In a heartwarming gesture, former Team India skipper Sourav Ganguly came forward to help his ex-teammate Jacob Martin who is reportedly fighting for her life after the road accident at the Sterling Hospital in Vadodara.
Pertinently, under the tutelage of Ganguly, Martin featured in five matches for India. The Bengal-based veteran Ganguly has vowed to assist the former cricketer.
“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.
In addition to, former fast bowling star Zaheer Khan has extended the help to Martin alongside his former teammates Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan and Munaf Patel. Sanjay revealed concurrent Indian head coach Ravi Shastri is keen to assist Martin in a best possible way.
Sanjay Patel pushed for financial aid for Martin:
Besides, the BCA’s secretary Sanjay has expressed delight in seeing the unconditional support for Martin. Patel was the first man who lends his support to Martin’s family following a road mishap, last month.
“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,” Patel said.
The 46-year-old Vadodara-based Martin is on the ventilator. The former Ranji Trophy-winning skipper for Baroda has met with an accident on December 28 which resulted in injuries to his liver and lungs. Reportedly, Martin’s daily medical expenses rose staggering INR 70,000 while suffering from multiple ailments.
Martin achieved the milestone after Baroda thrashed Railways by 21 runs in April 2001.
Help from all corners for Martin:
With Martin’s condition critical, cricketer like Ganguly has backed him for the financial aid. Also, Martin’s wife Khyati Martin had already written a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to seek immediate help.
“Since yesterday they have stopped providing medicine to Mr Martin though he is in a ventilator. I earnestly request you to send me help at the earliest so that I can save his life. Due to an emergency, may I request you to kindly deposit in the bank account of Sterling Hospital,” Khyati wrote in her letter to BCCI’s CEO Rahul Johri.
Moreover, in response, the Board sanctioned INR 5 lakhs. It further saw Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) stepping in, to sanction INR 3 lakhs for the hospitalised cricketer.
For India, Martin represented the national team in 10 One-day Internationals between 1999 and 2001. He scored 158 runs at the average of 22.57.
In the domestic fold, Martin featured in 138 First-class matches followed by 101 List-A games and two Twenty20s. He averages 46.65 in 227 first-class outings after amassing 9192. He smashed 23 hundreds and 47 half-centuries under his belt.