Indian Hockey Team Overtakes Germany, Ranks 5th in the World
The Indian hockey team jumped a place to fifth, overtaking Germany in the men’s world rankings issued by International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday, 17 July.
The PR Sreejesh-led team have made the jump by virtue of its second consecutive runner-up finish at the Champions Trophy in Breda, Netherlands earlier this month.
Champions Trophy winners Australia remained on top of the chart, thanks to its title victory. The Kookaburras claimed their 15th Champions Trophy by defeating India in a shoot-out in the final, ensuring that the reigning world champions held on to the top spot in the rankings table.
Australia (1906 points) sit 23 points ahead of second-ranked Argentina (1883) and are followed by Belgium (1709) and Netherlands (1654).
With 1484 points, India have pushed Germany (1456) to sixth.
Most of the teams in the top 20 are non-movers, although 18th placed Austria and 19th ranked Egypt have climbed ahead of France, who now sit in 20th position.