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Chetan Chauhan was the Man Of Steel of Indian Cricket: Colleagues and players – Times of India

Chetan Chauhan was the Man Of Steel of Indian Cricket: Colleagues and players – Times of India

Renowned Test opener and a serving cupboard minister in the Uttar Pradesh government, Chetan Chauhan, who succumbed to Covid-19 an infection on Sunday, was additionally an ready staff supervisor and coach.

Sunil Gavaskar’s longest opening accomplice, Chetan’s tenure as the supervisor of the Indian cricket staff included memorable events resembling the historic collection win towards Australia in 2001 in addition to his deft and excellent dealing with of the ‘Monkeygate scandal’ throughout the 2007-08 tour when Harbhajan Singh was accused of utilizing a racial slur towards Andrew Symonds whereas batting. Chauhan, who was the supervisor of the Indian cricket staff at the moment, performed an important function in quelling tempers and ensured that the tour, that gave the impression to be on the verge of cancellation, went forward easily.

Players, his contemporaries and those that performed below his steering when he was the coach and the supervisor of the Indian staff, bear in mind Chauhan as a optimistic and understanding particular person and a participant who was the most reliable and who performed for the staff as an alternative of his personal self.

Sir was at all times accessible for the staff: RP Singh

Former Indian pacer and UP-born cricketer Rudra Pratap Singh, who was half of the Indian squad when Chauhan was the supervisor, remembers the gentleman he was. “Chauhan sir was a good and supportive man with a tremendous attachment to Indian cricket. He often gave us cricketing tips and was available for the team, always at any time of the day or night. His contribution to Indian cricket will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”

RP Singh (BCCL)

RP Singh (BCCL)

He was a karmayogi: Rajiv Shukla

Rajiv Shukla, IPL Chairman says, “I remember seeing him opening with Sunil Gavaskar at Green Park Stadium. I also remember that getting him out was something next to impossible in those days and that’s is why he earned the title of Indian cricket’s Man of Steel.”

“Chauhan was a karmayogi. Be it as a sportsperson or as a politician, he always worked for the betterment of cricket. From getting the Green Park Stadium renovated to hosting IPL in Kanpur and Lucknow, he always wanted that cricket should get better. He may have played cricket from Maharashtra but whenever he got an opportunity, he made sure that cricket develops to its best in Uttar Pradesh,” he provides.

Rajiv Shukla (BCCL)

Rajiv Shukla (BCCL)

“He was also an impeccable administrator,” says Shukla.“Things were really bad when the ‘Monkeygate’ scandal happened. Chetan Chauhanji played an important role in striking a balance between the official proceedings and the psychological well being of the team. This was the time when he also showcased his superb management and administrative skills. His contribbution to cricket will always be remembered.”

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