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Former Indian Cricketer VB Chandrasekhar hangs himself

  • Former India opener and national selector VB Chandrasekhar passed away in Chennai
  • Chandrasekhar, who was only six days short of his 58th birthday, is survived by his wife and two daughters
  • Chandrasekhar played 7 ODIs between 1988 and 1990, scoring only 88 runs

Former Indian Cricketer VB Chandrasekhar passed away in Chennai, in a case of suicide.

According to police he was found hanging from a ceiling fan by the family late on Thursday night. 

He was under a lot of stress due to the debts incurred, the police official added.

The body had been shifted to the Royapettah Government Hospital for autopsy. He 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. “She informed us, too, that VB was depressed because of losses in his cricket business,” said Murugan.

Chandrasekhar played 7 ODIs between 1988 and 1990, scoring only 88 runs, but at the domestic level he was prolific for a few seasons, aggregating 4,999 runs in 81 games with the highest score of 237 not out.

A qualified engineer, VB, as he was popularly known in cricketing circles, was a member of the state team that won the Ranji Trophy in 1987-88.

The Indian cricket board condoled his death and posted on its Twitter handle (@BCCI): “BCCI regrets to inform that former India opener VB Chandrasekhar is no more. Our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and his fans.

IPL team Chennai Super Kings, for which Chandrasekhar was director-operations and a selector, condoled the death.

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