VB Chandrasekhar
VB Chandrasekhar (Credits: Twitter)

In a shocking news, former India cricketer VB Chandrasekhar has committed suicide at his residence in Mylapore on Thursday. Earlier reports suggested that the former Tamil Nadu stalwart had suffered a heart attack but Police have now confirmed he committed suicide. VB Chandrasekhar’s body was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his bedroom on the first floor.

VB Chandrasekhar, one of the most loved cricketers in the Indian cricketing circle, passed away aged 57.  Investigating officer inspector Senthil Murugan said Chandrasekhar had not left any suicide note.

“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.

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.

“She also informed us that VB was depressed due to the losses that he had incurred in his cricket business,” Murugan said.

His body was sent to government Royapettah hospital for autopsy. 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.

VB Chandrasekhar
VB Chandrasekhar (Credits: Twitter)

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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. In his short international career, he failed to make much impression. In seven ODIs, he scored at an average of 12.57 while making one half-century, a 77-ball 53 against New Zealand.

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.


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