CHENNAI: MV Sridhar's sudden demise has left the cricket fraternity shocked and sad.
A former batsman for Hyderabad, he was better known of late in his role as the BCCI General Manager (cricket operations), a post from which he resigned in late September.
According to family sources and the Hyderabad Cricket Association, Sridhar was not suffering from any illness. He passed away at his Banjara Hills residence following a massive cardiac arrest on Monday afternoon. Sridhar was 51. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
A former opening batsman and Hyderabad captain of repute, whose highest score in first-class cricket was 366 against Andhra, Sridhar was also a graduate in medicine. Although he never pursued a profession as doctor, he was fondly called "Doc" by people around him. He had a successful career in the software industry.
After a distinguished Ranji Trophy career, during which he scored 6701 runs in 97 first-class matches averaging 48.91, Sridhar got involved with cricket administration and served Hyderabad Cricket Association as secretary and joint-secretary.
During India's 2007-08 tour of Australia, Sridhar was media manager for the four-Test series. It was a volatile series, with India accusing umpire Steve Bucknor of improper officiating after the second Test in Sydney, followed by the Monkeygate affair involving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds.
It was during this period that Sridhar's communication and man management skills came to the fore, as he did an efficient job. Before him, India had media managers who hardly performed the duty of one. But strangely, he was removed from the post immediately, right after the end of the Test series.
Sridhar came to limelight again in 2013, when the BCCI headed by N Srinivasan appointed him General Manager (cricket operations). His job included co-ordinating matters between the Indian team and the board, other than looking after the team's requirements. Sridhar was sent to the West Indies in July, when the team was without a head coach following Anil Kumble's resignation.
However, Sridhar's role as a former office-bearer of the Hyderabad Cricket Association came under scrutiny, as did his involvement with clubs taking part in the local league. As talks of conflict of interest started getting louder, Sridhar resigned from his BCCI post in September.
Nonetheless, Sridhar was known as a gentleman on and off the field and came across as one during his role as media manager. Polite and modest, he was prompt in communicating with the media at a time when ensuring flow of information through a proper channel was not the norm in the BCCI.
97 first-class matches
Former BCCI General Manager(Cricket Operations) MV Sridhar passes away after a cardiac arrest— ANI (@ANI) October 30, 2017
Shocked and saddened by the news of Dr. M V Sridhar passing away....cricket and world in general is poorer in his absence. R. I. P.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 30, 2017
I am deeply distressed to hear of the passing of Doc MV Sridhar. Bade bhai, life mein to abhi bhot runan banaana that aapku.....— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 30, 2017
Doc Sridhar was someone you could call anytime. I did. Courteous & firm. And a fine batsman. "Let's do it our Hyderabadi way" he would say— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 30, 2017