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Hey Baba, you wanted to score a century, not me: Gavaskar remembered Chetan Chauhan

The India Print 2020-08-17 21:51:59

Sports Desk:  Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar paid tribute to his longtime opening partner Chetan Chauhan, who died due to problems related to covid-19. 'Aaja, aaja, gale mil, after all we are playing the obligatory overs of our lives' My salute partner Chetan Chauhan used to greet me whenever we met in the last two or three years. These meetings took place at his favorite Ferozeshah Kotla ground where he was in charge of preparing the pitch. When we hugged, I used to tell him 'No, no, we have to have another century partnership'.

When he was playing 97 in the second Test in Adelaide, my teammates lifted me from the TV front chair and took me to the balcony of the players and started saying that I should be present to cheer my partner. I was a bit superstitious to see the players playing from Balconi because then the batsman was out and so I always watched the match on TV in the dressing room. After completing the century, I used to go to the players' balcony and join the cheers. 

Surprisingly, he had nothing to say about the absence of some people a year ago when I scored a century in Delhi, equating to 29 years of Don Bradman. The second time I think I was responsible for missing Chetan's century came when I lost patience amid the rude behavior of Australian players going off the field after being given out for a poor decision. Attempts to take Chetan out would surely have disrupted his concentration, and after some time he missed a century once again.