VB Chandrasekhar, the former Indian Opening Batsman, was found dead at his home in Mylapore, Chennai on Thursday. The 57-year-old Cricketer is suspected to have committed suicide due to financial liabilities. Chandrasekhar represented India in seven One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and had an impressive average of 43.09 in first-class cricket career. He was the Cricket Manager of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the franchise’s first three years and played the main role in getting the iconic M.S. Dhoni to CSK.
He was a part of the last Tamil Nadu team to triumph in the Ranji Trophy in 1988. He also briefly played for Goa State Cricket team. In his Cricket career, VB mainly focussed on coaching and commentary. He was later a National Selector when Greg Chappell was the coach of Indian Cricket team.
The sudden news of Chandrasekhar’s demise, six days ahead of his 58 birthday, left the cricket fraternity in shock. Indian cricketers took to their official social media handle to pay tribute to the former Indian Selector. Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina among others expressed their disbelief on the news.
Terrible news…VB…too soon. Shocking! Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) 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”, Harbhajan tweeted expressing his condolences to the VB’s family.
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
Along with being a good reader of the cricket game, VB was an entrepreneur. He owned the team ‘VB Kanchi Veerans’ in the Tamil Nadu Premier League. Cricket meant everything to him. VB was also the owner of a ‘State of the Art Cricket Academy’, in Chennai.
With the untimely demise of VB Chandrasekhar, Tamil Nadu cricket has lost an engaging conversationalist, whose passion for the game knew no boundaries.
May he rest in peace.