India football legend Chuni Goswami passed away Thursday in Kolkata after a prolonged illness. He was 82. Goswami led the Indian team in the 1962 Asian Games, in which India secured a gold medal.
The football legend had reportedly been undergoing treatment for several months after being diagnosed with diabetes, prostrate, and nerve problems. His death was confirmed by family members, who said that the former footballer was admitted to a hospital and suffered a cardiac arrest on Thursday evening.
Apart from the gold in the 1962 Asian Games, Goswami also led India to the runners-up spot in the next edition of the event in 1964.
We’re deeply saddened by the passing of former player and club Legend Sri Subimal (Chuni) Goswami, aged 83.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
Rest in peace, Chuni Goswami. pic.twitter.com/H7yERNYNLN
— Mohun Bagan (@Mohun_Bagan) April 30, 2020
At the club level, he represented Mohun Bagan for 15 consecutive years – from 1954 to 1968, and scored 200 goals for the green and maroons including 145 in the Calcutta Football League, 25 goals in the IFA Shield, 18 goals in the Durand Cup, 11 goals in the Rovers Cup and 1 goal in the Dr. HK Mookerjee Shield.
After making his international debut in 1957, Goswami retired from the sport at the age of 27.
The versatile sportsman had also won several achievements in cricket as well. In 1966, along with Subroto Guha, he played a pivotal role in the historic innings defeat of the Gary Sobers-led West Indies by the combined Central and East Zone team in Indore. Goswami took eight wickets in that fixture.
BCCI mourns the death of Subimal ‘Chuni’ Goswami, an all-rounder in the truest sense. He captained the Indian national football team & led to them to gold in the 1962 Asian Games. He later played first-class cricket for Bengal & guided them to the final of Ranji Trophy in 1971-72 pic.twitter.com/WgXhpoyLaB
— BCCI (@BCCI) April 30, 2020
Goswami, who was
Born in undivided Bengal’s Kishoreganj district (now in Bangladesh), also captained Bengal in the 1971-72 Ranji season and led the team to the finals, where they failed to beat Bombay.
Goswami won the Arjuna Award in 1963 and was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri Award in 1983.
At the domestic level, Goswami was part of the Bengal’s triumphant Santosh Trophy squad thrice – in 1955, 1958, and in 1959.
RIP Chuni Goswami 🙏🏼
The 1962 Asian Games 🥇 gold-medalist Captain of the 🇮🇳 @IndianFootball team, Chuni Goswami passed away after a prolonged illness at the age of 82 today.
— AFC (@theafcdotcom) April 30, 2020
His first-class career as a cricketer ended after 46 matches and he scored 1,592 runs, including a century.
He also served the Tata Football Academy as its Director and was appointed the Sheriff of Kolkata in 2005. In the same year, he was awarded the Mohun Bagan Ratna and was bestowed the Banga Bibhusan in 2013.
Earlier this year, the Indian postal department had also honoured Goswami with a commemorative stamp on his 82nd birthday.