Former Indian cricketer VB Chandrasekhar dies in Chennai

Former India and Tamil Nadu opener V B Chandrasekhar passed away in Chennai following a cardiac arrest on Thursday. He was 57.

A qualified engineer, Chandrasekhar made his first-class debut at the age of 25 and played in a formidable Tamil Nadu team, which comprised WV Raman, Diwakar Vasu, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Bharath Arun.

A hard-hitting opener, he represented India in seven ODIs, with an innings of 53 being his highest score. In 81 First Class matches, Chandrasekhar notched up 4999 runs at 43.09 with 10 centuries.

Chandrasekhar, popularly called VB, is survived by wife and two daughters. The news of Chandrasekhar’s demise left the cricketing fraternity in shock. Indian cricketers took to Twitter to pay tribute to the former India selector.

BCCI posted: “BCCI regrets to inform that former India opener VB Chandrasekhar is no more. Our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and his fans.”

Harbhajan tweeted: “Very shocking to hear VB Chandrashekhar indian cricketer is no more.. very sad news .. very young to go.. rest in peace VB.. Big lose condolences to the family @CSKFansOfficial @ChennaiIPL @BCCI.”

Suresh Raina wrote: “Extremely sad & shocked to hear about the passing away of VB Chandrasekhar sir. His consistent efforts made it possible to set the right foundation of the CSK team. He always encouraged & believed in us since very beginning. My deepest condolences to the family.”

Anil Kumble said, “Terrible news…VB…too soon. Shocking! Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”

Chandrasekhar was working as an expert with the official broadcasters of the ongoing Tamil Nadu Premier League. Chandrasekhar’s played 81 first-class matches and scored 4999 runs in 124 innings with 10 centuries and 23 half-centuries.

Though it was initially reported as cardiac arrest, police have now said he has committed suicide. Mounting debts is suspected to be the reason. Further investigations are on.