Ganguly's hug after the match was a dream come true: Debjit

Written by: Sujata Sarka
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Kochi, Dec 19: Atletico de Kolkata goalkeeper Debjit Majumder had a long cherished dream of meeting and shaking hands with former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly.

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Majumder was one of the key architects in Atletico De Kolkata’s (ATK) triumph in ISL final on Sunday, December 18 at Kochi.

Debjit Majumder (Image courtesy: ISL Twitter handle)

The Indian custodian pulled off a brilliant save of Kerala Blasters' last penalty which proved crucial at the end.

And after the match, ATK co-owner Sourav Ganguly didn't only shake Debjit's hands he gave him a warm hug.

Speaking over the phone, and overwhelmed Debjit said: “It was my dream from my early days that one day I would shake hands with Sourav Ganguly.

"And today, my dream was fulfilled. My icon did not only shake hands with me. He had embraced me, congratulating for the save offCedricc Hengbart’s final shot in the tie-breaker. That was the most valuable gift I have received so far in my football career.”

When asked about his save in the tie-breaker, Debjit revealed: “Our coach Jose Molina gives this kind of suggestions always in the training.

"And following his advice, our South African goalkeeping coach often trains us with awkward situations as it happened today in the tie-breaker.

"I dived to my right and Hengbart’s shot came towards my left. But having trained in these types of uncomfortable situations all the goalkeepers in our team get mentally prepared.

"Saving Hengbart’s shot with my left leg was the reflection of this training during the team’s practice session.”

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