The cricketing fraternity was sent into a deep shock as former India and Tamil Nadu batsman VB Chandrasekhar passed away aged just 57. The Tamil Nadu legend passed away on Thursday at his residence in Mylapore. Earlier reports suggested that VB Chandrasekhar succumbed to a heart attack. However, local police has confirmed that he committed suicide.
Investigating officer inspector Senthil Murugan said Chandrasekhar had not left any suicide note. Police said Chandrasekhar’s wife Soumya told them that he had tea with the family and went to his room at 5:45 pm. The police also stated that the ex-cricketer was depressed because of the losses he suffered in his business.
“Chandrasekhar’s wife told the police that she had knocked at the door of his room but there was no response. She then peeped through the window to find him hanging from the ceiling,” inspector Murugan was quoted as saying by TOI.
“She also informed us that VB was depressed due to the losses that he had incurred in his cricket business,” Murugan added.
VB Chandrasekhar represented India in seven ODIs between 1988 and 1990. His career with Tamil Nadu was more decorated. He was one of Tamil Nadu’s main players through the late 80s and early 90s. He was a key member of the team that won Tamil Nadu’s second Ranji Trophy title in 1987-88, scoring 160 in the quarter-finals against Uttar Pradesh and 89 in the final against Railways.
He followed that up with a 56-ball fourth-innings century in the Irani Trophy against Rest of India. It was the fastest hundred in first-class cricket by an Indian at that time. Those consistent run-scoring feats in domestic cricket helped VB Chandrasekhar break into the Indian team.
After hanging his boots as a cricketer, he served as the national selector and also coached the Tamil Nadu team during the 2012-13 season. He was appointed team director of the Chennai Super Kings franchise during the inception of the Indian Premier League in 2008. In fact, he is the one who N. Srinivasan to pick MS Dhoni over Virender Sehwag as the team’s marquee signing.
VB Chandrasekhar was a very popular man in the Indian cricket circle and the reactions from the players and others made it very clear. From the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh to Stephen Fleming and Dean Jones, quite a number of present and former cricketers expressed their disbelief over the news.
Here are some of the reactions from the cricketers:
Vb sir 😢😢😢.. #rip
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 15, 2019
Sad day and a big loss to the cricket family. Rest In Peace VB. https://t.co/4KSlDduA9V
— Stephen Fleming (@SPFleming7) August 16, 2019
Shocked to hear the news of the passing of former Indian Cricketer VB Chandrasekhar…soo knowledgebale , calm and had such a great sense of humor. In fact we were having a few laughs on Monday in Tirunelveli #tnpl. #Sad Rest in peace VB bro !!!
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) August 16, 2019
Shocking news..can’t believe VB Sir is no more…#rip
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) August 16, 2019
Deeply saddened and shocked to know about the demise of my good friend VB Chandrasekhar. Heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul RIP.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 15, 2019
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) August 15, 2019
Very sad to hear the news of VB Chanderasekar passing away. He was supposed to work the @TNPremierLeague final tonight. Sad times at Chepauk this evening
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) August 15, 2019
Awful news! VB was a gracious and beautiful man. 😪 https://t.co/IpalQGItjD
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) August 15, 2019
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 15, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/g2mtq8wRos
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) August 15, 2019
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
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 15, 2019