Former Indian batsman Jacob Martin is facing a life-battling situation presently at a Vadodara hospital. Following a road accident he suffered on December 28, he has been put on ventilator and has serious injuries to his lungs and liver.
Ever since the news of his struggles made rounds, which came after Martin's wife writing to BCCI seeking help, a number of individuals and groups from Indian cricketing fraternity have come out and extended their support. And leading the way is Sourav Ganguly.
The former Indian skipper has promised full support to his ex-teammate and his family during these tough times, and has assured them 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," he told The Telegraph.
The BCCI has extended its support for one of India's former players by sanctioning Rs 5 lakh, while the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) has also contributed Rs 3 lakh towards Martin's recovery.
Baroda Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Patel, who was among the first to extend support to Martin, was pleased with the fact that a number of individuals have come out in support of the player.
"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,” Sanjay Patel added.
Earlier this month, Yusuf Pathan had taken to Twitter to post a photo of Martin post his accident, and gave an update on his situation.
Martin had featured in 10 ODIs for Team India, and had made his international debut under the leadership of Ganguly. He had a very successful domestic career, scoring over 9000 runs in 136 First Class matches as well as 2968 runs in over 100 List A games.