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Legendary footballer Chuni Goswami passes away

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The renowned footballer, Chuni Goswami, who captained India to win a gold medal in 1962 Asian Games passed away on Thursday in Kolkata. The footballer extraordinaire was admitted in a city nursing hospital on Thursday morning.

He was suffering from underlying ailments with sugar, prostrate and nerve problems. Family confirmed that after battling the prolonged illness, Goswami, breathed his last at 5pm after cardiac arrest.

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A legendary Footballer of his time

Chuni Goswami, Indian football legend, passes away at 82 years ...
The trio of Chuni Goswami (left), P.K.Banerjee and Tulsidas Balaram who spearheaded the Indian team’s forward line in the Fifties and Sixties. (Image Credits: Twitter)

Chuni Goswami was considered to be one fo the most talented footballer of the country. He made his international debut in 1956 and went on to play for India in 50 international matches including Olympics.

The legendary footballer captained his team to win gold medal in 1962 Asian games and a silver medal in 1964 Asia Cup held in Tel Aviv.

Chuni Goswami, holds the distinction of playing for a single club, Mohun Bagan, throughout his club career despite numerous offers from other famous clubs.

A Versatile Player

Bengal's cricket family fondly remembers Chuni - The Hindu
 Chuni Goswami, being dismissed by Milind Rege, scored 96 and 84 for Bengal in the 1969 Ranji Trophy final against Bombay.  (Image Credits: The Hindu)

Chuni Goswami, the extraordinaire footballer was adept at cricket also. With his knack of cricket, Goswami played 46 first class matches scoring 1592 runs and took 47 wickets in a span of 10 years.

He made his debut in cricket in a Ranji Trophy match for Bengal in 1962-63 season. In 1966, he and Subroto Guha plotted the historic innings defeat of Gary Sobers’ West Indies by the combined Central and East Zone team under Hanumant Singh in Indore. Goswami took eight wickets in that fixture.

Under his captaincy, Bengal reached to Ranji Trophy final in the 1971-72 season performing tremendously well in the tournament before losing against Bombay at the Brabourne Stadium.

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