Legendary Indian footballer Chuni Goswami, who captained the 1962 Asian Games gold-winning team, died at the age of 82 after suffering a cardiac arrest on Thursday. He was also a first-class cricketer. Goswami represented India in 50 matches. He was a Padmashree and Arjuna awardee. “He suffered a cardiac arrest and died in the hospital at around 5pm,” a family source told news agency PTI. Goswami, who played for India from 1956 to 1964, was suffering from underlying ailments, including sugar, prostrate and nerve problems.
“Another legendary Indian Footballer and a fine first class cricketer has left us today. Rest in eternal peace Shri. Chuni Goswami. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family,” All India Football Federation president Praful Patel tweeted.
Another legendary Indian Footballer and a fine first class cricketer has left us today. Rest in eternal peace Shri. Chuni Goswami. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family.#ChuniGoswami #RIPLegend #IndianFootball @IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/UT70VJsfBj
— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) April 30, 2020
Tributes also poured in from Indian Super League clubs NorthEast United FC and Bengaluru FC.
“A true great of Indian sport, Subimal ‘Chuni’ Goswami is no more. A Legend and an inspiration. Our prayers,” Bengaluru FC posted on their official Twitter handle.
“Indian footballing legend and a fine first class cricketer, Chuni Goswami is no more. May his soul rest in peace!” tweeted NorthEast United FC.
He was also a fine cricketer. Playing as an all-rounder, he represented West Bengal in 46 first-class matches from 1962 and 1973, leading the team to the Ranji Trophy final in the 1971-72 season. .
He is survived by his wife Basanti and son Sudipto.