Former India and Tamil Nadu opener V.B. Chandrasekhar handed away right here following a cardiac arrest on Thursday. He was 57.
Chandrasekhar, popularly referred to as VB, is survived by spouse and two daughters.
A tough-hitting opener, he represented India in seven ODIs, with an innings of 53 being his highest rating. In 81 First Class matches, Chandrasekhar notched up 4999 runs at 43.09 with 10 centuries.
After his eventful cricketing profession, the place he was part of the final Tamil Nadu workforce to triumph within the Ranji Trophy in 1988 — he later led the State aspect after which briefly performed for Goa — VB focussed on teaching and commentary.
VB coached the Tamil Nadu Ranji workforce and was frequently concerned with the sport.
Considerably, he was the cricket supervisor of Chennai Tremendous Kings within the franchise’s first three years and was instrumental in getting the enduring M.S. Dhoni to CSK.
Particular bond with Dravid
He shared a particular bond with Rahul Dravid and spent lengthy hours dissecting cricket with the batting legend. “I taught Rahul find out how to sweep,” he would say with a sparkle in his eyes.
Curiously, Dravid’s sons used to go to VB’s teaching camp in Chennai. “They’re very promising. Be careful for them,” VB would say.
The multi-faceted Chandrasekhar wore many hats. He was a Nationwide selector from 2004 to 2006. He was additionally an distinctive expertise spotter.
VB’s explosive batting abilities got here to the fore within the Irani Trophy of 1988-89 in Chennai, the place he reached his century off 56 balls, which was then the quickest hundred by an Indian in First Class cricket.
Throughout Tamil Nadu’s triumphant Ranji marketing campaign in 1987-88, VB scored 551 from eight matches at 45.91, usually dismantling assaults on the high of the order together with his barrage of strokes. He cherished hitting the ball straight.
Quickly he was drafted into the Indian ODI workforce. Within the early 1990s, VB travelled to New Zealand with the Indian workforce.
Heat, pleasant individual
He was a heat, pleasant man, who introduced with him appeal, class and wit. He would regale you with anecdotes laced with a way of humour.
VB was an entrepreneur. He owned the workforce VB Kanchi Veerans within the Tamil Nadu Premier League. Cricket meant every thing to him. VB was additionally the proprietor of a state-of-the-art cricket academy in Chennai.
“It’s an absolute shock for me. I can not consider it. He was an excellent attacking batsman. It’s unlucky that he didn’t play extra for India,” stated former India captain Ok. Srikkanth.
He added, “We additionally did commentary collectively after our enjoying days. He was a heat individual.”
Former India leg-spinner V.V. Kumar stated, “I reside near his home, used to fulfill VB usually. It’s a enormous blow to all of us. Together with Srikkanth, he was essentially the most aggressive batsman Tamil Nadu produced.”
In the previous few years, VB took a eager curiosity in his daughters’ profession in Carnatic music. He would journey with them to totally different cities, attending concert events.
Tamil Nadu cricket has misplaced a genuinely good individual, an attractive conversationalist, whose ardour for the sport knew no bounds. VB shall be missed.