Former Indian cricketer VB Chandrasekhar commits suicide

New Delhi: Former India opener and national selector VB Chandrasekhar passed away in Chennai yesterday. According to a media report, the 57-year-old Chandrasekhar committed suicide at his residence in Mylapore. His body was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his bedroom on the first floor.

The dashing Tamilnadu right-hander of yesteryears, who was only six days short of his 58th birthday, is survived by his wife and two daughters. Chandrasekhar played 7 ODIs between 1988 and 1990, scoring only 88 runs, but at the domestic level he was prolific for a few seasons, aggregating 4,999 runs in 81 games with a highest score of 237 not out.

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

Till a few seasons back, he held the record for the fastest hundred in the Ranji Trophy – a 56-ball ton for Tamilnadu against Rest of India in an Irani Cup game – that brought him into national reckoning. Unfortunately, his technique was found out during a tri-series in New Zealand in 1990, ensuring that he never played for India again.

An astute reader of the game, he was later a national selector when Greg Chappell was the coach and in his later years also did commentary in domestic cricket. “I have done two years of commentary with him and I can vouch that I became better simply interacting with him. His game reading, grip on technical aspects was mind blowing and it is memory I would always cherish,” former India stumper Deep Dasgupta told PTI.

“His passion was unmatched and I know he used to spend a lot from his own pocket in a running a team in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) known as VB Kanchi Veerans. It will take some time for this tragic news to sink in,” said Dasgupta.

India and Chennai Super Kings player Suresh Raina condoled the death of Chandrasekhar. “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,” Raina tweeted.

India and CSK off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also expressed his sadness. “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,” Harbhajan wrote on his twitter handle.

Former India opener Aakash Chopra expressed shock at Chandrasekhar’s death. “Shocked to hear about the untimely demise of V B Chandrasekhar. Was only 57. Went away too soon. Thoughts with the family….heartfelt condolences. R.I.P.,” he tweeted.

BCCI tweeted its condolence to his family members: “…regret to inform that former India opener VB Chandrasekhar is no more. Our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and his fans.”