Former India and Baroda cricketer Jacob Martin if off the ventilator after spending almost a month in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Martin, who met with a severe road accident on December 27, suffered serious injuries to his lungs and liver.

Martin’s wife had written to the BCCI seeking financial assistance after hospital bills were surpassing an excess of Rs 70,000 every day. After the letter, many cricketers stepped forward to help the 46-year-old Martin, who played 10 ODIs from 1999 to 2001 and guided Baroda to Ranji Trophy victory. (ALSO READ: In critical condition, Baroda cricketer Jacob Martin’s wife seeks financial help from BCCI)

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who was the captain when Martin made his debut in September 1999, were among the cricketers along with Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Pathan and his brother Irfan and Munaf Patel. The Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) has also sanctioned Rs 2.7 lakh, while the BCCI had also released Rs 5 lakh from its Benevolent Fund.

Krunal Pandya, the elder brother of Hardik Pandya, had sent a blank cheque to former BCCI and BCA secretary Sanjay Patel. “Sir, please fill up whatever is needed, but nothing less than Rs 1 lakh,” Krunal told Patel. (ALSO READ: Krunal Pandya sends blank cheque to help hospitalised Baroda cricketer Jacob Martin)

Meanwhile, former India stumper Kiran More said that the moment he got to know about Jacob’s condition, he along with Baroda opener Rakesh Parikh immediately rushed to the hospital.

“I went the next day itself and I knew the doctor very well. So I was in constant touch with them. It was under me that Jacob made his debut. His condition was not that bad initially, he even spoke to me before going into coma for a brief period. When I received a message that he was out of danger, it was a great sigh of relief. His wife had asked for financial help, and the BCA and BCCI arranged for it soon,” More was quoted as saying by the Indian Express on Wednesday.

India allrounder Irfan Pathan, who was playing for Jammu and Kashmir in the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season, was informed of the incident by his elder brother Yusuf, who drove to the hospital.

Irfan had made his first-class debut for Baroda under Martin’s captaincy.

“I spoke to Jacob’s wife but obviously she was not in a position to speak too much. Such types of incident can happen to anyone and he is from our fraternity, and we are a family. I will be meeting Jacob soon. As a cricketer, we all have differences at some point of time but what was good to see was that people have come forward to help Jacob. I am told things are fine now,” Pathan said.