Chetendra Pratap Singh Chauhan, who breathed his final at 73 on Sunday after battling COVID-19, was a really safe man and possibly somebody whose greatest energy was understanding about limitations, one thing that he believed helped him as an administrator and politician later in life.
When requested how he felt getting out 9 occasions between 80 and 97, he would chuckle playfully with a cup of tea in his fingers watching one other one in all Delhi’s Ranji Trophy video games on the Feroz Shah Kotla.
“It was future most likely however I’ve seen individuals being extra disillusioned about that hundred than me. I’ve no regrets. I’ve performed 40 Tests for India and was Sunil Gavaskar’s opening accomplice,” he would say proudly.
For a technology that did not watch Chauhan, he was one of many first Indian worldwide cricketers to put on a helmet which he believed helped his recreation.
A robust back-foot participant, who might experience the bounce, Chauhan’s best part was between 1977 to 1981 when he was an everyday with Gavaskar on the prime of the order.
Yet essentially the most endearing reminiscence for all YouTubers will probably be how Gavaskar referred to as him to go away the bottom in Melbourne after being sad with Dennis Lillee’s boorish behaviour throughout India’s well-known victory.
Was Gavaskar out or not out sir? Journalists would usually ask him and he would begin laughing.
But throughout quite a few interactions with him, what stood out was his reverence for his opening accomplice and his greatness.
“Sunny bahot bada batsman thaa. Tum bacchon ko koi thought nahi hain. Humse pucho. 2000 run karne mein kitne Ghode kholne pade aur uske 10 hazar run the (Sunny was an enormous participant. Imagine how tough it was for us to attain even 2000 and he scored 10,000),” mentioned the person, who held his personal towards Bob Willis, Mike Hendricks and Ian Botham on the Oval in 1979, was implausible towards Lillee, Len Pascoe and Rodney Hogg on bouncy Australian tracks.
He by no means believed in beating across the bush when he spoke about Indian cricket or for that matter Delhi cricket. The journalists, who coated Delhi cricket, cherished him.
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Not as a result of he was accessible for a touch upon any cricketing subject however the superb tales he would inform.
“Bahot bekaar gamers bhi 70s aur 80s mein khel gayein hain India ke liye,” he as soon as mentioned standing at Roshanara floor.
He gave an inventory after which mentioned I hope nobody is recording something. “Tum sab apne bache ho,” he would say smilingly.
Chauhan sir, as he was referred to as, could possibly be extremely humorous with out even attempting.
Sample this. One journalist as soon as requested him, “Sir, who’s the worst first-class cricketer to have performed Ranji Trophy within the final 50 years?”
There was a large grin after which got here the clincher. “Bataoonga par kahin pe quote toh nahi karogey na?” Everyone promised and he spelt out a reputation, a really well-known administrator in later years.
But Chauhan wasn’t simply enjoyable. He was a critical man who dealt with cricket in essentially the most tough and arguably essentially the most corrupt state physique underneath the aegis of BCCI — Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA).
And he had a bunch of superstars to deal with. Once Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag had been carried out with their India days, it wasn’t a straightforward job to deal with the 2 stars however Chauhan managed that with elan.
There could be occasions when his contemporaries from Indian and Delhi cricket would rip him to shreds on DDCA issues however hardly would he lose his cool.
Politics and time spent in Parliament as an MP made him affected person and at one degree thick-skinned which is important for administration.
He had a difficulty primarily based on public distinction of opinion with Gambhir on Navdeep Saini’s choice within the Delhi staff and each had been appropriate. Chauhan glided by the ebook, Gambhir by feelings.
Then as soon as he was made chairman of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, a political appointment that drew criticism and in one of many style pages, he was ridiculed utilizing an image of him in a cowboy hat and captioned “Shikari Shambhoo”.
The subsequent day he wasn’t offended however tried to clarify that his submit is just not about understanding style however clearing cheques and placing administration so as.
“Kya bolun, they do not even perceive,” he mentioned.
The lasting image of Chauhan would him clad in a observe swimsuit at 8:30 am on any chilly December morning, strolling right down to the pitch, speaking to groundsmen, strolling a number of extra laps, going to the health club, spending an hour, earlier than turning into formals to look at the match.
Kotla will miss Chetan Chauhan.