In an unfortunate incident, former Ranji Trophy player M Suresh Kumar was found dead in his house on Friday night. Kerala police have confirmed the tragic news. According to the police, M Suresh Kumar (47) was found hanging in his bedroom at his residence near here.
The police have stated that while it is suspecting a suicide at present, they have also launched an investigation for further probe. M Suresh Kumar is survived by wife Manju and son Athul.
“It was his son who found the cricketer hanging in his bedroom and informed us around 7.15 PM. Prima facie it is a suicide, but we are looking further into the matter,” police told PTI.
M Suresh Kumar had plied his trade for Kerala and Railways in domestic cricket. A left-arm spinner and a handy batsman, he played 72 First Class matches from 1991-92 to 2005-06, picking up 196 wickets in addition to scoring 1,657 runs. He had starred in Kerala’s first-ever Ranji Trophy victory over Tamil Nadu in the early ’90s, taking 6 wickets in both innings.
He had played 52 matches for Kerala and 17 matches for Railways where he was currently employed and also played the Duleep Trophy where he represented South Zone and Central Zone. M Suresh Kumar had played 51 List A games too where he had picked up 52 wickets.
M Suresh Kumar was also the first cricketer from Kerala to take a hat-trick in first-class cricket. He had achieved the feat while playing for Railways against Rajasthan in the 1995/96 season.
While he was considered as one of the big names in domestic cricket during his career, he never got chance to represent Team India. M Suresh Kumar was considered unlucky by many to have not featured in international cricket. Legendary batsman Rahul Dravid had in the past praised his ability with the ball.