Times of India – NEW DELHI: Those who saw him in pomp insist he is the finest footballer India has produced since the 1960s.
- But Chuni Goswami , who led India to gold in the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games and who turns 80 on Monday, was also a cricketer of considerable merit who famously demolished the West Indies in the winter of 1966.
- The West Indians found it difficult to negotiate his swing,” recalls Daljit Singh, former Bihar captain and Mohali pitch curator now.
- Hanumant Singh led the zonal side.The bamboozling of the Windies, who lost the game by an innings and 44 runs, happened in tandem with Bengal medium pacer Subrata Guha , who went on to play four Tests for India.
- In his book, Barefoot to Boots, Novy Kapadia recounts that when President Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan saw Chuni warming up before the 1965 final, he remarked, “So I see Chuni again.
- “His dribbling skills, body feints, positional play and peripheral vision him made him acomplete striker, certainly good enough for Tottenham to show interest,” Kapadia said.