Indian football legend Chuni Goswami has died

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Retrieved 30 April 2020, 18:37 IST

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Chuni Goswami played for Mohun Bagan throughout his career.

Indian football legend Chuni Goswami died in Kolkata on Thursday after a long battle with illness, after a heart attack, his family said. Goswami was bedridden with an underlying illness and had diabetic, cystitis and nerve problems. Goswami was 62 years old and played cricket and football professionally through his playing career.

Born in Kishoreganj district of East Bengal (now Bangladesh), Goswami joined Mohun Bagan at the age of eight. He started his journey as a kid with the junior team and took his place as a withdrawn striker before joining the senior team in 1954.

He played 14 years Mohun Bagan And made a niche for himself at the club, playing for the club one of the best footballers of all time. Chuni Goswami set foot in international cricket India During the team’s 1-0 victory over the champion Olympic team in 1956. He represented India in 50 events, including the Olympics, the Asian Games, the Asia Cup and the Merdeka Cup. He led India to a gold medal at the 1962 Asian Games and won silver at the 19th Asia Cup and Meredith Cup in Tel Aviv.

Goswami was also a skilled cricketer

Goswami was also a very skilled cricketer. He was the captain of both football and cricket at Calcutta University. Goswami received trial offers from such European clubs Tottenham Hotspur However, he decided to stay in Mohun Bagan.

Goswami was an all-rounder on the cricket pitch. He was a right-arm medium fast bowler and a right-handed middle-order batsman. He was the captain of the Bengal Ranji Trophy team and played 4 first-class cricket games for his state, took 447 wickets and scored over a thousand runs, including one century and seven half-centuries. He also led Bengal in the final of 19 Bengal 1-722 Ranji Trophy.

Chuni Goswami receiving the Padma Shri in 1983.“/>
Chuni Goswami receiving the Padma Shri in 1983.

Goswami was appointed director of the prestigious Tata Football Academy and in 1991 he also coached for one year. Goswami’s death will be a huge shock to the Indian sports community, especially after the recent death of co-football legend PK Banerjee. .