Veteran cricketer VB Chandrasekhar committed suicide, confirms Police

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Veteran cricketer VB Chandrasekhar committed suicide, confirms Police

A piece of alarming news for the world of the gentleman’s game came in the form of former India opener and Tamil Nadu batsman VB Chandrasekhar’s (57) death. Unable to handle the pressure of a huge mounting debt, he committed suicide by hanging at his Mylapore residence in Chennai on Thursday night.

The veteran cricketer owned the T20 team, VB Kanchi Veerans that was a part of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). According to initial investigation reports, he had borrowed nearly Rs 4 crore from a private bank, and invested around Rs 3 crore on the team.

“The autopsy report had confirmed it as death by hanging and the body has been handed over to the family,” A Jayalakshmi, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mylapore, said.

Earlier, it was being said that he had died of a massive heart attack.

He was also with the CSK, and had played a big role in getting MS Dhoni into the team.

“He had incurred heavy losses in running the cricket team, Kanchi Veerans in the absence of any sponsor since its inception four years ago. Further, the team reached the play-off stage only this year but was eliminated after losing a crucial match. And recently, the bank from which he had borrowed money by pledging his house as surety, had sent a recovery notice. Ever since, he was under great mental stress,” said Jayalakshmi.

The Deputy Commissioner also added that Chandrasekhar’s wife, Sowmya, had told the police that he was depressed due to the financial losses and the debt burden.

“Preliminary inquiry points to death due to mounting financial troubles. Further investigations on,” the DCP signed off.

It was indeed a dark day for his family, comprising his wife and two daughters.

Here’s how the shocked cricketing world reacted to his sudden demise:

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