Women’s hockey team ranked best-ever 9th

Indian women will go into Asiad as the top-ranked team.

New Delhi: The Indian women’s hockey team achieved their best-ever world ranking as they climbed up a spot to ninth place in the latest FIH Rankings published on Tuesday by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The Indian team produced its best finish in four decades at a Women’s World Cup as they made their way to the quarterfinals of the recently concluded World Cup.

Previously ranked No. 10, the Indian team displayed some solid performances throughout the tournament in London, conceding only three goals in the five matches that they played, losing out to eventual silver medalists Ireland 3-1 in the penalty shootout.

The new ranking means that the Indian eves will go into the upcoming 18th Asian Games as the top-ranked Asian team in the world. The Indian women’s team are now ranked ahead of the likes of Korea (10th), China (11th) and Japan (14th).

Indian men jump one spot to 5th

An impressive silver medal finish at the Champions Trophy has helped the Indian men’s hockey team jump one spot to fifth in the latest FIH rankings chart. India had lost to Australia via penalty shootout in the summit clash of the Champions Trophy after the two sides were locked 1-1 in regulation time in the Netherlands last month.

India, which is defending its title at the upcoming Asian Games, is the only team which registered an upward movement among the top 10 teams. The second best Asian team is Malaysia at number 12th and is followed by Pakistan and Korea.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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