Kolkata, Oct 30: Chuni Goswami, the captain of the gold medal winning Indian football team in 1962 Asian Games still regrets the incident where his one of the best friends and teammate custodian Prodyut Burman was axed in the final of that Asian Games. [Prodyut Burman passes away]
The then legendary coach late Syed Abdul Rahim played Thangaraj in the final in spite of the fact that Prodyut Burman had exhibited superb show in India’s group league matches as well as in the semifinal.
Burman passed away on Saturday in Kolkata at the age of 81 years. He was suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
Goswami, the former Olympian said in his reaction on Saturday, “I still cannot forget that sad incident. Burman was simply outstanding in our group league matches and in the semifinal against Japan. We could have never been able to reach the final if Burman had not delivered such a mesmerizing performance.
"Especially against Japan his performance was out of the world. Japan had a striker in that side. His name was Kamamato. He was being hailed the best striker in Asia that time for his lightening speed with ball and rocket-like punching ability.
"And in the semifinal Kamamato simply ripped us in the first half with his powerful punches and speed. We were supposed to concede at least three clear goals. Only due to Burman’s magnificent saves we were there in the match was able to fight back. Even after such a show Burman was dropped in the final.”
Commenting on Burman’s technical ability Goswami clarified, “His anticipation was fantastic. In a one-to-one situation Burman could suddenly move up towards the advancing player and could narrow the gap with such quickness that it was amazing.
"In the club level, I played against him several times. He represented Railways while I played for Mohun Bagan. I can say it was almost impossible for me and other strikers also in that time to beat him.”