Former India cricketer and Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Chetan Chauhan has reportedly tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus.
The news of Chauhan testing positive for the viral disease emerged late on Saturday night after tweets of former India players Aakash Chopra and RP Singh, who wished the former national team player a speedy recovery.
“Chetan Chauhan ji is also tested positive for #COVID?19. Sending best wishes in his direction too…get well soon, sir,” Chopra tweeted.
“Just heard about @ChetanChauhanCr ji Chetan has tested positive for #coronavirus . Praying for his speedy recovery,” former pacer RP Singh tweeted.
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) July 11, 2020
Chauhan underwent the COVID-19 test on Friday and is now in the Sanjay Gandhi PGI hospital in Lucknow. His family members will also undergo 19 tests and they have been put in isolation as of now.
The 72-year-old holds the Sainik Welfare, Home Guards, PRD and Civil Security ministry in the UP cabinet.
He was also a former Lok Sabha MP and was one of the few former international cricketers who have contracted the virus.
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and Scotland’s Majid Haq were among the other high-profile names to test positive and recover from the virus.
Known to be a brave player, Chauhan played 40 Tests between 1969 and 1978 and scored 2,084 runs at an average of 31.57 with 97 being his highest score. Apart from that, he donned the Indian jersey in seven ODIs, scoring 153 runs.
Chauhan and the great Sunil Gavaskar formed a successful opening partnership, scoring over 3,000 runs together with 10 century stands in Tests in the 1970s. He was a heavy scorer of runs in domestic cricket while playing for Delhi and Maharashtra.