Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has stepped up to help Indian cricketer Jacob Martin who is on a life support due to an accident. Ganguly has told Martin’s family that they don’t stand alone in this situation of crisis. Several other cricketers and cricket boards have helped Martin’s family to arrange for his medical costs.
According to an English newspaper, the former India captain stated that Martin and he have been teammates and he remembers him as a quiet, introvert-type of person.
While praying for Martin’s speedy recovery, Ganguly noted that he would like his family to know that they don’t stand alone.
Martin made his international debut under Ganguly’s captaincy and the duo have played a few matches together.
Martin met with an accident on December 28th and is currently on life support. He has suffered injuries to his lungs and liver and his family approached BCCI seeking financial help to cover the medical costs.
BCCI offered INR 5 lakhs while Baroda Cricket Association stepped in with INR 3 lakhs. Apart from Ganguly, other Indian cricketers too have contributed.
Sanjay Patel, former BCCI secretary who is coordinating to raise the funds stated that it is overwhelming that Zaheer Khan, Yusuf and Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, Sourav and Ravi, among others, have come forward to extend a helping hand in this time of distress for Martin’s family.
A right-hand batsman, Jacob Martin played 10 ODIs for India. The Baroda player was a force to reckon with in domestic cricket and averaged 46.65 in 227 first-class innings. He is also one of the very few batsman who has scored more than 1000 runs in a single Ranji trophy season.
He retired from cricket in 2008 and in the recent times has been coaching Baroda’s age-group sides.