‘Chuni Goswami’s sense of fitness, fighting spirit made him stand out’: Dilip Doshi
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Updated: May 2, 2020 9:36:31 pm


Chuni Goswami died on Thursday on the age of 82. (Source: Twitter/IndianSoccer)

Even the harshest of circumstances wouldn’t weaken the fighting spirit of Subimal ‘Chuni’ Goswami, who additionally introduced a “sense of fitness” into cricket from soccer, former India spinner Dilip Doshi mentioned on Saturday, hailing the sporting large.

Former India soccer crew captain Goswami, who also led Bengal Ranji Trophy side, died in Kolkata on Thursday. He was 82.

Goswami had led the Indian crew to a title triumph within the 1962 Asian Games and likewise captained Bengal within the Ranji Trophy closing in opposition to Mumbai in 1971-72.

Doshi was Goswami’s Ranji Trophy teammate.

“Coming from a footballing background, Chuni-da was an extremely fit athlete,” Doshi, himself a left-arm spinner, was quote as saying in an AIFF launch.

“Though the trend has changed in recent times, back in those days, footballers were generally far fitter than cricketers. In that sense, Chuni-da brought that sense of fitness into our cricket team,” Doshi mentioned.

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Goswami performed 46 first-class matches for Bengal, wherein he scored 1,592 runs and took 47 wickets.

“He certainly knew what background he was coming from football. Chuni-da was always a competent cricketer, but what made him stand out was his fighting spirit,” mentioned Doshi.

“He always put a price on his wicket, and would keep fighting even in the harshest of conditions ? even more than cricketers who were gifted than him. This really inspired us.”

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Doshi, who has 33 caps for India in Test cricket and 114 wickets, went on to state that Goswami’s management qualities have been unparalleled.

“He was an inspiring captain. He could always light up a room with his sense of humour. He had already captained the Indian football team, and his leadership qualities were visible,” Doshi maintained.

“He was also always open to suggestions from different members. That made him such a great leader.”

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