VB Chandrasekhar, the former India opening batsman, was found dead hanging at his home in Chennai on Thursday. According to police sources, the 57-year-old might have committed suicide. “Financial liabilities appear to be the reason,” a senior police officer said. No suicide note has been recovered and the investigation is on. The investigators say that the financial burden could be connected to “V B Kanchi Veerans”, the Tamil Nadu Premier League team owned by the former cricketer. Chandrasekhar represented India in seven One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and had an impressive average of 43.09 in first-class cricket.
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. Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina among others expressed their disbelief on the news that came in late on Thurday.
Notably, VB Chandrasekhar was the one who brought MS Dhoni to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League. Chandrasekhar served as manager of the Chennai-based franchise for three years.
VB Chandrasekhar was working as an expert with the official broadcasters of the ongoing Tamil Nadu Premier League.
VB Chandrasekhar’s played 81 first-class matches and scored 4999 runs in 124 innings with 10 centuries and 23 half-centuries.
Chandrasekhar made his debut against New Zealand in 1988. Two years later, he played his final ODI against Australia in Hamilton.
The 57-year-old India batsman played an unbeaten innings of 237 for Goa against Kerala, that remains one of the highlights of his career.