Late Subimal Goswami,
Former Captain of Indian Team
Footballer & Cricketer, India
Former Indian Captain and First Class Cricketer, “Subimal Goswami” passes away today at the age of 82 in kolkata. He represented India in 50 International Matches in Football and played 46 First class matches for Bengal. Former Captain won the “Arjuna Award” in 1963 and the prestigious “Padma Shri Award” in 1983.
Some people make sports as their career, and some people just play to live. If their game end, their life too. The personality of Former Indian Football Captain, “Submil Goswami” was like this. His fans used to call him, “Chunni Goswami”. Apart from being a footballer, He was a great cricketer too. Former captain was born on 15th January, 1938 in Kishoreganj, Bengal (Now in Bangladesh) and passed away in Kolkata, India on 30th April, 2020.
Since his childhood, he had a passion for football. He joined “Mohun Bagan Club” at the age of just 8. He served this club for 22 years and for continuing his play for this club, he rejected an offer to join from very popular football club “Tottenham Hotspur”. He led this club for 5 years from 1960-1964.
He joined Indian football team in 1956 and represented India in 50 International matches including Olympics, Asian Games, Asia cup and Merdeka cup. He led Team India in Asian Games, 1962 and won Gold Medal, Also in 1964 with Silver medal and Merdeka Cup in 1964.
If we say football was his first love, then cricket was his another. He was the captain of both teams at Calcutta University. After joining Bengal Ranji Team as an all-rounder in the year 1962-1963, he took retirement from football and opted cricket totally. He played 46 first class matches and scored 1592 run (including 1 century and 7 half-century) and took 47 wickets. He won major awards like “Best Striker award” in 1962, “Arjun Award” in 1963, “Padam Shri” in 1983, and “Mohun Bagan Ratna Award” in 2005.
Chuni Goswami was rich in various talents and apart from football and Cricket, he played Lawn Tennis for South Club. He also enacted in Bengali movie “Prothom Prem” and was also Sheriff of Kolkata in 2005.
Former Indian Captain was suffering from Diabetes and various disease. He died of cardiac attack on 30th April, 2020 at the age of 82 in Kolkata.
Few lines are briefing his whole journey,
“यूँ ही नहीं होती हाथों के लकीरों के आगे उँगलियाँ,
रब ने भी किस्मत से आगे मेहनत लिखी हैं|”