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Ex-India cricketer VB Chandrasekhar passes away, police confirm suicide

Ex-India cricketer VB Chandrasekhar passes away, police confirm suicide: Former India player VB Chandrasekhar passed away in Chennai on Thursday at the age of 57. Initially, it was said that Chandrasekhar died due to cardiac arrest but later as per the news reports, police confirmed that he had committed suicide. However, the reason behind the same is not clear yet. No suicide note has been recovered and the investigation is on. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

The former Indian opener allegedly committed suicide owing to losses in TNPL. VB Chandrasekhar was the owner of VB Kanchi Veerans in the T20 league. The team finished fourth in the points table this season, winning four out of seven matches. According to a senior police officer, “Financial liabilities appear to be the reason.” Investigating officer Inspector Senthil Murugan said, “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.”

Chandrasekhar, known as VB in cricketing circles, represented India as an opener in seven ODIs. After his retirement from domestic cricket, he was involved in coaching and commentary. He also briefly served as Indian teams’ selector and was also the manager of the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL for three years. Notably, VB Chandrasekhar was the one who brought MS Dhoni to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League.

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

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. Unfortunately, his technique was found out during a tri-series in New Zealand in 1990, ensuring that he never played for India again. Two years later, he played his final ODI against Australia in Hamilton.

Several cricketers like Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, and Suresh Raina, etc. have written their tributes to Chandrasekhar on Twitter following news of his demise.

“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 tweeted.

Suresh Raina tweeted, “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 the very beginning. My deepest condolences to the family.”