Sjoerd Marijne has quickly become a household name, at least in the abodes of Indian sports lovers. The chief coach of the Indian women's hockey team led India to their first-ever semifinal finish at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Monday after Rani Rampal & Co beat Australia 1-0. Following the team's historic achievement, wishes have been pouring in from all corners of the world. Even coach Marijne took to social media to share that his family will have to wait longer as the team has progressed to the semis.
Reacting to this post, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who had portrayed the role of Kabir Khan in Chak de India, a movie depicting the rise of the Indian women's hockey team, also congratulated coach Marijne. "Just bring some Gold on your way back….for a billion family members. This time Dhanteras is also on 2nd Nov. From: Ex-coach Kabir Khan," SRK wrote.
However, it is the Dutch coach's response to this that has won over the internet. While he started by thanking Shah Rukh, he couldn't help but take a bit of pride in being the real coach of the women's hockey team. "Thank you for all the support and love. We will give everything again. From: The Real Coach," he responded.
Check out the social media exchange here:
Earlier, the men's hockey team also secured a final four berth by registering a 3-1 win over Great Britain. That match was on the same day as PV Sindhu's bronze medal-winning effort. Following the highs from Sunday, the women's team's win tastes even sweeter against three-time champions Australia and that means the opposition now can't afford to take this team lightly. Moreover, India had a rather disappointing start to their Tokyo 2020 campaign but have now completed a hat-trick of wins. Gurjit Kaur was the hero of the nation as she scored her maiden Olympic goal in the 22nd minute to put India in the final four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games where they will be playing Argentina.
Irrespective of the result of that match, the win over Australia in the quarterfinal is set to go down as one of the country's most famous wins in Olympic history.