Indian football legend Subimal ‘Chuni’ Goswami, who led the country to an Asian Games gold in 1962, died Thursday aged 82, the All India Football Federation said.
Chuni Goswami breathed his last at a hospital in Kolkata on Thursday. He is survived by his wife Basanti and son Sudipto. He was 82.
Goswami – who also played first-class cricket for Bengal – died in his hometown Kolkata, according to the federation.
The loss of such a legend has naturally left a huge void in the Indian sporting fraternity. Social media was thus, flooded with tributes for Chuni Goswami after news of his demise broke.
BCCCI wrote, 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.
“Just saddened with so many bad news of dear people..The game loses another hero.. RIP Chuni da…An all time great of the game .. Life settles all scores at the end ..You have still won it,” Ganguly said on Twitter.
“Rest in eternal peace Shri. Chuni Goswami. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family.” Batting great Sunil Gavaskar said his loss would be immense.
“Today is a truly depressing day. First (Bollywood star) Rishi (Kapoor) and now Chuni da have left us. Both champions and legends in their craft,” he said.
“The world will be the poorer for their departure to the Heavens. RIP.”
Goswami, who is survived by his wife and a son, represented India on the football field in 50 international matches 36 of them official between 1956 to 1964.
After retiring from football at the age of 27, Goswami turned his focus to cricket. He represented Bengal in 46 first-class games between 1962 and 1973.
The all-rounder captained the Bengal state team in the 1971-72 season, leading them to the Ranji Trophy final.
He was also a key part of the combined Central and East Zone team that inflicted an innings defeat on Gary Sobers’ West Indies in 1966, taking eight wickets in the game with his medium-pace bowling.