Early in the last evening news a broke that former opener and national selector V B Chandrasekhar had died of cardiac arrest. But, later in the evening, police said he had committed suicide by hanging himself. The body was taken in custody for post-mortem.
Known popularly as VB, Chandrasekhar was five days short of his 58th birthday. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. A dashing opening batsman, he played seven ODIs from 1988-90. After retirement, he wore the different hats of selector, coach and commentator. He also owned the Tamil Nadu Premier League franchise VB Kanchi Veerans.
According to police sources, he was last seen having tea with his wife at his residence around 5.45 pm. After that, he went to his room. As he did not come out even after two hours, his wife knocked on the door and found no response.
She informed neighbours and after breaking the door open, they apparently found him hanging from the ceiling. The Mylapore Police Station has filed a case of suspicious death.
Cricketers from across the country paid tribute to the member of the 1988 Ranji Trophy-winning Tamil Nadu team, who was a popular figure. Among those who expressed grief were K Srikkanth, Anil Kumble, WV Raman, Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina.