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VB Chandrasekhar – A tribute to one among the greatest Indian cricketer

VB Chandrasekhar – A tribute to one among the greatest Indian cricketer

On 15th August 2019, former Indian cricketer, VB Chandrasekhar passed away. During his career, he represented India in seven ODIs during 1988 – 1990. At a domestic level, he has played for both Goa and Tamil Nadu. In 1986, he made his first-class debut for Tamil Nadu and established himself as one of the key players for the team.

Accumulating over 551 runs, he was highly successful and even captained Tamil Nadu, before he played for Goa. Known for his aggressive mode of play, he holds the record for the fastest hundred by an Indian.

He ran a cricket academy, was a commentator, and even coached the Tamil Nadu team.

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VB Chandrasekhar was a valued player, who made his first-class debut in the 1986 – 87 season. Thereafter, he would aggregate 551 runs and 572 runs respectively, across two successful seasons 1987 – 88 and 1994 – 1995.

One of the prominent players in Tamil Nadu’s Ranji Trophy victory in the former season, in the following season, an Indian record in first-class cricket was created when he scored a century off 56 balls in a match in the Irani Trophy. When he performed well at the domestic level, he also got a place on the national side. In December 1998, he would play the ODI against New Zealand. He opened the batting with his partner Krishnamachari Srikkanth. India won by four wickets and Chandrashekhar would, yet, score only 10 runs.

Subsequently, in the third match of the series, he scored 53 runs off 77 balls leading the Indian team to a victory. He was named the captain of the Tamil Nadu team after his impressive form in domestic cricket. While playing for Goa in 1995–96, his highest score of 237 not out was achieved against Kerala.

This first-class batsman from Tamil Nadu will be missed.

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