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India football legend Chuni Goswami passes away at 82

India football legend Chuni Goswami passed away in Kolkata on Thursday after a prolonged illness. He led the Indian football team and also led Bengal in the 1971-72 Ranji season.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: May 1, 2020 8:05:45 am
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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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