New Delhi: Expressing anguish over the death of former cricketer Chetan Chauhan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday remembered his contribution to Indian cricket and politics.Also Read - Stop Flights From Regions Witnessing New Omicron Variant: Kejriwal Urges PM Modi

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said Chetan Chauhan distinguished himself as a wonderful cricketer and later as a diligent political leader. Also Read - Planning Lockdown, Urging Flight Ban And Scaling up Testing: How Are Indian States Preparing to Combat Omicron 

“Chetan Chauhan Ji distinguished himself as a wonderful cricketer and later as a diligent political leader. He made effective contributions to public service and strengthening the BJP in UP. Anguished by his passing away. Condolences to his family and supporters,” PM Modi said. Also Read - #UPSCExtraAttempt: Why Are Civil Service Aspirants Demanding Another Chance?

Union Minister and former BCCI President Anurag Thakur also expressed sorrow over Chauhan’s death and said he was a good person besides being a cricketer and politician.

“It is unbelievable that #ChetanChauhan ji is not among us now. He was a very good person besides being a cricketer and politician,” Anurag Thakur said in a tweet.

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju expressed condolence over Chauhan’s death and said he had many memorable moments with him.

“I’m shocked and saddened by the demise of Chetan Chauhan, former Indian cricket opener and Minister in UP. I had memorable moments with him on many occasions. My deep condolences to his family and supporters. May his soul rest in peace,” Rijiju said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed condolence.

Chetan Chauhan died on Sunday due to COVID-19 related complications after being put on life support for nearly 36 hours.

Chauhan, who played 40 Tests for India, was 73 and is survived by his wife and son Vinayak, who is scheduled to arrive from Melbourne later in the day. Chauhan was currently serving as the Minister of Sainik Welfare, Home Guards, and Civil Security in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet.

Due to kidney related ailments, his health deteriorated and he was shifted to Medanta hospital in Gurugram. On Friday night, he had a multi-organ failure and was put on ventilator support.