Former India Test opener Chetan Chauhan on Saturday tested positive for coronavirus and has been hospitalised in Lucknow.
The former cricketer, a veteran of 40 Tests, is mostly remembered for accompanying ex-captain Sunil Gavaskar at the start of each innings around the 70s. The pair have 10-century partnerships and is one of the successful opening pairs in Indian Test cricket.
Chauhan was also the first Test player to have amassed 2000 runs without scoring a century. In 59 opening stands with the legendary batsman, Chetan has stitched 3022 runs. Overall, he has scored 2084 runs in 68 innings at 31.6 with 16 half-centuries. He has also represented India in seven ODIs, scoring 153 runs at 21.9.
The 72-year-old underwent the COVID-19 test on Friday and has been reportedly admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi PGI hospital in Lucknow.
Chauhan's family members will undergo COVID-19 tests and they have been put under home quarantine for now.
Chauhan holds the Sainik Welfare, Home Guards, PRD and Civil Security ministry in the UP cabinet.
Till last year, he served as the sports minister of the state. Chauhan, a two-time former Lok Sabha MP, is one of the few former international cricketers who have contracted the virus.