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Chetan Chauhan, Sunil Gavaskar‘s longtime opening partner (between 1973 and 1981), has died from complications after he was diagnosed with Covid-19 in early July, according to PTI. He was 73.

Chauhan tested positive for Covid-19 on July 12, and was admitted to hospital immediately. Subsequent reports said that Chauhan had recovered, but his health took a turn for the worse on Friday night, and he had to be put on ventilator.

Overall, in a 179-match first-class career that went on till 1984-85, Chauhan scored 11,143 runs at an average of 40.22, with 59 half-centuries and 21 centuries. But while 16 of the 59 came in Test cricket, he finished with a zero in the centuries’ column in the format, despite coming close on many occasions: he got to 80-plus seven times, on two of those occasions getting to 93 and 97. He held a dubious record – most Test runs without scoring a century – for many years before being topped by Shane Warne.

That record notwithstanding, Chauhan forged an immensely successful partnership with Gavaskar, the two putting on 3010 runs in 59 innings together, which was an Indian record till Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir went past the tally. The Gavaskar-Chauhan combine averaged 53.75 (superior to Sehwag-Gambhir’s 52.52) and had ten century stands including a best of 213, which came in the second innings against England at The Oval in August 1979, Chauhan scoring 80 even as Gavaskar went on to score 221 and India reached 429 for 8 in a chase of 438.

But the most memorable image of Chauhan the international cricketer might still be from the time he was forced to walk off the MCG along with Gavaskar, his captain then, when the latter was left feeling hard-done-by by the umpire’s decision to give him lbw off Dennis Lillee. It appeared that Gavaskar, already unhappy with the verdict, took umbrage when Lillee had a word or two to say to him as he walked off, and Gavaskar turned back, took Chauhan with him, and walked off, suggesting for a little while that India were forfeiting the game.

Chauhan, a gritty but occasionally dour batsman, wasn’t quite as successful in the shorter formats, averaging 24.68 in a 26-match List A career, and 21.85 in the seven ODIs he played.

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Chauhan served as the sports minister of Uttar Pradesh till last year and was a two-time member of parliament, and a former president of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association. Chauhan had also served in various other capacities at the association, and was also the manager of the Indian cricket team on their tour of Australia in 2008.

“I am deeply anguished to learn of the passing away of Shri Chetan Chauhan,” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said in a press release..”I have spent so much time with him when he was the Indian Cricket Team’s manager. Not only was he a tough opening batsman but was a person with a tremendous sense of humour and had a tremendous attachment to Indian cricket. This year needs to be forgotten as it has taken a lot of dear people away. He will always remain with us. May God give strength to his family to overcome this loss.”

Chauhan was born in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, but began his first-class career in the 1967-68 season for Maharashtra, having moved to Pune for studies. He continued to play, and score heavily, for Maharashtra and West Zone before shifting to Delhi in 1975-76, by when he had made his Test debut – the ODI debut would come a couple of seasons later.

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Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.: Fight card, date, PPV price, rules, location for the 2020 exhibition match

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Two monumental names synonymous with the sport of boxing will go for another ride in the ring this weekend when former champions Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. meet in an 8-round exhibition match from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. After months of buildup as well as a delay from the original date by two months, Tyson and Jones Jr. will finally meet in the ring in what the California Athletic Commission has deemed “sparring” in hopes that neither fighter goes for the knockout.

But don’t tell Tyson or Jones that because the two have said multiple times in the buildup that this is going to be a legitimate fight.

Tyson, of course, was one of the most feared heavyweights in history, dominating the division over the late 1980s, becoming the youngest heavyweight champion in history with brutal punching power that carried him to a 37-0 record before he fell victim to one of the greatest sports upsets in history when he was knocked out by James “Buster” Douglas in Tokyo in July 1990. Tyson remained a star despite years spent in prison after being convicted of rape. Tyson would go on to infamous lows such as twice biting Evander Holyfield in their June 1997 rematch and quitting against Kevin McBride during his final pro bout. He has, in recent years, rehabilitated his image as a kinder, gentler version of himself, appearing in films, hosting a podcast and becoming an outspoken advocate for marijuana.

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Jones was named the best boxer of the 1990s by Ring Magazine. At his best, Jones displayed a dazzling combination of speed, power and defense, while being able to showboat in fantastic and improbable ways. Jones won wold championships at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and eventually heavyweight in a historic accomplishment. After a near-flawless first 50 fights of his career — his lone loss a controversial disqualification against Montell Griffin that was avenged in less than one round in the rematch — Jones career slowly began to unravel as his style was too dependent on reflexes that diminished over time.

Below is all the information we know about the bout, including the fight card, odds and rules. Be sure to check in on this page often as it will be updated frequently.

Fight card

As of Oct. 23

Main card

  • Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. — WBC Frontline Championship (8 rounds)
  • Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson — cruiserweights (6 rounds)
  • Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan — light heavyweights (8 rounds)
  • Viddal Riley vs. Rashad Coulter — cruiserweights (6 rounds)

Preliminary card

  • Jamaine Ortiz vs. Nahir Albright — lightweights
  • Irvin Gonzalez Jr. vs. Edward Vasquez — featherweights
  • Juiseppe Cusumano vs. Nick Jones — heavyweights

Odds

Odds via SportsLine oddsmakers

  • Mike Tyson -220 vs. Roy Jones Jr. +170, Draw: +1200
  • Over/Under 7.5 Rounds: Over +150, Under -180

Viewing information

  • Date: Nov. 28 | Start time: 9 p.m. ET (main card)
  • Location: Staples Center — Los Angeles
  • TV: Traditional PPV providers | Live stream: TysonOnTriller.com or FITE TV | Price: $49.99

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ICC considering deferring 2021 U-19 Women’s World Cup to later in the year

The ICC is gauging the possibility of deferring the inaugural Under-19 Women’s World Cup in Bangladesh from its originally earmarked window of January 2021 to later in the year.

Though the governing body or the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has not yet made any official announcements about the postponement of the tournament, ESPNcricinfo understands the ICC has been liaising with the BCB and closely monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic situation in Bangladesh to assess if revised dates could be accommodated in 2021 itself.

The ICC board, which confirmed last week the postponement of the 2022 Women’s T20 World Cup to February 2023 among other developments, is understood to have not arrived at a decision on the fate of the U-19 Women’s World Cup yet. Further clarity on the matter could emerge only early next year.

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With the 2021 Women’s ODI World Cup in New Zealand having already been deferred by a year, no major women’s global event, save for potentially the qualifiers of the 50-over World Cup, is scheduled for next year. Should the U-19 Women’s World Cup be held in 2021, it will be one of the only two global events that year, with India scheduled to host the Men’s T20 World Cup in October-November.

While all cricket in India continues to remains suspended, the BCB resumed domestic cricket last month, with the President’s Cup, in which the board managed to keep the three participating teams in a bio-bubble, allowing them only to commute between the hotel and the Shere Bangla National Stadium. A second domestic tournament, the five-team Bangabandhu T20 Cup, got underway on Tuesday within a BCB-supported bio-bubble. As for the resumption of international cricket, West Indies has given Bangladesh hope that they will be touring the country in January 2021.

The decision to introduce a Women’s U-19 World Cup was made during the four-day ICC board meetings in October last year, under the chairmanship of Shashank Manohar. A release issued by the governing body had stated, “The board approved the establishment of an U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup with the first edition to be played in Bangladesh in 2021 and every two years after that.”

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