VB Chandrasekhar, the previous Tamil Nadu, and India batsman died in Chennai on Thursday. He was six days short of his 58th birthday celebration.
A hard-hitting opening batsman, Chandrasekhar was a key individual from the Tamil Nadu group that won the state’s second Ranji Trophy title in 1987-88, scoring 160 in the quarter-final against Uttar Pradesh and 89 runs in the final against Railways.
He lined that up with a 56-ball fourth-innings century in the Irani Trophy against Rest of India, at the time the quickest hundred in five-star cricket by an Indian.
Those exhibitions earned Chandrasekhar a spot in India’s limited-overs squad. His international vocation kept going only seven ODIs, however, in which he arrived at the midpoint of 12.57 and he made one half-century, a 77-ball 53 against New Zealand in a 53-run win in Indore.
Following a top-notch profession that brought him 4999 runs at 43.09, Chandrasekhar served spells as the South Zone delegate in the national determination board from 2004 to 2006, a period of an extensive stir in Indian cricket with John Wright’s exit and Greg Chappell’s enlisting as the national mentor.
He was additionally cricket administrator of Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and made the triumphant offer of USD 1.5 million for MS Dhoni in the debut IPL auction. He filled in as Tamil Nadu’s mentor in 2012-13. He was likewise noted for his sharp mind as a TV commentator.
His demise was mourned by players and administrators.