Anirudh Chaudhary, the president of the Haryana Cricket Association and the treasurer of the BCCI, explained as follows: “He was trying to help youngsters prepare a pitch for a football tournament in his village. As they were trying to level the field, the tractor somehow slipped and ran over Sandeep.”
He further said: “It’s a very personal loss for me and I am not in a position to speak about it, at least for now.”
There was much shock amongst the cricketer’s team mates. Not only were his fellow cricketers saddened by the sudden death of their team mate and friend, he was also an excellent all rounder for the Haryana team. Sandeep was known to help keep a relaxed atmosphere in the dressing room, and was generally liked by all.
Sandeep, when he was just 17 years of age, was opening batsman in the 2005 – 2006 season against Andhra. He was a player that was certainly on the up and up.
Jayant Yadav said of the late Sandeep Singh: “At the start of the season there was this one instance where myself and my Sachin bhaiya [Sachin Rana] were bowling on our own in a side net. There was no batsman or a wicketkeeper and we were just bowling at the stumps. So we would have to walk up and fetch the ball ourselves and walked back 24 yards to deliver again. Suddenly Sandy bhaiya [Sandeep] walked up without any alert or request from our end and just went up and stood up behind the wickets. That became a routine throughout the season. At times he would quit his own drills and help us out.”