Sourav Ganguly joins cricketers in coming to the aid of ex-India batsman Jacob Martin

Sudhir Gupta 17:16 21/01/2019
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Jacob Martin (r) is currently battling for his life.

Following an appeal for financial help from Jacob Martin’s family, several ex-players have come to the aid of the former India batsman.

Martins has been battling for his life ever since he met with a road accident on December 28 and is currently on a life support system at a Vadodara hospital. Following the misfortune, Jacob’s family had appealed to the BCCI for financial support to aid his recovery.

The cricketing body has already pledged financial assistance to the former batsman along with the Baroda Cricket Association.

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has now become the latest figure to voice his support for Martin and his family.

“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 told The Telegraph.

Ganguly is the latest to come to Martin's aid.

Ganguly is the latest to come to Martin’s aid.

Ganguly was skipper of India when Martin made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 1999. The Baroda batsman would go on to play a total of 10 ODIs for India with his last international appearance coming in 2001.

While Ganguly is the latest to come to Martin’s aid, India coach Ravi Shastri and former internationals Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel and Yusuf Pathan have all pledged their support in recent days.

“It’s 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,” former BCCI and Baroda Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Patel had told the Indian Express.

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