The Indian football lovers received another setback when the legendary Indian captain Subimal ‘Chuni’ Goswami died in Kolkata today. The legend was 82 years old and captained the Indian football squad to their last gold in Asian Games in 1962. The cause of death is being reported as Cardiac arrest. The Indian legend has left behind his wife Basanti and one son Sudipto. He was also suffering from Sugar, Prostate and nerve-related ailments.
Chuni Goswami is one of the rare players in India who played two sports at the highest level for his state. While he captained the national football side in several international tournaments, he also captained the Bengal cricket team in the Ranji games.
Chuni Goswami captained the football and cricket team in the same year:
Chuni Goswami is often regarded as on the most celebrated Indian attackers. Reports also suggest that the English Club Tottenham Hotspurs were scouting him. Goswami played 50 matches as a footballer for India. He led the team to gold in 1962 Asian games whereas the team also won the runner ups medal in AFC Asian Cup two years later under his captainship. Goswami also participated in the Olympics in 1960 where the Indian team managed to hold the current World Champions France to a draw. However, he left football at the age of 27 in 1964.
Even after leaving football, sports never left Goswami. He kept playing first-class cricket for the Bengal Ranji team till his retirement in 1973. He also created moments of magic as a cricket player. As the captain of the side, he led the Bengal team to the Ranji Final in 1971 -72. He was also a part of the historical game where the combined East and Central Zone team of India served an innings defeat to the then Goliath of international cricket West Indies. Goswami was the pick of the player in the game and took eight wickets in that match.
The death of Goswami has followed the death of PK Banerjee, another legend of Indian football and a contemporary of Chuni in the golden period of Indian football.
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