Being a part of a family can have different meanings to different people. When you are living the life of a soldier, the unit is your family. Similarly, when you live the life of a sportsperson who is playing for the nation, then your team becomes your family. And that remains even after you retire from the sport.
Jacob Martin, a former Indian cricketer from Baroda witnessed the support of his extended cricket family when he required money for his operation.
Martin suffered a major accident earlier in January that caused severe damages to his lungs and liver. Now, in a positive development, the 46-year-old has been released from the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) after spending almost a month there. Moreover, the Vadodara star is now out of danger and has also resumed speaking.
Earlier, several names from the cricket fraternity had come out to help Martin, who has played 10 One-Day Internationals matches for India and has also guided Baroda to a Ranji Trophy victory.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was one of the first cricketers to come to Martin's aid and transferred funds into his bank account. Later, Krunal Pandya, the Mumbai Indians lad who is currently playing in the India A squad, wrote out a blank cheque, which said: "Sir, please fill up whatever is needed, but nothing less than Rs 1 lakh."
Other than the BCCI, the BCA and other cricketers such as Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan and even Kiran More came forward to help the Ex-Baroda captain.
However, dark clouds still hover over Martin's family, as his wife Khyati has mentioned that despite receiving financial assistance from several sources, she would still need more money in the coming days.
Till now, Martin received Rs 16 lakh out of which almost Rs.15 lakh has been spent so far in hospital expenses.
It's heartwarming to see the cricket fraternity coming forward to help one of their own, and we hope that contributions keep coming in so that Jacob Martin can get back on his feet soon.