HBD Chetan Chauhan: Sunil Gavaskar’s best opening partner, who did big things without scoring a century


New Delhi. Chetan Chauhan (HBD Chetan Chauhan) played many memorable innings on the cricket field. Today is a special day for them. Today this opener batsman was born in Bareilly, UP. He was also known on the cricket field because he was called the best opening partner of former legend Sunil Gavaskar. Together they added more than 3000 runs. Not only this, there is also a partnership of more than 100 runs for 10 times. But as a batsman, he could not score a century in Tests. Even today this pair is one of India’s second most successful opening pair in Test cricket. Let us tell you some interesting stories related to Chetan Chauhan:

Chetan Chauhan got a chance in the Test team for the first time against New Zealand in September 1969. He could not perform much in the first 3 Tests. Due to this he was out of the team for almost 3 years. He once again made a comeback from the England series in January 1973. Could not score even 25 runs in 4 innings and was again dropped from the team for 4 years. After this he was selected for the tour of Australia in 1977 and he did not look back from here.

Struggle innings of 88 runs played in Perth

Chetan Chauhan made a comeback from the Perth Test in December 1977 after a four-year return. He scored 88 runs in the first innings. Perth’s pitch is considered fast and bouncy. He scored 32 runs in the second innings as well. However, the Indian team lost this match by a close margin of 2 wickets. Chauhan and Gavaskar added 213 runs in a chase of 438 against England at the Oval in 1979. However, the team remained 9 runs away from victory.

Big partnership against Pakistan-West Indies too

Chetan Chauhan had a wonderful partnership of 192 runs with Sunil Gavaskar against Pakistan in Lahore. Apart from this, he also made 2 century partnership against West Indies. He scored 249 runs in the 3-match Test series against Australia in 1980-81. However, he was 3 runs away from scoring a century in Adelaide. In the next Test played in Melbourne, he scored 85 runs and shared an important 165-run partnership with Gavaskar. Due to this the performance of the team was good.

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Chetan Chauhan scored 2084 runs in 40 Tests for India at an average of 32. He scored 16 half-centuries and played the biggest innings of 97 runs. Apart from this, he scored 153 runs in 7 ODIs. He scored 21 centuries in his first class career. During this he scored 11143 runs in 179 matches. Played the best innings of 207 runs. He, along with Gavaskar, added 3010 runs for the first wicket in Test cricket. Only 2 Indian opening pairs have shared a partnership of more than 3 thousand runs. Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag have added 4412 runs. Has scored a century partnership 11 times. Chetan Chauhan passed away in 2020 at the age of 73. He also got into politics. those legislators and Member of parliament Be too.

Tags: BCCI, On This Day, Sunil Gavaskar, Team India

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