Chuni Goswami brought a sense of fitness into Bengal cricket team, says former India spinner Dilip Doshi
Even the harshest of conditions would not weaken the fighting spirit of Subimal 'Chuni' Goswami, who also brought a "sense of fitness" into cricket from football, former India spinner Dilip Doshi said on Saturday, hailing the sporting giant.
Chuni Goswami's aura has transcended generations effortlessly. After all, there are not too many Indian athletes who have excelled in two diverse sport that attracted fans from different ends of the social spectrum back then.
'All-rounder in the truest sense', Twitterati mourn demise of former India football captain Chuni Goswami
Goswami captained the national team in the 1962 Asian Games and India went on to win the gold
Goswami, who also played first-class cricket for Bengal, was 82 and breathed his last at a hospital in Kolkata.
Besides winning the gold medal at the Jakarta Asian Games in 1992, Banerjee led India in the 1960 Rome Olympics, where he scored the equaliser against a formidable French team in a 1-1 draw
Goswami, who turned 82 on Wednesday, became only the third Indian footballer after Gostho Paul (1998) and Talimeren Ao (2018) on whose name a commemorative stamp has been issued by the largest postal network in the world.
India skipper Sunil Chhetri on Saturday said being in the elite list of former footballers to be honoured with the Padma award makes him a bit "nervous" and brings "extra pressure" to strive for excellence.
Chhetri, however, would not be able to take a break immediately after the wedding as he will be off to Guwahati for their away match against NorthEast United FC on 8 December.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India must make good use of upcoming event, says football legend Chuni Goswami
Former captain Chuni Goswami on Sunday said India must make good use of the opportunity to host the Under-17 football World Cup and look to qualify for the knockout stage.
India's biggest football draw -- clash between bitter foes Mohun Bagan and East Bengal --was on Wednesday called off in Kolkata after a no-show from the former team in the Calcutta Football League Premier Division.