The Indian Women’s Hockey team achieved their best-ever world ranking as they climbed up a spot to ninth place in the latest World Rankings, updated on Tuesday by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). Meanwhile, an impressive silver-medal finish at the Champions Trophy has helped the Indian men’s hockey team jump one spot to fifth.
The women’s team produced their best finish in four decades at the Women’s World Cup as they made their way to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Previously ranked No. 10 in the World Rankings, 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 in quarters.
The new ranking also means that the Indian eves will go into the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia as the top-ranked Asian team. It also comes as added motivation for the women’s team as they begin their brief four-day National Camp at the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Bengaluru Campus starting on Tuesday.