Indian Football Legend Chunni Goswami
- Padmashri and Arjuna Awardee Chunni Goswami died of a heart attack in Kolkata.
- Chunni Goswami led the Indian football team to gold in the 1962 Asian Games under his captaincy.
Former country’s football captain Chunni Goswami died in Kolkata on Thursday. The 82-year-old was the captain of the Indian team that won the gold medal at the 1962 Asian Games. He also played first-class cricket on behalf of the Bengal cricket team. Chunni’s family informed of his death. The Government of India also honored him with the Padma Shri and the Arjuna Award. President Ram Nath Kovind, Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla expressed grief over the death of Goswami.
Death due to heart attack
Chunni had been struggling with sugar and nerve problems for a long time. When the condition worsened on Thursday morning, the family admitted him to a private hospital in Kolkata. He suffered a heart attack during his treatment. After some time he breathed his last.
Others including the president expressed grief
The President tweeted, “Sad to hear of the death of Chunni Goswami. Indian football fans lost a legend with his death. He was a versatile player. My deepest condolences to his family. ” At the same time, Om Birla said, “I am saddened by the news of the death of former footballer and first-class cricketer Chunni Goswami. The country will always remember his achievements in both sports. may his soul rest in peace.”
The Indian Football team won the gold medal in the 1962 Asian Games. Chunni was the captain of this team. The team was the Asian runner up in 1964. Its command was also in the hands of this legendary footballer from Bengal. He was associated with Mohun Bagan Club of Kolkata for his life. The special thing is that Chunni was not just a footballer. He also played first-class cricket from the Bengal team. Apart from this, he was also a tremendous forward in hockey. But his first love was football.
He retired from international football at age 27
Chunni made his international debut as a footballer in 1957. He retired from international football when he was 27 years old. But, Mohun continued to play for Bagan. In 1966 the West Indies team was on a tour of India. Central and East Zone combined teams formed under the leadership of Hanumant Singh. The match took place in Indore. The team led by Sir Gary Sobers lost by eight wickets. Chunni took eight wickets in this match. He became the captain of the Bengal team in 1971–72. Ranji finals to the team.