Chetan Chauhan

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Chetan Chauhan
Personal details
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Personal information
Full nameChetandra Pratap Singh Chauhan
Born (1947-07-21) 21 July 1947 (age 72)
Meerut, United Provinces, British India
BowlingRight arm off spin
RoleOpening batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 118)25 September 1969 v New Zealand
Last Test13 April 1981 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 24)1 October 1978 v Pakistan
Last ODI15 February 1981 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC List A
Matches 40 7 179 26
Runs scored 2084 153 11143 617
Batting average 31.57 21.85 40.22 24.68
100s/50s 0/16 0/0 21/59 0/4
Top score 97 46 207 90
Balls bowled 174 0 3536 36
Wickets 2  – 51 1
Bowling average 53.00  – 34.13 26.00
5 wickets in innings 0  – 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/4  – 6/26 1/26
Catches/stumpings 38/–  – 189/– 6/–
Source: CricketArchive, 30 September 2008

Chetan Pratap Singh Chauhan About this soundpronunciation  (born 21 July 1947) is a former cricketer who played 40 Test matches for India. He played Ranji Trophy for Maharashtra and Delhi. He played most of his international cricket in the late 1970s and was the regular opening partner of Sunil Gavaskar during that period. Chetan Chauhan was appointed as Chairman of NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) from June 2016 to June 2017. He was also twice elected to the Lok Sabha from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh, in 1991 and 1998. As of August 2018, he is minister for youth and sports in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.[1]

Early days[edit]

Chauhan was born in Uttar Pradesh but moved to Pune in Maharashtra in 1960 where his father, an army officer, was transferred.[citation needed] He took his bachelor's degrees at Wadia College in Pune. There he was coached by the former Maharashtra player Kamal Bhandarkar.[citation needed] Chauhan represented Pune University in the Rohinton Baria Trophy in 1966–67 and was selected to represent West Zone for the interzonal Vizzy Trophy in the same season. He scored 103 against North Zone and 88 & 63 against South Zone in the final. His opening partner in the second innings was Sunil Gavaskar.[citation needed]

More success in the Vizzy trophy in 1967 led to his selection in the Maharashtra Ranji team. Chauhan's first hundred came next year when he was first in and last out against Bombay on a rain affected wicket where the first six wickets fell for 52. He scored 103 against South Zone in the Duleep Trophy final against five Test bowlers and was selected to play for India in 1969–70.[citation needed]

Test cricket[edit]

Chauhan made his Test debut against New Zealand at the Bombay. He took 25 minutes to score his first run, a square cut for four off Bruce Taylor His next scoring shot was a hook for six off the same bowler. Chauhan was dropped after two Tests, made an appearance against Australia later in the season, failed, and was dropped again for three years.

Chauhan scored 873 runs in the 1972–73 Ranji season for Maharashtra which was then the second highest aggregate for a season. This included double hundreds in consecutive matches against Gujarat and Vidarbha. Chauhan and Madhu Gupte shared an opening stand of 405 in the latter match. In between the double hundreds, he played two Tests against England. He failed and did not play a Test for another five years.

He moved to Delhi and the North Zone in 1975. One appearance against Sri Lanka in an unofficial Test ended in failure. In 1976–77, he scored 158 against Haryana (with a fractured jaw), 200 v Punjab, 147 v Karnataka and 150 against the Central Zone. Another Duleep trophy hundred early in the next season found him a place in the team to Australia.

The comeback[edit]

Chauhan scored 157 against Victoria in his first match of the tour. It took him 516 minutes and included just two fours. Paul Hibbert of Victoria had scored a hundred earlier in the match without a single boundary. Chauhan returned to the Indian team for the second Test at Perth and hit 88 in his very first innings. From then he missed only one Test till the end of his career and, except for one occasion, opened with Gavaskar every time. At Lahore against Pakistan they added 192, and 117 & 153 against West Indies at Bombay.

In England in 1979, they put on 213 in the second innings at The Oval when India missed the target of 438 by nine runs. Against Australia in 1980–81, Chauhan scored 249 runs in three Tests to Gavaskar's 118. He missed a hundred by three runs in Adelaide. At Melbourne in the next Test, he scored 85 and added 165 with Gavaskar before the latter was given out lbw to Dennis Lillee. Gavaskar, the captain, disputed the decision on the way out and ordered Chauhan to leave the field with him. An embarrassing situation was avoided when the Indian manager Wing Cmdr. Shahid Durrani persuaded Chauhan to return. Touring New Zealand after the trip to Australia, Chauhan scored 78 in the second Test and 36 & 7 in the third.

Later years[edit]

Chauhan was dropped after the tour and never selected for another Test match. He added 3022 runs with Gavaskar in their 59 opening stands, ten of which were over 100. He scored 2084 runs in his career with 16 fifties but without a century. His last first class match was the Ranji final against Bombay in 1985 where he scored 98 and 54 with a fractured finger.

Chauhan was a member of the Lok Sabha (lower house of the parliament) from Amroha in 1991 and 1998. He lost the elections from the same constituency in 1996, 1999 and 2004, finishing fourth on the last occasion. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Chauhan received the Arjuna award in 1981.[2]


  • Chauhan was the first Test cricketer to finish his Test career with over 2000 runs but without a century. As of 15 August 2007, Shane Warne (3154 runs) is the only other player with a similar record. Four others, Trevor Goddard (2516 with one hundred), Alistair Campbell (2858 with two hundreds), Chaminda Vaas (2694* with one hundred) and Anil Kumble (2,506 with one hundred), reached their first hundred after scoring more than 2000 runs. Goddard was the first to reach 2000 runs without a century but he extended the same innings to 112 [1]. .
  • Chauhan had 11 century stands with Gavaskar but one of them was for the fourth wicket. At Bombay against the West Indies in 1978–79 they opened together, but Chauhan retired early in the innings and came back at the fall of the third wicket.[2]


  1. ^ "UP CM Adityanath Keeps Home, PWD for Maurya, Dinesh Gets Education". News18. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  2. ^ Staff, CricketCountry (22 August 2016). "List of Indian cricketers winning Arjuna Award". Cricket Country. Retrieved 26 January 2019.

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