Chuni Goswami's leadership qualities were unparalleled: Dilip Doshi

NEW DELHI: Even the harshest conditions would not weaken the fighting spirit of Subimal 'Chuni' Goswami, who also brought a sense of physical fitness to cricket from soccer, a former Indian player. Dilip Doshi he said Saturday, waving to the sports giant.

Former captain of the India football team Goswami, who also coached Bengal Ranji Trophy aside, he died in Calcutta on Thursday. He was 82 years old.

Goswami had led the Indian team to a title win at the 1962 Asian Games and also captained Bengal in the Ranji Trophy final against Mumbai in 1971-72.

Doshi was Goswami's Ranji Trophy teammate.

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Coming from a soccer background, Chuni-da was an extremely fit athlete, Doshi, himself a left-arm spinner, said in an AIFF statement.

Although the trend has changed lately, in those days, footballers were generally much fitter than cricketers. In that regard, Chuni-da brought that sense of fitness to our cricket team, Doshi said.

Goswami played 46 first-class matches for Bengal , in which he scored 1,592 runs and took 47 wickets.

He certainly knew what background he came from: soccer. Chuni-da was always a competent cricket player, but what made him stand out was his fighting spirit, Doshi said.

He always put a price on his wicket, and kept fighting even in the harshest conditions, even more than the cricketers who had talent for him. This really inspired us.

Doshi, who has 33 matches with India in test cricket and 114 wickets, went on to say that Goswami's leadership qualities were unparalleled.

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

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