New Delhi: India women’s hockey team head coach Sjoerd Marijne had an interesting chat with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan after Rani Rampal and Co seal their spot in the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics. On Monday, India beat world no 2 Australia to qualify in the semifinal for the first time in the Olympic Games history.Also Read - Thorough Coaching Programme Reason Behind Indian Hockey Revival: MM Somaya
After the historic win, several Indian fans on social media started comparing Marijne to Chak de India’s character Kabir Khan which was played by Shah Rukh. The 2007 Bollywood blockbuster was based on the Indian women’s hockey team as Shah Rukh played the role of a head coach named Kabir Khan. Also Read - Shah Rukh Khan Says ‘Ye Bandhan Abhi Bhi Pyaar Ka Bandhan Hai’ to Salman Khan For SiwaySRK Ads
After the emphatic win, Marijne took to Twitter to post,”Sorry family , I coming again later.” Shah Rukh replied on Marijene post and wrote,”Haan haan no problem. 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.” Also Read - PR Sreejesh Opens up to Amitabh Bachchan Regarding Challenges, Says Playing on Astro Turf Totally Different From Playing on Natural Grass
The interaction continued as Marijene’s witty reply impressed many fans. “Thank you for all the support and love. We will give everything again. From: The Real Coach,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, in the quarterfinals drag-flicker, Gurjit Kaur rose to the occasion when it mattered and converted India’s lone penalty corner in the 22nd minute to surprise the Australians.
Coming into the match, the odds were totally against India as in world no.2 Australia, a mighty unbeaten opponent, awaited them.