Chetan Chauhan: ‘Memories of a Rajput warrior’

Yajurvindra Singh

The cricket fraternity was shocked by the sudden demise of Chetan Chauhan. The lethal coronavirus struck a blow on a cricketer who was recognized for his guts, grit, valour and combating spirit in opposition to the quickest and most skilful of bowlers in world cricket.

He prided himself on being a combating Rajput warrior, who stood and fought in opposition to all eventualities, not solely when he performed for his nation but additionally for each cricket staff that he performed for, Yajurvindra Singh stated.

The nice Dennis Lillee realized a lesson when he tried to rattle him with some quick, fiery deliveries. Chetan’s sq. minimize, each alongside the bottom and thru an higher minimize, turned legendary and Lillee and lots of different nice bowlers suffered in opposition to his onslaught on many an event.

“Chu Chu” Chauhan, as a few of us who had been shut addressed him, was a fighter to the core. His bat was like a sword able to defend when required however able to slice and pierce his opponents when a possibility arose. A by no means say die perspective on the sphere however the first to acknowledge the nice feats of others. Chetan stood as one who additionally had the persistence, stamina and maturity to play tactfully in all walks of life.

Cricket was his ardour and he had the excellence of being a top-class administrator, selector, mentor, coach and a strategic thinker on and off the cricket area. Furthermore, he was additionally a senior banker, entrepreneur and a politician who was twice elected as a Member of Parliament and on the time of his demise, he was a minister within the Uttar Pradesh authorities.

These accomplishments had been only some however he had many different traits that made him a beautiful particular person. His ever-friendly manner, calm temperament and his fun-loving nature had been simply the substances which made him a pleasant bloke.

To me personally, he was an excellent and constant pal, who at all times prepared to present a supporting hand and at all times there for me in my hour of want. This was a trait that, apparently, he exhibited to everybody he got here throughout, making him a extremely popular and loving particular person.

Chetan was a really hard-working cricketer and I used to be lucky to have interacted with him in Pune. The first time we met was on the Wadia College nets, the place he practised day by day below the tutelage of Kamal Bhandarkar, the famend coach of Pune.

Chetan was by then a Test participant and for us a cricketer to admire and respect. He by no means ever allow us to really feel his seniority and was at all times prepared to assist, help and advise us in our endeavours to enhance our sport. He was a down-to-earth particular person whose love for the sport was unquestionable and a staff participant whom one might depend on.

Chetan and I performed for a similar membership in Pune and I used to be fortunate to have him as a mentor after I made by debut into the Maharashtra aspect. One of his unforgettable knocks was when he stood like a rock together with his colossal rating remaining not out on 185, once we beat the robust Bombay aspect in 1973 led by Ajit Wadekar. For us juniors, his feat is what gave us the arrogance that the record-breaking champion aspect could possibly be defeated if one had the tenacity, that Chetan displayed, to take action.

The most intriguing aspect of Chetan’s batting was through the web classes earlier than a match. On many events, I’d discover him struggling for kind and sketchy in his defence. But the very subsequent day when he walked in to bat, the arrogance and the flexibility that he displayed is what constructive mindset is all about. He would have his chest out like a combating rooster and nothing shattered his perspective. This is what made him profitable.

One of probably the most gritty knocks from him that I witnessed was when he performed a 50-overs Wills Trophy home match in Delhi in 1978. Chetan had been hit on the chin a number of days earlier and so he was wired inside and bandaged on the surface.

He was on a liquid food plan as he couldn’t chew any stable meals. In this situation, he insisted on enjoying the match for Delhi in opposition to the Board President’s XI and ended up scoring 90 runs as an opener. This confirmed the center and the willpower that made him shine head and shoulders above many others.

He was the epitome of a Rajput warrior within the Maharana Pratap mould and one whom each staff member knew would combat to the top. Our final assembly was two and a half years in the past once we had been each felicitated by Wadia College and given a life-time award as former college students.

He delivered a beautiful speech inviting all Wadians to come back over to UP the place his doorways had been open for anybody who wished to do enterprise there. He was after all of the Minister for Sports, Skill Development and Business. This was Chetan, dedicated and charismatic about any activity that was given to him, a cricketer who would give his final ounce for his staff and open his arms to his buddies.

We will miss you “Chu Chu” however your recollections might be etched in our hearts endlessly. RIP my pal. IANS

(Yajurvindra Singh is a former Test cricketer. Views expressed are private)

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