaskar that began in '72-73:

"When I got the opportunity to play with [Sunil Gavaksar] it was a great feeling." [Video | Audio]

[Sunil Gavaskar | England in India '72-73]

Gavaskar and Chauhan: One of India's best opening pairs

"The secret of our partnership was that we used to talk to one another and tell each other that think of the millions of the people listening on the radio and watching on the television their hopes are on us. That kept us going." [Video | Audio]

Failure to score a century at the test level:

"It was a coincidence really. I was not under pressure when coming to the three figure mark." [Video | Audio]

[Unique Batting Record]

Regret having missed the 3-figure mark?

"I am not really upset that i didn't score a century... As if I had failed. That was not it." [Video | Audio]


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 1977-78.

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.

Partab Ramchand

Watch out for Part 2 of Face to Face with Chetan Chauhan