Champions Trophy Hockey: India thrash Pakistan by 4-0; Gambhir calls it a ‘solid statement’

Breda: India defeated their arch-rivals Pakistan with an ensuring margin of 4-0 in their Champions Trophy campaign opener at Breda in the Netherlands on Saturday.

This is India’s first major win after India’s disastrous run at 2018 Commonwealth Games, where they finished at the fourth spot.

It also marked a positive start to India’s chief coach Harendra Singh’s fourth stint with the senior national side.

Harendra took over the reigns of the team after swapping roles with Sjoerd Marijne, following India’s dreadful CWG campaign.

The dominating victory can also be looked upon as a sweet revenge for India after Pakistan, which is being coached by former India coach and High-Performance Director Roelant Oltmans, scored a late equaliser to eke out a 1-1 draw in Gold Coast.

India cricketer Gautam Gambhir took to Twitter to celebrate India’s victory. He wrote the victory was a “solid statement.”

Apart from the cricketer, women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal, other sportspersons and politicians also congratulated the team on the big win.

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