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.
Whistling merrily to celebrate @TheHockeyIndia win over Pakistan in Champions Trophy inaugural game. 4-0 is not a win but a solid statement. Good start to the new combo of @16Sreejesh and coach Harendra. #IndiaKaGame #INDvPAK #HCT2018 @imsardarsingh8
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) June 23, 2018
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.
— Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) June 23, 2018
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 23, 2018
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 23, 2018
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 23, 2018
— R P Singh (@rpsingh) June 23, 2018
Well Done Boys! ????????
4-0 against Pakistan is a formidable score!
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) June 23, 2018
Congratulate #TeamIndia on registering an emphatic 4-0 victory over Pakistan in the inaugural match of Champions Trophy 2018 at Breda. Wish them the best for upcoming matches. #HCT2018 #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/gMne4nkBKM
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) June 23, 2018