Former Indian cricketer Jacob Martin battling for life finds support from the cricketing community
Recently, Sourav Ganguly also lent a helping hand to Jacob.
Updated - Jan 21, 2019 12:53 pm
Jacob Martin, the former India batsman, who is in a critical condition after he suffered grievous injuries in a road accident last month, is struggling to raise funds for his treatment. Currently, he is on a ventilator battling for life in a Vadodara hospital after injuries to his lungs and liver in the accident.
Martin’s wife had sought for the BCCI’s help for her husband’s treatment. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to contribute Rs 5 lakhs with the Baroda Cricket Association granting Rs 3 lakhs. Sanjay Patel, the former BCCI and BCA secretary, has also extended a helping hand in order to raise funds for the treatment.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has also joined the bandwagon and has assured all help possible to the family. The Baroda born cricketer who played ten ODIs for India made his debut under Prince of Kolkata in September 1999. As the 46-year-old continues to battle for life, Ganguly has stepped in to support his former teammate and his family.
I’d like his family to know that they don’t stand alone
“Martin and I have been teammates and I remember him as a quiet, introvert-type of person. While praying for Martin’s speedy recovery, I’d like his family to know that they don’t stand alone,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, and former Indian cricketer Munaf Patel have also come forward to help Martin’s family. Indian head coach Ravi Shastri, who is currently in New Zealand with the rest of the Indian team for the upcoming ODI series, had also given assurance to former Baroda Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Patel.
Jacob Martin played 10 ODIs for the national team scoring 158 runs at an average of 22.57. He played five games under Ganguly’s captaincy and another five another Sachin Tendulkar‘s leadership. The right-hander featured in 138 First-class matches amassing 9192 runs. Martin played for Baroda and Railways in the domestic circuit also leading Baroda to their first Ranji title in the 2000-2001 season.