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VB Chandrasekhar, former India opener, passes away


VB Chandrasekhar, who played for India in seven one-day internationals, died on Thursday, 15 August, aged 57.

Chandrasekhar's highest score in a brief international career that ran between 1988 and 1990 was 53, but he was a domestic stalwart. He had 4999 runs from 81 first-class matches, most of them for Tamil Nadu, with an average of 43.09 and 10 centuries. He played a big role in Tamil Nadu's Ranji Trophy win in 1987-88 – the last time they have won the prestigious trophy.

A hard-hitting opener, his 56-ball century in the Irani Trophy in 1988-89 was then the quickest by an Indian in first-class cricket. 

After his playing career, he turned to commentary and coaching, and was also a national selector. He was involved in the Indian Premier League with Chennai Super Kings, and was seen as being instrumental in bringing MS Dhoni to the franchise.

Tributes came in from his colleagues as the cricket world was left shocked by the news.



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