India slip to seventh in world rankings

Despite claiming bronze in the Hockey World League Final in Raipur, India dropped to the seventh spot in the FIH rankings.

India won the bronze medal in the recently concluded Hockey World League Final in Raipur.   -  Getty Images

The bronze medal in the recently-held Hockey World League (HWL) Final, notwithstanding, India dropped a place to the seventh position in the latest International Hockey Federation (FIH) rankings for men. Only last month, the Indian men’s hockey team jumped two places to occupy sixth place in the the FIH rankings.

World champions Australia, the winners of HWL Final in Raipur earlier this month, continue to occupy the top spot ahead of second placed Netherlands and Germany. With England (Great Britain) remaining in fourth, Belgium leapfrogged Argentina (6) and India into fifth place as they finished runners up at the HWL Final in Raipur.

New Zealand occupy the eighth spot, followed by Korea and Pakistan to complete the top 10 positions.Meanwhile in the women’s section, Olympic and World champions Netherlands remain at the top of the rankings followed by Argentina and Australia.

Indian women remained static at the 13th spot.